On the 20th February, The BRIT Awards 2019 will be hitting O2 Arena in London. Hosted by Jack Whitehall this year sees performances from the likes of Little Mix, George Ezra and The 1975 just to name a few. Leading the pack of nominees is Dua Lipa and Anne-Marie with four nominations each showing the power of females within music over the last 12 months. To get you all even more excited for the biggest event of the British music calendar we thought we’d test your knowledge with ten facts about the BRIT Awards which you probably didn’t know.
The most iconic outfit worn at the awards?
You can probably guess this one but Geri Halliwell’s Union Jack dress from 1997. Sold for the eye watering amount of £36,200 it was purchased by the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas with profits going to a children’s cancer charity.
The First British Album Of The Year winner went to Sgt.Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band by The Beatles back in 1977.
The awards were a one-off event celebrating the Queen’s Silver Jubilee and the 100th anniversary of recorded sound. At the show, they only celebrated music released during the queen’s reign which saw the 1967 album win the award.
Robbie Williams currently holds the most Brit Awards in music history.
He has eighteen, this include an Outstanding contribution to music, three for British single of the year and also in 2005 the British Song Of Twenty Five Years (best song of the last 25 years) for Angels. This also includes five he has won with his Take That bandmates.
The most outfit changes by anyone during the awards?
Kylie Minogue back in 2009. When hosting the James Corden and Matthew Horne she made six changes during the night, it also saw the three team up for an iconic performance of Can’t Get You Out Of My Head.
Coldplay are the most successful band at the BRITs
They have nine awards to their name. These are made up of a combination of British Group, British Album Of The Year and British Single Of The Year.
2019 is the year girl power shone through.
This year’s most nominated artists are Anne-Marie and Dua Lipa, who’ve both got four nominations this year. Girl power within music is going to take over this year’s awards, we can just tell!
The 1990 awards were part of Queen history
1990’s awards were the last public appearance of Queen legend Freddie Mercury who was accepting the award for Outstanding Contribution to British Music.
There was once a Best Soundtrack/Original Cast Recording award.
Up until 2001 when American Beauty was the last soundtrack to win the award, this was an actual award. We’d love to see this make a comeback as there’s definitely some big contenders in our mind who would be perfect nominees for it.
If you ever feel sad about not winning a BRIT Award, you’re not the only one.
Just remember that Jamiroquai and Radiohead have had 15 and 17 nominations each without winning a single award.
The host with the most?
Who has the most BRIT presenting slots under their belt? James Corden who’s presented five shows. This year’s awards host is Jack Whitehall after his successful hosting at 2018’s awards.