Brit Award for British Single
|Brit Award for Song of the Year|
|Awarded for||Achievement in excellent song|
|Presented by||British Phonographic Industry (BPI)|
|Currently held by||Adele (3) – "Easy on Me" (2022)|
|Most awards||Take That (5)|
|Most nominations||Calvin Harris (8)|
The Brit Award for Song of the Year is an award given by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI), an organisation 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. The winners and nominees are determined by the Brit Awards voting academy with over one-thousand members, which comprise record labels, publishers, managers, agents, media, and previous winners and nominees. The award was first known as Brit Award for British Single, from the inaugural 1977 Brit Awards through to the 2019 Brit Awards, was first renamed as Song of the Year in 2020, returned to the name British Single in 2021, then returned to Song of the Year in 2022. As of May 2022[update], no announcements have been made as to whether there will be a fourth annual consecutive name change for the 2023 Brit Awards.
In 1984 and 1991, the category was non-competitive, with the award given directly to the highest-selling single of the year.
Take That holds the record for most wins in this category at five. They are followed by Adele and Robbie Williams with three victories each. Calvin Harris lead all performers with eight nominations. Take That have the most nominations as a group with seven. Jess Glynne, Adele and Dua Lipa have the most nods amongst female artists with five each.
Take That was the first artist to win British Single in two consecutive years: for the 1993 ("Could It Be Magic") and 1994 ("Pray"); and they achieved this feat twice, in 2007 ("Patience") and 2008 ("Shine"). That record was overtaken by Robbie Williams, a former Take That's member himself, when he had three wins in a row; for the years 1999 ("Angels"), 2000 ("She's the One"), and 2001 ("Rock DJ").
The first women act to win the award was Spice Girls in 1997, for "Wannabe". Dido became the first female solo performer to win in 2004, for "White Flag". Adele is the first female artist to win the award twice and thrice, winning for "Skyfall", "Hello" and "Easy on Me".
In the history of the award, only four artists have won British Single twice: Queen (1977, 1992), with another two artists winning it three times: Robbie Williams (1999, 2000, 2001), Adele (2013, 2016, 2022), and one artist wins it five times: Take That (1993, 1994, 1996, 2007, 2008).
|"A Whiter Shade of Pale"||Procol Harum|
|"I'm Not in Love"||10cc|
|"She Loves You"||The Beatles|
Artists with multiple wins
Artists with multiple nominations
- 8 nominations
- 7 nominations
- 6 nominations
- 5 nominations
- 4 nominations
- 3 nominations
- 2 nominations
- 220 Kid
- Adam and the Ants
- All Saints
- Lily Allen
- James Arthur
- Atomic Kitten
- Jonas Blue
- James Blunt
- Joel Corry
- Taio Cruz
- George Ezra
- Fatboy Slim
- Florence and the Machine
- Frankie Goes to Hollywood
- David Guetta
- Jessie J
- Elton John
- Jax Jones
- Tom Jones
- Zara Larsson
- Pixie Lott
- Demi Lovato
- John Newman
- One Direction
- Headie One
- Rita Ora
- Pet Shop Boys
- Rag'n'Bone Man
- Rizzle Kicks
- Mark Ronson
- Emeli Sande
- Tom Walker
- "Do They Know It's Christmas?" (1990, 2005) Double Nominated
- "Pray" (1994), "Parklife" (1995), "Never Ever" (1998), "She's the One" (2000), "Rock DJ" (2001) also won Brit Award for British Video of the Year
- "Angels" (2005) also won Brit Award for British Song of Twenty Five Year
- "Wannabe" (2010) also won Brit Award for Live Performance of Thirty Year
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