Brit Award for British Group

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Brit Award for British Group
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2022 winner Wolf Alice
Awarded forAchievement in Excellent British Group
CountryUnited Kingdom (UK)
Presented byBritish Phonographic Industry (BPI)
First awarded1977
Currently held byWolf Alice (2022)
Most awardsColdplay (4)
Most nominationsColdplay (9)

The Brit Award for British Group is an award given by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI), an organisation which represents record companies and artists in the United Kingdom.[1] The accolade is presented at the Brit Awards, an annual celebration of British and international music.[2] The winners and nominees are determined by the Brit Awards voting academy with over 1,000 members, which comprise record labels, publishers, managers, agents, media, and previous winners and nominees.[3]

The inaugural recipients of the award are The Beatles, who won in 1977. Coldplay hold the record for most wins in the category, with four, while Radiohead hold the record for most nominations without a win, with seven. In 2021, Little Mix became the first women to win the award, though virtual band Gorillaz, who won in 2018, do feature Noodle, a fictional female member. The current holder of the award is Wolf Alice, who won in 2022.


The award was first presented in 1977 and was first won by the Beatles. When the second Brit awards were held, the Police received the honour and the award had been given out to one group annually since 1982. The only exception to this was in 1992, when the KLF and Simply Red were revealed to have tied and, as such, both groups were announced as winners.[4] In 2021 Little Mix, made history when they became the first female group to win the award since it was first presented in 1977. The group took to call out the award ceremony and the music industry over White Male Dominance, the lack of nominations and wins for female groups in the category and paid homage to previous girl group nominees.[5]

Winners and nominees[edit]

Inaugural winner The Beatles
1988 recipients Pet Shop Boys
Four-time winner Coldplay
Three-time winner Arctic Monkeys
Two-time winner Dire Straits
Two-time winner Manic Street Preachers
Two-time winner Simply Red
Two-time winner Travis
Two-time recipients The 1975
2021 winner Little Mix are to date the only female group to win the award.
Year Recipient Nominee
1977 The Beatles
1982 The Police
1983 Dire Straits
1984 Culture Club
1985 Wham!
1986 Dire Straits
1987 Five Star
1988 Pet Shop Boys
1989 Erasure
1990 Fine Young Cannibals
1991 The Cure
1992 The KLF and Simply Red
1993 Simply Red
1994 Stereo MCs
1995 Blur
1996 Oasis
1997 Manic Street Preachers
1998 The Verve
1999 Manic Street Preachers
2000 Travis
2001 Coldplay
2002 Travis
2003 Coldplay
2004 The Darkness
2005 Franz Ferdinand
2006 Kaiser Chiefs
2007 Arctic Monkeys
2008 Arctic Monkeys
2009 Elbow
2010 Kasabian
2011 Take That
2012 Coldplay
2013 Mumford & Sons
2014 Arctic Monkeys
2015 Royal Blood
2016 Coldplay
2017 The 1975
2018 Gorillaz
2019 The 1975
2020 Foals
2021 Little Mix
2022 Wolf Alice
2023 TBA

Multiple nominations and awards[edit]



  1. ^ "About the BPI". British Phonographic Industry (BPI). Retrieved 20 July 2014.
  2. ^ "BRIT Awards". British Phonographic Industry (BPI). Retrieved 20 July 2014.
  3. ^ "And the nominees are..." British Phonographic Industry (BPI). Retrieved 20 July 2014.
  4. ^ Archived at Ghostarchive and the Wayback Machine: "Simply Red & KLF win British Group presented by Martika (Joint Winners) | BRIT Awards 1992". YouTube.
  5. ^ Chan, Anna (2021-05-11). "Little Mix Call Out 'White Male Dominance' in Brit Awards 2021 Speech". Billboard. Retrieved 2022-02-09.