40th Brit Awards

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40th Brit Awards
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Date18 February 2020
VenueThe O2 Arena
Hosted byJack Whitehall
Alice Levine
(Nominations show & red carpet)
Clara Amfo
(Red carpet)
Most awardsLewis Capaldi (2)
Most nominations
  • Lewis Capaldi
  • Dave (4 each)
Websitehttps://www.brits.co.uk/ Edit this on Wikidata
Television/radio coverage
NetworkITV
ITV2 (Red Carpet)
YouTube
Runtime125 minutes
Viewership3.8 million[1]

The 2020 Brit Awards were held on 18 February 2020 at the O2 Arena in London. It was the 40th edition of the British Phonographic Industry's annual pop music awards.[2] On 27 November 2019, Jack Whitehall was announced as the host for the third year running.[3][4]

In December 2019, it was announced that BBC Radio 1 host Alice Levine would be hosting the BRITs Are Coming Nominations Launch Show on 11 January 2020. The show was broadcast on ITV.[2]

Category changes[edit]

The British Phonographic Industry has "revamped"[5] the award categories for this year's ceremony. Several award categories have been renamed and abolished, reducing the number of awards from thirteen to nine.[6] The Brit Awards will no longer be supporting fan voting and will aim to start "giving artists' complete artistic control over their performances".[7] Brits Committee chairman David Joseph stated "Most importantly we will be putting creativity, British culture and exceptional performances at the heart of the show to make Brits night a world class celebration."[5]

Abolished categories[edit]

As of 18 February 2020, The British Phonographic Industry has abolished the following awards:[7]

Renamed categories[edit]

As of 18 February 2020, The British Phonographic Industry has renamed the following awards:[5]

Controversy[edit]

Following the launch show, the Brits were castigated for having male-dominated nominations on the main and gender-neutral categories.[8][9][10][11][12] The nominations for Album of the Year, Best Group and Best New Artist were almost entirely dominated by male solo artists, except for Mabel who was nominated for the latter, and international singers Normani and Miley Cyrus, who both were up for Song of the Year for their collaborations with Sam Smith and Mark Ronson.

Performers[edit]

Pre-ceremony[edit]

Performer(s) Song UK Singles Chart reaction
(week ending 23 January 2020)
UK Albums Chart reaction
(week ending 23 January 2020)
Liam Payne
Cheat Codes
"Live Forever" N/A LP1 – 100 (–31)
Freya Ridings "Lost Without You" N/A Freya Ridings – 72 (+18)
Aitch "Taste (Make It Shake)" N/A N/A
Dermot Kennedy "Power Over Me" 60 (+26) Without Fear – 23 (+17)
Mabel "Don't Call Me Up" 52 (+4) High Expectations – 22 (+7)

Main show[edit]

Performer(s) Song UK Singles Chart reaction
(week ending 27 February 2020)
UK Albums Chart reaction
(week ending 27 February 2020)
Mabel "Don't Call Me Up" 34 (+14) High Expectations – 24 (+5)
Lewis Capaldi "Someone You Loved" 6 (+1) Divinely Uninspired to a Hellish Extent – 2 (+/–)
Harry Styles "Falling" 41 (+53) Fine Line – 8 (+1)
Lizzo "Cuz I Love You"
"Truth Hurts"
"Good as Hell"
"Juice"
N/A
N/A
66 (+9)
N/A
Cuz I Love You – 35 (re-entry)
Dave "Black"
Freestyle[13]
100 (re-entry) Psychodrama – 14 (+43)
Billie Eilish
Finneas
Johnny Marr
Hans Zimmer
"No Time to Die" 1 (debut) When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? – 4 (+2)
Don't Smile at Me – 13 (+4)
Celeste "Strange" N/A N/A
Stormzy
Burna Boy
Tiana Major9
"Don't Forget to Breathe"
"Do Better"
"Wiley Flow"
"Own It" (with elements of "Fortune Teller" by J Hus)
"Anybody" (Burna Boy)
"Rainfall"
N/A
N/A
N/A
23 (+/–)
N/A
N/A
Heavy Is the Head – 7 (+/–)
Rod Stewart
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Ronnie Wood
Kenney Jones
"I Don't Want to Talk About It"
"Stay with Me"
N/A
N/A
You're in My Heart: Rod Stewart with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra – 34 (–8)

Winners and nominees[edit]

The winners are in bold.[14][15]

British Album of the Year
(presented by Billie Eilish and Finneas)
Song of the Year
(presented by Tom Jones)
British Male Solo Artist
(presented by Ronnie Wood)
British Female Solo Artist
(presented by Ellie Goulding and Jorja Smith)
British Group
(presented by Anne-Marie, Courtney Love, and Hailee Steinfeld)
Best New Artist
(presented by Clara Amfo and Niall Horan)
International Male Solo Artist
(presented by Kiefer Sutherland and Paloma Faith)
International Female Solo Artist
(presented by Melanie C)
Rising Star Award
(presented by Sam Fender)
British Producer of the Year

Multiple nominations and awards[edit]

Artists who received multiple nominations
Nominations Artist
4 Dave
Lewis Capaldi
3 Mabel
Stormzy
2 Burna Boy
Harry Styles
Michael Kiwanuka
Fred Again
Artists who won multiple awards
Awards Artist
2 Lewis Capaldi

References[edit]

  1. ^ Tilley, Joanna (19 February 2020). "Brit Awards pulls in 3.8m". Broadcast. Retrieved 19 February 2020.
  2. ^ a b Paine, Andre (16 December 2019). "BRITs Are Coming special returns to ITV". Music Week. Retrieved 16 December 2019.
  3. ^ "Jack's back!". BRIT Awards. Retrieved 16 December 2019.
  4. ^ "Brit awards 2020: Lewis Capaldi tops winners alongside rap triumphs". The Guardian. 18 February 2020. Retrieved 19 February 2020.
  5. ^ a b c "We're back!". BRIT Awards. Retrieved 16 December 2019.
  6. ^ McGhie, Tom (5 November 2019). "Brit Awards announces major changes for 2020 ceremony". The Independent. Retrieved 16 December 2019.
  7. ^ a b Grein, Paul (5 November 2019). "U.K.'s BRIT Awards Cut Categories, Eliminate Fan Voting, Give Artists More Control of Performances". Billboard. Retrieved 16 December 2019.
  8. ^ Petridis, Alexis (11 January 2020). "This year's male-dominated Brit awards have an issue with women". The Guardian (in British English). ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 11 January 2020.
  9. ^ Savage, Mark (14 January 2020). "Why weren't more women nominated for a Brit award?" (in British English). BBC. Retrieved 14 January 2020.
  10. ^ Duke, Simon (11 January 2020). "Brit Awards at centre of 'sexist' storm as nominations are revealed". Evening Chronicle. Retrieved 11 January 2020.
  11. ^ "Brit Awards nominations 2020: where are all the brilliant women?". The Daily Telegraph (in British English). 11 January 2020. ISSN 0307-1235. Retrieved 14 January 2020.
  12. ^ Horton, Tom; Green, Alex (11 January 2020). "Lewis Capaldi and Dave lead nominations in male-dominated Brit Awards shortlist". Irish Independent. Retrieved 11 January 2020.
  13. ^ "The lyrics of Dave's Brits performance in full". The Independent. 19 February 2020. Retrieved 20 February 2020.
  14. ^ "Nominees for the BRIT Awards 2020". BRIT Awards. 11 January 2020. Archived from the original on 11 January 2020. Retrieved 11 January 2020.
  15. ^ Beaumont-Thomas, Ben (11 January 2020). "Brit award nominations 2020: Dave and Lewis Capaldi top pile, with women shut out". The Guardian (in British English). ISSN 0029-7712. Retrieved 11 January 2020. Producer of the year will be announced ahead of the awards ceremony; the rising star award for hotly tipped new talent has already been awarded, to soul singer Celeste.

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