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The BRIT Awards
2017 Brit Awards
2008 Brit Awards Earls Court Centre.jpg
The entrance to Earls Court in London on the evening of the 2008 BRIT Awards ceremony.
Awarded for Excellence in music
Country United Kingdom
Presented by British Phonographic Industry (BPI)
First awarded 1977
Official website www.brits.co.uk
Television/Radio coverage
Network

The Brit Awards (sometimes stylised as the BRIT Awards; often simply called the Brits) are the British Phonographic Industry's annual pop music awards. The name was originally a shortened form of "British", "Britain" or "Britannia" (in the early days the awards were sponsored by Britannia Music Club), but subsequently became a backronym for British Record Industry Trusts Show.[1] In addition, an equivalent awards ceremony for classical music, called the Classic Brit Awards, is held each May. Robbie Williams holds the record for the most Brit Awards, 13 as a solo artist and another five as part of Take That.

The awards began as an annual event in 1982 under the auspices of the British record industry's trade association, the BPI. In 1989 they were renamed the Brit Awards.[2] MasterCard has been the long-term sponsor of the event.[3] The highest profile music awards ceremony in the UK, the Brit Awards have featured some of the most notable events in British popular culture, such as the final public appearance of Freddie Mercury, the Jarvis Cocker protest against Michael Jackson, and the Union Jack dress worn by Geri Halliwell of the Spice Girls.

The Brit Awards were broadcast live until 1989, when Samantha Fox and Mick Fleetwood hosted a widely criticised show in which little went as rehearsed.[4] In subsequent years, the event was recorded and broadcast the following night. From 2007, the Brit Awards reverted to a live broadcast on British television, on 14 February on ITV.[4] In that year, comedian Russell Brand was presenter and three awards were dropped from the ceremony: Best British Rock Act, Best British Urban Act and Best Pop Act.[4] On 18 February 2009, the venue for the BRITs was once again the Earls Court, London. The Brit Awards were held at The O2 in London for the first time in 2011.[5]

The Brit Award statuette given to the winners features Britannia, the female personification of Britain. The statuette is regularly redesigned by some of the best known British designers, stylists and artists, including Vivienne Westwood, Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin, Sir Peter Blake and the late Zaha Hadid.[6][7]

Ceremonies[edit]

The first awards ceremony was in 1977, as "The BRITish Record Industry BRITannia Awards", to mark the Queen's Silver Jubilee and was televised by Thames Television. There have been 36 editions to date.[8] The 2016 BRIT Awards was held on 24 February 2016.

The 1988 BPI Awards was the first of the ceremonies to be broadcast on live television. The BBC had previously broadcast the ceremony from 1985, with the shows from 1982 to 1984 not broadcast on television. The BBC continued to broadcast the renamed BRIT Awards, live in 1989 and pre-recorded from 1990 to 1992. ITV have broadcast the awards since 1993, pre-recorded until 2006 and live from 2007 onwards.[4] BBC Radio 1 has provided backstage radio coverage since 2008.

Table summary[edit]

No. Ceremony Date Broadcaster(s) Multiple wins British Album of the Year winner British Single of the Year winner(s) Lifetime Achievement/Outstanding Contribution/BRITs Icon winner(s) Host(s) Venue
1[9] 1977 BPI Awards 18 October 1977 Thames Television[10]
(ITV)
The Beatles
(3 awards)
The BeatlesSgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band Queen – "Bohemian Rhapsody" & Procol Harum – "A Whiter Shade of Pale" L.G. Wood & The Beatles Michael Aspel Wembley Conference Centre, London
2 1982 BPI Awards 4 February 1982 N/A No clear winner Kings of the Wild FrontierAdam & the Ants "Tainted Love" – Soft Cell John Lennon David Jacobs Grosvenor House Hotel, London
3 1983 BPI Awards 8 February 1983 Paul McCartney
(2 awards)
N/A "Come on Eileen" – Dexys Midnight Runners Pete Townshend & The Beatles Tim Rice
4 1984 BPI Awards 21 February 1984 Culture Club & Michael Jackson
(2 awards)
Culture Club – "Karma Chameleon" George Martin
5 1985 BPI Awards 11 February 1985 BBC Prince
(2 awards)
Diamond LifeSade Frankie Goes to Hollywood – "Relax" The Police Noel Edmonds
6 1986 BPI Awards 10 February 1986 Eurythmics
(2 awards)
No Jacket RequiredPhil Collins Tears for Fears – "Everybody Wants to Rule the World" Elton John & Wham!
7 1987 BPI Awards 9 February 1987 Peter Gabriel (2 awards) Brothers in ArmsDire Straits Pet Shop Boys – "West End Girls" Eric Clapton Jonathan King
8 1988 BPI Awards 8 February 1988 No clear winner ...Nothing Like the SunSting Rick Astley – "Never Gonna Give You Up" The Who Noel Edmonds Royal Albert Hall, London
9 1989 BRIT Awards 13 February 1989 Fairground Attraction, Michael Jackson, Phil Collins & Tracy Chapman
(2 awards)
The First of a Million KissesFairground Attraction Fairground Attraction – "Perfect" Cliff Richard Samantha Fox & Mick Fleetwood
10 1990 BRIT Awards 18 February 1990 Fine Young Cannibals, Neneh Cherry, Phil Collins & Queen
(2 awards)
The Raw and the CookedFine Young Cannibals Phil Collins – "Another Day in Paradise" Queen Cathy McGowan Dominion Theatre, London
11 1991 BRIT Awards 10 February 1991 No clear winner Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1George Michael Depeche Mode – "Enjoy the Silence" Status Quo Simon Bates
12 1992 BRIT Awards 12 February 1992 Seal
(3 awards)
SealSeal Queen – "These Are the Days of Our Lives" Freddie Mercury Odeon Hammersmith, London
13 1993 BRIT Awards 16 February 1993 ITV Annie Lennox & Simply Red (2 awards) DivaAnnie Lennox Take That – "Could It Be Magic" Rod Stewart Richard O'Brien Alexandra Palace, London
14 1994 BRIT Awards 14 February 1994 Björk, Stereo MC's and Take That
(2 awards)
ConnectedStereo MC's Take That – "Pray" Van Morrison Elton John & RuPaul
15 1995 BRIT Awards 20 February 1995 Blur
(4 awards)
ParklifeBlur Blur – "Parklife" Elton John Chris Evans
16 1996 BRIT Awards 19 February 1996 Oasis
(3 awards)
(What's the Story) Morning Glory?Oasis Take That – "Back for Good" David Bowie Earls Court, London
17 1997 BRIT Awards 24 February 1997 Manic Street Preachers & Spice Girls
(2 awards)
Everything Must GoManic Street Preachers Spice Girls – "Wannabe" Bee Gees Ben Elton
18 1998 BRIT Awards 9 February 1998 The Verve
(3 awards)
Urban HymnsThe Verve All Saints – "Never Ever" Fleetwood Mac London Arena, London
19 1999 BRIT Awards 16 February 1999 Robbie Williams
(3 awards)
This Is My Truth Tell Me YoursManic Street Preachers Robbie Williams – "Angels" Eurythmics Johnny Vaughan
20 2000 BRIT Awards 3 March 2000 Macy Gray, Robbie Williams and Travis
(2 awards)
The Man WhoTravis Robbie Williams – "She's the One" Spice Girls Davina McCall Earls Court Two, London
21 2001 BRIT Awards 26 February 2001 Robbie Williams
(3 awards)
ParachutesColdplay Robbie Williams – "Rock DJ" U2 Ant & Dec
22 2002 BRIT Awards 20 February 2002 Dido & Kylie Minogue
(2 awards)
No AngelDido S Club 7 – "Don't Stop Movin'" Sting Frank Skinner & Zoë Ball
23 2003 BRIT Awards 20 February 2003 Coldplay, Eminem & Ms. Dynamite
(2 awards)
A Rush of Blood to the HeadColdplay Liberty X – "Just a Little" Tom Jones Davina McCall
24 2004 BRIT Awards 17 February 2004 The Darkness (3 awards) Permission to LandThe Darkness Dido – "White Flag" Duran Duran Cat Deeley
25 2005 BRIT Awards 9 February 2005 Scissor Sisters (3 awards) Hopes and FearsKeane Will Young – "Your Game" Bob Geldof Chris Evans
26 2006 BRIT Awards 14 February 2006 Kaiser Chiefs (3 awards) X&YColdplay Coldplay – "Speed of Sound" Paul Weller Earls Court, London
27 2007 BRIT Awards 15 February 2007 Arctic Monkeys & The Killers
(2 awards)
Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm NotArctic Monkeys Take That – "Patience" Oasis Russell Brand
28 2008 BRIT Awards 9 February 2008 Arctic Monkeys, Foo Fighters & Take That
(2 awards)
Favourite Worst NightmareArctic Monkeys Take That – "Shine" Paul McCartney The Osbournes
29 2009 BRIT Awards 18 February 2009 Duffy
(3 awards)
RockferryDuffy Girls Aloud – "The Promise" Pet Shop Boys James Corden, Mathew Horne & Kylie Minogue
30 2010 BRIT Awards 16 February 2010 Lady Gaga
(3 awards)
LungsFlorence and the Machine JLS – "Beat Again" Robbie Williams Peter Kay
31 2011 BRIT Awards 15 February 2011 Arcade Fire & Tinie Tempah (2 awards) Sigh No MoreMumford & Sons Tinie Tempah – "Pass Out" N/A James Corden The O2, London
32 2012 BRIT Awards 21 February 2012 Adele & Ed Sheeran
(2 awards)
21Adele One Direction – "What Makes You Beautiful" Blur
33 2013 BRIT Awards 20 February 2013 Ben Howard & Emeli Sandé (2 awards) Our Version of EventsEmeli Sandé Adele – "Skyfall" N/A
34 2014 BRIT Awards 19 February 2014 Arctic Monkeys & One Direction (2 awards) AMArctic Monkeys Rudimental ft. Ella Eyre – "Waiting All Night" Elton John[11]
35 2015 BRIT Awards 25 February 2015 Ed Sheeran & Sam Smith
(2 awards)
XEd Sheeran Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars – "Uptown Funk" N/A Ant & Dec
36 2016 BRIT Awards 24 February 2016 Adele
(4 awards)
25Adele Adele – "Hello" David Bowie
37 2017 BRIT Awards 22 February 2017 Robbie Williams[12] Michael Bublé

Notable moments[edit]

Electricians' strike (1987)[edit]

In 1987 the BPI Awards ceremony was held in the Great Room at the Grosvenor House Hotel. At the time there was a BBC electricians' strike in effect, and the organisers decided to use a non-TV events production company, called Upfront, to manage the show. Despite the show being picketed, the event was transmitted as intended. For a while the outdoor broadcast scanner was rocked on its wheels by the protesters and they managed to shut off the power to one of the big GE video screen projectors. Upfront was then asked to organise the following year and persuaded the BPI to move the event to a larger venue, starting the trend that continues to this day, albeit at Earls Court, and with a different production company (MJK Productions).

Samantha Fox and Mick Fleetwood (1989)[edit]

In 1989, the ceremony was broadcast live and presented by Fleetwood Mac's Mick Fleetwood and singer Samantha Fox. The inexperience of the hosts, an ineffective autocue and little preparation combined to create an unprofessional show that was poorly received. The hosts continually got their lines mixed up, a pre-recorded message from Michael Jackson was never transmitted and several star guests arrived late on-stage or at the wrong time, such as Boy George in place of The Four Tops.

Freddie Mercury's final public appearance (1990)[edit]

The 1990 awards ceremony saw the last public appearance of Queen frontman Freddie Mercury.[13] Queen appeared at the ceremony to receive the Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution to British Music.[13][14] Mercury (who had been suffering from AIDS since 1987 but had not disclosed it to the public) did not make a speech, as Brian May did the talking on behalf of the other members, but his gaunt appearance was noticeable.[15]

The KLF (1992)[edit]

In 1992, dance/art band The KLF were awarded Best British Group (shared with Simply Red) and were booked to open the show. In an attempt to hijack the event, the duo collaborated with grindcore metal band Extreme Noise Terror to perform a death metal version of the dance song "3 a.m. Eternal" that prompted conductor Sir Georg Solti to walk out in disgust.[16] The performance ended with Bill Drummond firing blanks from a vintage machine gun over the audience and KLF publicist/announcer Scott Piering stating, "Ladies and gentlemen, The KLF have now left the music business", the performance indeed marking the end of the duo's musical career, releasing only several one-off performances and one live performance afterwards. Producers of the show then refused to let a motorcycle courier collect the award on behalf of the band. Later, guests arriving for an after-show party witnessed the band dump a dead sheep outside the venue with the message "I died for you – bon appetit" tied around its waist, whilst their Brit Award was reportedly found buried in a field near Stonehenge in 1993.

Michael Jackson and Jarvis Cocker (1996)[edit]

In 1996, Michael Jackson was given a special Artist of a Generation award. At the ceremony he accompanied his single "Earth Song" with a stage show, culminating with Jackson as a 'Christ-like figure' surrounded by children. Jarvis Cocker, of the band Pulp, mounted the stage in what he would later claim as protest at this portion of the performance.[17] Cocker ran across the stage, lifting his shirt and pointing his (clothed) backside in Jackson's direction.[17] Cocker was subsequently questioned by the police on suspicion of causing injury towards three of the children in Jackson's performance, who were now on stage.[17]

Oasis and Blur rivalry (1996)[edit]

1996 saw the height of a well-documented feud between Oasis and fellow Britpop band Blur. The differing styles of the bands, coupled with their prominence within the Britpop movement, led the British media to seize upon the rivalry between the bands.[17] Both factions played along, with the Gallaghers taunting Blur at the 1996 BRIT Awards by singing a rendition of "Parklife" when they collected their "Best British Band" award (with Liam changing the lyrics to "Shite-life" and Noel changing them to "Marmite").[17]

Chumbawamba and John Prescott (1998)[edit]

In 1998, Danbert Nobacon of politically active band Chumbawamba threw a bucket of iced water over then-Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott. Despite apologies on behalf of the band from EMI Europe, Chumbawamba were unrepentant, claiming "If John Prescott has the nerve to turn up at events like the Brit Awards in a vain attempt to make Labour seem cool and trendy, then he deserves all we can throw at him."

Belle and Sebastian (1999)[edit]

In 1999, indie band Belle & Sebastian were nominated for Best British Newcomers, despite having released three albums before the 1999 Awards. The award was sponsored by Radio One and voted for online by their listeners. At the time, Steps were arguably Britain's biggest boy/girl pop group and were also nominated. Despite this, the award was won by Belle & Sebastian. On the Saturday after the awards, a story appeared in the press alleging that the group had rigged the vote in their favour, encouraging students from two universities to vote online. However, fans argued that the band had a predominantly large student following, that band member Isobel Campbell had attended one of the universities in question, and in particular, the award ought to be given on artistic merit as opposed to popularity or CD sales.

Ronnie Wood and Brandon Block confrontation (2000)[edit]

Dance DJ Brandon Block was told by his friends that he had won an award and had been summoned to the stage to collect it. Because of his advanced state of intoxication he believed them and walked on to the stage, eventually ending up next to a bemused Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood and actress Thora Birch, who were about to present the award for Best Soundtrack Album. After Block was removed from the stage by security, Wood aimed an insult in his direction. A series of insults were then traded between the two, both of which were audible through the stage microphone, causing claims that the whole event may have been staged. Wood then threw his drink into Block's face, and the DJ was ejected from the event. Some time after the incident, Block claimed that he had subsequently apologised to Wood for his behaviour, and Wood had merely brushed it off.

Geri Halliwell vs. the Spice Girls (2000)[edit]

The Spice Girls were set to receive the Outstanding Contribution award at the 2000 Brit awards, reportedly to mark their dominance of the music scene in the past decade. There was much media speculation before and even during the event as to whether or not former Ginger Spice, Geri Halliwell would accept the award with the four remaining members of the group.[18] On the night, however, Halliwell declined to join her former band mates and instead ensured front page coverage the following day by performing her solo number 1 single "Bag It Up" straddling a pole between a pair of giant inflatable legs.

Russell Brand (2007)[edit]

Some controversy was caused by the host of the 2007 Awards ceremony, comedian Russell Brand, who made several quips relating to news stories of the time including singer Robbie Williams' entering rehab for addiction to prescription drugs, the Queen's 'naughty bits' and a fatal friendly fire incident involving a British soldier killed by American armed forces in Iraq. ITV received over 300 complaint calls from viewers.[19] He would again instigate controversy the following year at the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards.

Vic Reeves and Sharon Osbourne (2008)[edit]

After Vic Reeves appeared to forget which award he was presenting, Sharon Osbourne attempted to wrestle the microphone from him, insisted he was drunk and called him a "pissed bastard". She proceeded to make the full announcement herself. The next day it was reported that Reeves was not intoxicated and was hurt by Osbourne's behaviour.[20] The incident has since been ascribed to an autocue malfunction, but Reeves said in his defence that he was trying to read the autocue screen, but he couldn't read it because Osbourne was pushing him out of the way.

Adele speech cut short (2012)[edit]

Adele won the award for 'British Album of the Year', widely regarded as the most important award. Less than half a minute into her acceptance speech, host James Corden was forced to cut Adele off[21] in order to introduce Blur who were due to perform an eleven-minute set as they had won the 'Outstanding Contribution to Music' award and the ceremony was over-running.[22] Adele was visibly annoyed and proceeded to raise her middle finger[23] and the producers of the show came under fire on Twitter for the decision.[24] Following the incident Adele said "I got cut off during my speech for Best Album and I flung the middle finger. But that finger was to the suits at the BRIT Awards, not to my fans".[25] Adele received an apology from the show's organisers, who stated; "We send our deepest apologies to Adele that her big moment was cut short. We don't want this to undermine her incredible achievement in winning our night's biggest award. It tops off what's been an incredible year for her."[26] Due to the tight schedule, only three of the five songs Blur played were broadcast on ITV.

David Bowie enters Scottish independence debate (2014)[edit]

At 67 years old, the influential musician David Bowie became the oldest recipient to date of the Best British Male solo artist award.[27] Bowie used his acceptance speech, delivered in his absence by Kate Moss, to urge Scotland to remain part of the UK in the September 2014 Scottish independence referendum. His speech read: "I'm completely delighted to have a Brit for being the best male – but I am, aren't I Kate? Yes. I think it's a great way to end the day. Thank you very, very much and Scotland stay with us."[28] Bowie's unusual intervention in British politics garnered a significant reaction throughout the UK on social media.[27][29]

Notable performances[edit]

Spice Girls' performance of "Wannabe" and "Who Do You Think You Are" (1997)[edit]

Ginger Spice, Geri Halliwell, wore a Union Jack dress.[30][31] Spicemania was at its height in the UK and the Spice Girls had just cracked the US as well, reaching number 1 with their debut single and album. Halliwell was originally going to wear an all-black dress, but she thought it was too boring so her sister sewed on a Union Jack tea-towel, with a 'peace' sign on the back. The now iconic red, white and blue mini-dress was worn during the Spice Girls' performance of their number one song "Who Do You Think You Are".[32] In 1998 she sold her dress in a charity auction to Hard Rock Cafe in Las Vegas for a record £41,320, giving Halliwell the Guinness World Record for the most expensive piece of pop star clothing ever sold.[33]

Geri Halliwell's performance of "Bag It Up" (2000)[edit]

Three years following the iconic Spice Girls performance, Halliwell, now a solo artist, performed her new single "Bag It Up" at the 2000 Brit Awards. The performance featured Halliwell emerging, whilst dancing on with a pole, from a pair of large inflatable female legs. As the performance continued, her male backing dancers stripped to their pinks briefs whilst dancing with the Union Jack flag. It is widely believed that Halliwell lip-synced her performance. In addition to all this, the performance is famous for being performed on the same night that the Spice Girls received the award for Outstanding Contribution for Music, which Halliwell declined to accept with her former bandmates.

Justin Timberlake and Kylie Minogue (2003)[edit]

At the 2003 BRIT Awards, Timberlake performed a three-part medley which comprised two of his hit singles, "Cry Me a River" and "Like I Love You", and a cover of Blondie's "Rapture". In addition to Timberlake beat-boxing during the interlude between "Cry Me a River" and "Like I Love You", the performance is most famous for a photo published by the Tabloids the following day which showed Timberlake pinching Minogue's bum. Minogue's appearance was a surprise guest for Timberlake's performance and this performance is regarded one of the best at the BRITs.

Girls Aloud's performance of "The Promise" (2009)[edit]

British reality group, Girls Aloud, marked their first ever performance at the 2009 ceremony, by performing their single "The Promise". The performance saw the members, including Cheryl Cole, Nadine Coyle, Nicola Roberts, Sarah Harding and Kimberley Walsh appear as though they were naked, with their modesty being covered by pink feathers. This performance was nominated in the 2010 ceremony for the "BRITs Hits 30 – Best Live Performance at the BRIT Awards", alongside Oasis and The Who, which the Spice Girls eventually went on to win.[34]

Cheryl Cole's performance of "Fight for This Love" (2010)[edit]

Cheryl Cole performed her debut single "Fight for This Love" at the 2010 BRIT Awards. The performance featured two costumes (one in a white trench coat and another in black hooded leotard), and sampled the song "Be" by Rowetta Satchell. The performance was mainly noted for being the first time Cheryl had performed without her wedding ring. At the time of the performance, her marriage with footballer Ashley Cole was rumoured to be over following a second round of allegations of infidelity on behalf of Ashley.[35] Whilst at the time she passed this off as a fashion statement rather than a reflection of her personal life, it was later revealed in Cheryl's autobiography that she had broken off the marriage with Ashley by the performance at the BRITs. Despite allegations of lip-syncing,[36] which was later clarified to be an ITV technical problem in the broadcast of the performance, Cheryl received strong applause from the audience. Following the performance, host Peter Kay commented "Fight for This Love, never a truer word spoken", believed to be in reference to the breakdown of their marriage.

Adele's performance of "Someone like You" (2011)[edit]

Adele performed her song "Someone like You" at the 2011 Brits with only a piano accompanying her. Her emotional performance was received with a standing ovation at the O2 Arena and the video received 450 million views on YouTube. The performance launched "Someone Like You" 46 spots up the UK charts to number one, and in the process, made Adele the first artist in the UK since The Beatles to have two top five singles and two top five albums at the same time. The performance had all lights down and focused on Adele and her piano.

Kanye West's performance of "All Day" (2015)[edit]

On the date of the 2015 Brit Awards, Kanye West was announced as a surprise performer following reports of Rihanna performing at the ceremony proven to be false.[37] He performed his new single "All Day" during the live broadcast for the very first time: large sections of the performance were muted by ITV due to explicit language, causing outrage from viewers at home who felt they couldn't enjoy the performance.[38]

Madonna's performance of "Living for Love" (2015)[edit]

Madonna's live return to BRIT Awards after 20 years was widely promoted in the media in the days leading up to the ceremony and during the show itself.[39] During the performance of "Living for Love", she walked onstage wearing an oversized cape. When standing on stairs situated on the stage, the cape's cord failed to separate, so when Madonna's backing dancer pulled the cape behind her, she fell down the stairs and noticeably hit the stage hard.[40] She paused momentarily as her backing music continued, before she managed to separate herself from the cape and then continued performing.[41] In an interview on The Jonathan Ross Show, Madonna blamed her fall on a wardrobe malfunction as her cape had been tied too tightly so it could not be unfastened in time, before adding: "I had a little bit of whiplash, I smacked the back of my head. And I had a man standing over me with a flashlight until about 3am to make sure I was compos mentis. I know how to fall, I have fallen off my horse many times."[40]

Categories[edit]

  • British Female Solo Artist
  • British Male Solo Artist
  • British Breakthrough Act
  • British Group
  • Critics' Choice
  • British Producer of the Year
  • British Single of the Year
  • British Album of the Year
  • Global Success
  • International Male Solo Artist
  • International Female Solo Artist
  • International Group

Voting procedure[edit]

According to the Brit Awards website, the list of eligible artists, albums, and singles is compiled by the Official Charts Company and submitted to the voting academy, which consists of over 1,000 members of the music industry, including the previous year's nominees and winners. The voters use a secure online website to vote, and the voting is scrutinized by Electoral Reform Services.[42]

Performances[edit]

Take That have performed the most number of ceremonies, performing seven times. Band member Robbie Williams has performed at six ceremonies, tied for the second most number of appearances alongside Coldplay. Rihanna and Adele have performed at four ceremonies each, and all of four performances took place on the same evening (2008, 2011, 2012 and 2016).

Year Performers (chronologically)
1990 Lisa Stansfield, Neneh Cherry, Nigel Kennedy, Phil Collins and Soul II Soul
1991 EMF, The Beautiful South and Status Quo
1992 The KLF, Extreme Noise Terror, Lisa Stansfield, Beverley Craven and P.M. Dawn
1993 Suede, Peter Gabriel, Cirque du Soleil, Bill Wyman and Madness
1994 Björk, PJ Harvey, Bon Jovi, Brian May, Dina Carroll, Elton John, Meatloaf, Pet Shop Boys, Stereo MCs, Take That, Van Morrison and Shane McGowan
1995 Blur, East 17, Eddi Reader, Elton John, Eternal, Sting, M People, Madonna and Take That
1996 Alanis Morissette, David Bowie, Pet Shop Boys, Michael Jackson, Pulp, Simply Red and Take That
1997 Bee Gees, Diana Ross, Jamiroquai, The Fugees, Manic Street Preachers, Mark Morrison, Prince, Sheryl Crow, Skunk Anansie and Spice Girls
1998 All Saints, Chumbawamba, Finlay Quaye, Fleetwood Mac, Robbie Williams, Tom Jones, Shola Ama, Spice Girls, Texas, The Method Man and The Verve
1999 B*Witched, Billie Piper, Cleopatra, Steps, Tina Cousins, Supatroopers, Boyzone, Barry McGuigan, Chris Eubank, Nigel Benn, The Corrs, David Bowie, Placebo, Eurythmics, Stevie Wonder, Manic Street Preachers, Robbie Williams and Whitney Houston
2000 Basement Jaxx, 5ive, Queen, Geri Halliwell, Macy Gray, Ricky Martin, Spice Girls, Stereophonics, Tom Jones, Travis and Will Smith
2001 Coldplay, Craig David, Destiny's Child, Eminem, Hear'Say, Robbie Williams, Sonique, Westlife and U2
2002 Anastacia, Jamiroquai, Dido, Gorillaz, Kylie Minogue, Mis-Teeq, Shaggy, Ali G, So Solid Crew, Sting and The Strokes
2003 Avril Lavigne, Blue, Coldplay, David Gray, George Michael, Ms Dynamite, Justin Timberlake, Kylie Minogue, Liberty X, Pink, Sugababes and Tom Jones
2004 50 Cent, Beyoncé, Muse, Black Eyed Peas, Busted, Alicia Keys, Gwen Stefani, Missy Elliott, Jamie Cullum, Katie Melua and Duran Duran
2005 Daniel Bedingfield, Natasha Bedingfield, Franz Ferdinand, Green Day, Gwen Stefani, Jamelia, Lemar, Keane, Snoop Dogg, Pharrell Williams, Scissor Sisters, Bob Geldof, Robbie Williams and The Streets
2006 Coldplay, KT Tunstall, Kaiser Chiefs, James Blunt, Kanye West, Kelly Clarkson, Gorillaz, Jack Johnson, Paul Weller and Prince
2007 Scissor Sisters, Snow Patrol, Amy Winehouse, The Killers, Take That, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Corinne Bailey Rae and Oasis
2008 Mika, Beth Ditto, Rihanna, Klaxons, Kylie Minogue, Kaiser Chiefs, Leona Lewis, Mark Ronson, Adele, Daniel Merriweather, Amy Winehouse and Paul McCartney
2009 U2, Girls Aloud, Coldplay, Duffy, Take That, Kings of Leon, The Ting Tings, Estelle, Pet Shop Boys, Lady Gaga and Brandon Flowers
2010 Lily Allen, JLS, Kasabian, Lady Gaga, Florence + the Machine, Dizzee Rascal, Jay-Z, Alicia Keys, Cheryl Cole and Robbie Williams
2011 Take That, Adele, Rihanna, Mumford & Sons, Plan B, Arcade Fire, Tinie Tempah, Eric Turner, Labrinth, Justin Bieber, David Jensen, Terry Wogan, Cee Lo Green and Paloma Faith
2012 Coldplay, Florence and the Machine, Olly Murs, Rizzle Kicks, Ed Sheeran, Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, Chris Martin, Adele, Bruno Mars, Rihanna and Blur
2013 Muse, Robbie Williams, Justin Timberlake, Taylor Swift, One Direction, Ben Howard, Mumford & Sons and Emeli Sandé
2014 Arctic Monkeys, Katy Perry, Bruno Mars, Beyoncé, Disclosure, Lorde, Aluna Francis, Ellie Goulding, Bastille, Rudimental, Ella Eyre, Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers
2015 Taylor Swift, Sam Smith, Royal Blood, Ed Sheeran, Kanye West, Skepta, Fekky, Krept and Konan, Stormzy, Novelist, Allan Kingdom, Theophilus London, Vic Mensa, Take That, George Ezra, Paloma Faith and Madonna
2016 Coldplay, Justin Bieber, James Bay, Jess Glynne, Rihanna, SZA, Drake, Little Mix, The Spiders from Mars, Lorde, The Weeknd and Adele

Most successful acts[edit]

There have been numerous acts, both groups and individuals, that have won multiple awards. The table below shows those that have won four or more awards.[43][44][45]

British acts Number of awards
Robbie Williams (5 with Take That and 1 Icon) 18
Coldplay 9
Adele 8
Take That
Annie Lennox
Arctic Monkeys 7
Oasis 6
One Direction
Spice Girls 5
Blur
Phil Collins
George Michael (3 with Wham!)
Freddie Mercury (3 with Queen; 2 posthumous)
Elton John (1 Icon)[46]
The Beatles 4
David Bowie (1 Icon)
Dido
Manic Street Preachers
Paul Weller
Ed Sheeran
International acts Number of awards
U2 7
Michael Jackson 6
Björk 5
Prince
Eminem 4
Foo Fighters
R.E.M. 3
Beck
Scissor Sisters
Lady Gaga
Kylie Minogue
Justin Timberlake
Kanye West
Bruno Mars
Rihanna 2
Madonna
Lana Del Rey

Viewing figures[edit]

Year Air date Official ratings[47]
(in millions)
Weekly rank[47]
1999 17 February 9.86 12
2000 4 March 9.61 12
2001 27 February 8.62 18
2002 21 February 7.83 15
2003 20 February 7.64 15
2004 17 February 6.18 18
2005 10 February 6.32 17
2006 16 February 4.70 22
2007 14 February 5.43 19
2008 20 February 6.35 17
2009 18 February 5.49 17
2010 16 February 6.52 14
2011 15 February 4.79 18
2012 21 February 5.59 17
2013 20 February 5.91 14
2014 19 February 3.84 18
2015 25 February 4.72 13

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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