Monday 11 December 2017

BRIT Awards - the 9 best bits from 35 years

Amy Winehouse and Mark Ronson performing at the Brit Awards in 2008
Amy Winehouse and Mark Ronson performing at the Brit Awards in 2008
Adele gives the middle finger after her acceptance speech was cut short at the Brit Awards
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

The BRITs are back and we can only hope this year's ceremony will boast the occasional mishap and maybe even a memorable performance. Here's a reminder of 9 magic moments from BRITs past...

Adele gives the fingers

We love Adele and the endearing, cheeky irreverence that oozes from her pores whenever she attends a big do.  So when her acceptance speech for the British Album of the Year 2012 award was chopped short in order to let Blur play their closing set, she gave the organisers the fingers. 

They later apologised to the 23-year-old singer, who told reporters, "I got cut off during my speech and flung the middle finger. But that finger was to the suits at the Brit Awards, not to my fans."  Ironically, it was Blur's Damon Albarn who caused the ceremony to run over after his long and rambling acceptance speech earlier that evening.

There's no time for Rick Astley to accept his award - and he cries, allegedly

Way back in 1988 besuited ginger pop star Rick Astley suffered a similar fate to Adele. His award was the last award but there wasn't enough time to present it to him because The Who were due to go on stage to close the ceremony so it was accepted instead by the Chairman of the BPI.  What made it even more galling for Rick was the fact they spent two minutes on a montage of the finalists.

Sam Fox and Mick Eastwood battle a shambles

Long before Anne Hathaway and James Franco screwed up presenting the Oscars, and Laura Whitmore and Simon Delaney struggled at the IFTAs, Sam Fox and Mick Fleetwood were setting a precedent for Terrible Presenting Duos.

Back in 1989 they fronted what was one of the most shambolic awards ceremonies in the history of awards ceremonies.  And the car crash that unfolded was top-notch entertainment.

In 2010, Sam told the Guardian she wanted the ground to swallow her.  She said, "We were given the wrong cards to announce the acts, the Autocue was broken and the lady who was meant to be prompting, well I don't want to be ageist, but I'm not sure she could hear everything that was going on."

Michael Jackson gets mooned

Kanye's state storming antics at the Grammys seem rather tame when you think back to Jarvis Cocker leaping on stage during Michael Jackson's epic performance of Earth Song in 1996, considering he then proceeded to bare his arse to the newly-crowned Artist of a Generation.

The audience at home was aghast at the event unfolding before them, although Cocker was rapidly dragged off by security as the camera switched from stage to Brits audience.

DJ Brandon Block mistakenly thinks he's won

Four years later DJ Brandon Block stormed the stage (clearly Cocker's stage storming taught the organisers nothing) during Ronnie Wood's acceptance speech.

Unfortunately, Block's 'friends' had convinced him he had won an award so off he toddled to accept, much to Wood's chagrin.  The Rolling Stone chucked his drink over poor confused Block.

Robbie Williams challenges Liam Gallagher to a fist fight

By his own admission (he held up a hand-written sign saying 'Legless!' on stage) Robbie Williams was a little worse for wear when he took to the stage to collect his Best British Male award in 2000.  He then asked the audience, "So, anybody like to see me fight Liam? Would you pay to come and see it?

He continued, "Liam, a hundred grand of your money and a hundred grand of my money. We'll get in a ring and we'll have a fight and you can all watch it on TV".

Robbie was then escorted from the stage.  Nine years later, Peter Kay also had a go at Liam G at the BRITs, calling him a name we cannot print.

Amy Winehouse performs Valerie

Three years before she died Amy Winehouse was at the peak of her career and when she sang Valerie at the Brits in 2008 with Mark Ronson it was something truly special.

Adele performs Someone like You

Another performance that made the hairs collectively stand on the back of every neck at the event and at home came from Adele in 2011.  Her album, 21, had just been released and she gave an emotional rendition of Someone Like You at the awards, propelling the song to number 1 in the UK.  You may be slightly sick of hearing it three years later, but this particular performance is still pretty earth-shattering.

Harry takes a pee

One Direction won the Global Success Award at the BRITs last year, but Harry Styles almost missed the group's acceptance speech because he was having a wee.   "I'm really sorry, I was having a wee" he told the relieved audience.  This was the dramatic highlight of last year's awards, which makes one yearn for the days of Cocker's mooning, dodgy presenting duos, and pop stars sobbing backstage.

Catch The Brit Awards 2015 on ITV from 8pm

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