Brit Awards

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Geri Halliwell perfoming at the Brit Awards, 1997

The Brit Awards are the annual United Kingdom pop music awards founded by the British Phonographic Industry. The awards began in 1977 as the BPI Awards and were renamed The Britannia Awards, or Brit Awards, in 1989.

Brit is a backronym for British Record Industry Trust which supports youngsters in the arts and education mainly at the BRIT School in Croydon, London.

Strong music industry sponsorship and involvement mean that awards are given without much democratic process and, many suspect, for strongly commercial reasons. These are awards given by the music industry to the music industry. Robbie Williams pointed this out accepting an award a few years back, and winners over previous years have included artists who haven't charted for some time (the nominations for Best Female Vocalist in 2003 included Alison Moyet, for example, who has not had a chart or album hit for many years). However, more recently the awards have more reflected the tastes of the record buying public with an artist needing to prove popular and chart-topping before they are rewarded.

The Brit Awards used to be broadcast live until 1989 when Samantha Fox and Mick Fleetwood hosted a shambolic show in which just about everything went wrong - lines were fluffed, bands mis-cued, and airtime filled with embarrassing silence. After this the show was recorded and broadcast the following night, part of a revamp by Jonathan King for 1990 whose actions also included releasing a megamix of British dance acts including S'Express and A Guy Called Gerald called Brits 1990. King subsequently went on to revamp A Song for Europe.

Pre-recording proved to be a good idea when, during a Michael Jackson performance in 1996, Jarvis Cocker from the band Pulp invaded the stage in a comedic protest at Jackson's messianic performance. There have been many such notable instances, including several UK politicians presenting awards and being heckled (and, in the case of John Prescott, having water thrown over him, at the 1998 awards, by Chumbawamba vocalist Danbert Nobacon [1] (http://www.spunk.org/library/music/chumba/sp001737/)) and a remarkable performance by The KLF in 1992.

In addition, an equivalent awards ceremony for classical music is held each May, called the Classical Brit Awards.

In 2004 the controversial move was made to axe the Dance Music category from the 2005 awards.

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Awards

2005

A Special BRITs 25 Award for the best single from the past 25 years was award to Robbie Williams' "Angels".

Unfortunatly, the producers saw fit to add a fake Film Effect (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Field-removed_video) the TV coverage of the 2005 awards show, which many thought ruined the immediacy of the awards show, and was dizzying when combines with fact camera movements.

2004

British album – The Darkness - Permission to Land
British breakthrough act – Busted
British dance act – Basement Jaxx
British female solo artist – Dido
British group – The Darkness
British male solo artist – Daniel Bedingfield
British rock act - The Darkness
British single – Dido - "White Flag"
British urban act – Lemar
International album – Justin Timberlake - Justified
International breakthrough act – 50 Cent
International female solo artist - Beyonce
International group – White Stripes
International male solo artist - Justin Timberlake
Outstanding contribution – Duran Duran
Pop act - Busted

2003

British album – ColdplayA Rush of Blood to the Head
British breakthrough act – Will Young
British dance act – Sugababes
British female solo artist – Ms Dynamite
British group – Coldplay
British male solo artist – Robbie Williams
British single – Liberty X – "Just a Little"
British urban act – Ms Dynamite
International album – EminemThe Eminem Show
International breakthrough act – Norah Jones
International female – Pink
International group – Red Hot Chilli Peppers
International male – Eminem
Outstanding contribution – Tom Jones
Pop act – Blue

2002

British album – Dido – No Angel
British breakthrough act – Blue
British dance act – Basement Jaxx
British female solo artist – Dido
British group – Travis
British male solo artist – Robbie Williams
British single –S Club 7 – "Don’t Stop Movin"
British video – So Solid Crew – "21 Seconds"
International album – Kylie MinogueFever
International breakthrough act – The Strokes
International female - Kylie Minogue
International group – Destiny's Child
International male – Shaggy
Outstanding contribution – Sting
Pop act – Westlife

2001

Best soundtrack - American Beauty
British album - Coldplay - Parachutes
British breakthrough act - a1
British dance act - Fatboy Slim
British female solo artist - Sonique
British group - Coldplay
British male solo artist - Robbie Williams
British single - Robbie Williams - "Rock DJ"
British video - Robbie Williams - Rock DJ
International breakthrough act - Kelis
International female - Madonna
International group - U2
International male - Eminem
Outstanding contribution - U2
Pop act - Westlife

2000

Best selling live act – Steps
Best soundtrack – Notting Hill
British album – Travis – The Man Who
British breakthrough act – S Club 7
British dance act – The Chemical Brothers
British female solo artist – Beth Orton
British group – Travis
British male solo artist – Tom Jones
British single – Robbie Williams – "She’s the One"
British video – Robbie Williams – "She’s the One"
International breakthrough act – Macy Gray
International female - Macy Gray
International group – TLC
International male – Beck
Outstanding contribution – Spice Girls
Pop act – Five

1999

Best soundtrack - Titanic
British album – Manic Street PreachersThis Is My Truth Tell Me Yours
British breakthrough act – Belle & Sebastian
British dance act – Fatboy Slim
British female solo artist – Des’ree
British group - Manic Street Preachers
British male solo artist - Robbie Williams
British single – Robbie Williams – "Angels"
British video – Robbie Williams – "Millennium"
International breakthrough act – Natalie Imbruglia
International female - Natalie Imbruglia
International group – The Corrs
International male – Beck
Outstanding contribution – Eurythmics

1998

Best British producerThe Verve, Chris Potter and Youth
Best selling British album act – Spice Girls
Best soundtrack – The Full Monty
British album – The Verve – Urban Hymns
British breakthrough act – Stereophonics
British dance act – The Prodigy
British female solo artist – Shola Ama
British Group – The Verve
British male solo artist – Finley Quaye
British single – All SaintsNever Ever
British Video - All Saints – Never Ever
Freddie Mercury award – Sir Elton John
International breakthrough act – Eels
International female – Björk
International group – U2
International male – Jon Bon Jovi
Outstanding contribution – Fleetwood Mac

1997

Best British producer – John Leckie
Best soundtrack – Trainspotting
British album - Manic Street Preachers – Everything Must Go
British breakthrough act – Kula Shaker
British dance act – The Prodigy
British female solo artist – Gabrielle
British Group - Manic Street Preachers
British male solo artist – George Michael
British single – Spice Girls – "Wannabe"
British Video - Spice Girls – "Say You’ll Be There"
International breakthrough act – Robert Miles
International female – Sheryl Crow
International group – The Fugees
International male – Beck
Outstanding contribution – Bee Gees

1996

Artist of a generationMichael Jackson
Best British producer – Brian Eno
Best soundtrack – Batman Forever
British album – Oasis (band) - (What's the Story) Morning Glory
British breakthrough act – Supergrass
British dance act – Massive Attack
British female solo artist – Annie Lennox
British group - Oasis (band)
British male solo artist – Paul Weller
British single – Take That – "Back for Good"
British video - Oasis (band) – "Wonderwall"
Freddie Mercury award - The Help Album for the Charity Warchild
International breakthrough act – Alanis Morissette
International female – Björk
International group – Bon Jovi
International male – Artist
Outstanding contribution – David Bowie

1995

Best British producer – Nellee Hooper
Best soundtrack – Pulp Fiction
British album – Blur - Parklife
British breakthrough act – Oasis (band)
British dance act – M People
British female solo artist – Eddie Reader
British Group – Blur
British male solo artist – Paul Weller
British single – Blur - "Parklife"
British Video - Blur - "Parklife"
International breakthrough act – Lisa Loeb
International female – k.d. lang
International group – R.E.M.
International male – Artist
Outstanding contribution – Elton John

1994

Best soundtrack – The Bodyguard
Best British producer – Brian Eno
Best selling album & Single – Meat Loaf
British album – Stereo MC's - Connected
British breakthrough act – Gabrielle
British dance act – M People
British female solo artist – Dina Carroll
British group – Stereo MC's
British male solo artist – Sting
British single – Take That - "Pray"
British video - Take That - "Pray"
International breakthrough act – Björk
International female – Björk
International group – Crowded House
International male – Lenny Kravitz
Outstanding contribution – Van Morrison

1993

Best British producer – Peter Gabriel
Best International Solo Artist – Prince
Best soundtrack – Wayne's World
British album – Annie Lennox - Diva
British breakthrough act – Tasmin Archer
British female solo artist – Annie Lennox
British group – Simply Red
British male solo artist – Mick Hucknall
British single – Take That "Could it be Magic"
British video – Shakespear's Sister "Stay"
International breakthrough act – Nirvana
International group – R.E.M.
Outstanding contribution – Rod Stewart

1992

Best British producer – Trevor Horn
Best classical recording - Giuseppe Verdi - (Sir Georg Solti) -Otello
Best soundtrack – The Commitments
British album – Seal (musician) - Seal (1991)
British breakthrough act – Beverley Craven
British female solo artist – Lisa Stansfield
British group – The KLF and Simply Red (Joint Winners)
British male solo artist – Seal
British single – Queen "These Are The Days Of Our Lives"
British video – Seal "Killer"
International breakthrough act – PM Dawn
International group – R.E.M.
Outstanding contribution – Freddie Mercury

1991

Best British producer – Chris Thomas
Best classical recording – José Carreras, Plácido Domingo, Luciano Pavarotti In Concert
Best soundtrack – Twin Peaks
British album – George Michael Listen Without Prejudice
British breakthrough act – Betty Boo
British female solo artist – Lisa Stansfield
British group – The Cure
British male solo artist – Elton John
British single – Depeche Mode
British video – The Beautiful South "A Little Time"
International breakthrough act – MC Hammer
International female - Sinéad O'Connor
International group – INXS
International male – Michael Hutchence
Outstanding contribution – Status Quo

1990

Best British producer – Dave Stewart
Best classical recording – Simon Rattle - George Gershwin’s - "Porgy And Bess
Best international artist – Neneh Cherry
Best music video - The Cure "Lullaby"
Best soundtrack – Batman (1989 movie)
British album – Fine Young Cannibals - The Raw And The Cooked
British breakthrough act – Lisa Stansfield
British female solo artist – Annie Lennox
British group – Fine Young Cannibals
British male solo artist – Phil Collins
British single – Phil Collins - "Another Day In Paradise"
International breakthrough act – Neneh Cherry
International group – U2
Outstanding contribution – Queen (band)|Queen

1989

Best classical recording – George Frideric Handel’s - The Messiah
Best Music Video - Michael Jackson - "Smooth Criminal"
Best soundtrack – Buster
British album – Fairground Attraction - First Of A Million Kisses
British breakthrough act – Bros
British female solo artist – Annie Lennox
British group – Erasure
British male solo artist – Phil Collins
British single – Fairground Attraction - "Perfect"
International breakthrough act – Tracey Chapman
International female - Tracey Chapman
International group – U2
International male – Michael Jackson
Outstanding contribution – Cliff Richard

1988

Best British producer – Stock Aitken Waterman
Best classical recording – Ralph Vaughan Williams - Symphony No. 5
Best international solo artist - Michael Jackson
Best Music Video – New Order - "True Faith"
Best soundtrack – The Phantom of the Opera
British album – Sting - Nothing Like The Sun
British breakthrough act – Wet Wet Wet
British female solo artist – Alison Moyet
British group – Pet Shop Boys
British male solo artist – George Michael
British single – Rick Astley - "Never Gonna Give You Up"
Best Music Video – New Order - "True Faith"
International breakthrough act – Terence Trent D'Arby
International group – U2
Outstanding contribution – The Who

1987

Best British producer – Dave Stewart
Best classical recording – Julian Lloyd Webber/Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Elgar Cello Concerto
Best international solo artist – Paul Simon
Best soundtrack – Top Gun
British album – Dire Straits Brothers in Arms
British breakthrough act – The Housemartins
British female solo artist – Kate Bush
British group – Five Star
British male solo artist – Peter Gabriel
British single – Pet Shop Boys - "West End Girls"
British Video - Peter Gabriel - "Sledgehammer"
International group – The Bangles
Outstanding contribution – Eric Clapton

1986

Best British producer – Dave Stewart
Best international solo artist – Bruce Springsteen
British female solo artist – Annie Lennox
British group – Dire Straits
British male solo artist – Phil Collins
British Video – Paul Young - "Every Time You Go Away"
International group – Huey Lewis and The News
Outstanding contribution – Wham and Elton John (Joint Winners)

1985

Best British comedy recording - Neil - "Hole In My Shoe"
Best British producer – Trevor Horn
Best classical recording – Antonio Vivaldi’s - The Four Seasons
Best international artist – Prince & The Revolutions
Best soundtrack – Purple Rain
British album – Sade - Diamond Life
British female solo artist – Alison Moyet
British group – Wham
British male solo artist – Paul Young
British single – Frankie Goes To Hollywood - "Relax"
British Video – Duran Duran - "Wild Boys"
Outstanding contribution – The Police
Special Award - Bob Geldof and Midge Ure

1984

Best British producer – Steve Levine
Best classical recording – Kiri Te Kanawa - Songs of the Auvergne
Best international artist – Michael Jackson
British breakthrough act – Paul Young
British female solo artist – Annie Lennox
British group – Culture Club
British male solo artist – David Bowie
Best Selling Single- Culture Club - "Karma Chameleon"
Outstanding contribution – George Martin
The Sony award for technical excellence – Spandau Ballet

1983

Best British producer – Trevor Horn
Best classical recording – John Williams - Portrait
Best international artist – Kid Creole and the Coconuts
Best Live Act - U2
Best selling album – Barbara Streisand - Love Songs
British breakthrough act – Yazoo
British female solo artist – Kim Wilde
British group – Dire Straits
British male solo artist – Paul McCartney
British single – Dexy's Midnight Runners - "Come On Eileen"
Life achievement award – Pete Townshend
Outstanding contribution – The Beatles
Special Award - Chris Wright
The Sony award for technical excellence – Paul McCartney

1982

Best British producer – Martin Rushent
Best classical recording – Gustav Mahler's - Symphony No. 10
Best selling album – Adam and the Ants - Kings Of The Wild Frontier
British breakthrough act - Human League
British female solo artist – Randy Crawford
British group – The Police
British male solo artist – Cliff Richard
Outstanding contribution – John Lennon

1977

Best British non-musical record - Richard Burton and cast "Under Milkwood"
Best British producer – George Martin
Best classical soloist album – Jacqueline du Pre - Elgar, Cello Concerto
Best international album - Simon & Garfunkel - Bridge Over Troubled Water
Best orchestral album – Benjamin Britten - War Requiem
British album – The Beatles – Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
British breakthrough act – Julie Covington
British female solo artist – Shirley Bassey
British group – The Beatles
British male solo artist – Cliff Richard
British single – Queen - "Bohemian Rhapsody" & Procol Harum - "A Whiter Shade Of Pale"
L.G. Wood and The Beatles (Joint Winners)

See also

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