Brit Award for British Album of the Year
|Brit Award for British Album of the Year|
|Awarded for||Achievement in excellence British album|
|Country||United Kingdom (UK)|
|Presented by||British Phonographic Industry (BPI)|
|Currently held by||Adele – 30 (2022)|
|Most nominations||Coldplay (6)|
The Brit Award for British Album of the Year is given annually by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI), which represents record companies and artists in the United Kingdom. The accolade is presented at the Brit Awards, an annual celebration of British and international music. Winners and nominees are determined by the Brit Awards voting academy, which has over one thousand members: record labels, publishers, managers, agents, and media, as well as prior winners and nominees. The award was first presented in 1977 as British Album of the Year. In 1983 and 1984, the award was non-competitive and determined by highest album sales.
Coldplay (2001, 2003, 2006), Arctic Monkeys (2007, 2008, 2014), and Adele (2012, 2016, 2022) are the biggest winners in this category with three wins. They are followed by Manic Street Preachers (1997, 1999) with two victories. Coldplay has the most nominations, with six. Elton John and Ed Sheeran lead solo performers, each with four nods. Among female artists, Adele leads with three nominations, winning each time she was nominated. Florence and the Machine have been nominated four times, becoming the only musical act to have been considered for every studio album they have released.
In 1983, Barbra Streisand became the first woman to receive the award for Memories, which won as the year's best-selling album. Memories holds a unique distinction as the only compilation rather than a studio album to ever win the award. In 1993, Annie Lennox became the first female solo artist to win the competitive award for Diva. Adele is the first female artist and solo act to win the award multiple times, for 21, 25, and 30.
Only two non-UK artists have received the award: Barbra Streisand in 1983 for Memories and Michael Jackson in 1984 for Thriller, whose win marks the only occasion when no other album was nominated in the category. Both albums are notable as the only non-competitive winners in the award's history.
|Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band||The Beatles|
|The Dark Side of the Moon||Pink Floyd|
|Goodbye Yellow Brick Road||Elton John|
|Tubular Bells||Mike Oldfield|
Artists with multiple wins
|Manic Street Preachers|
Artists with multiple nominations
- 6 nominations
- 5 nominations
- 4 nominations
- 3 nominations
- 2 nominations
- The 1975
- Lily Allen
- David Bowie
- Kate Bush
- The Coral
- Craig David
- Dire Straits
- George Ezra
- J Hus
- Michael Kiwanuka
- Dua Lipa
- Manic Street Preachers
- Mumford & Sons
- Pet Shop Boys
- Pink Floyd
- Plan B
- Snow Patrol
- The Streets
- Take That
- Tears for Fears
- Robbie Williams
- Brothers in Arms (1986–1987), Born to Do It (2001–2002), Kid A (2001–2002) Double Nominated
- (What's the Story) Morning Glory? (2010) also won Brit Award for British Album of Thirty Year
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