Friday, February 24, 2012

The 1997 Brit Awards

I don't intend to put a lot of non-chart-related events into Charting 1997, but it seemed apt to mention the big UK industry event of the year, like it or no. And it's a way to get an extra post out of a few embeds and some stuff off Wikipedia.

The big stars of the night were the Manic Street Preachers, with two wins including Best Group and another two nominations (plus one for producer Mike Hedges). Nicky Wire did not carry out his former promise to urinate on either of them, at least not in public. Picking up the Outstanding Contribution prize were the Bees Gees, who closed the show with the obligatory medley:

And other performances I could find online included another medley from The Fugees:

Spice Girls (in perv-o-vision):

Skunk Anansie 'Teenage Kicks':

The Artist Formerly And Subsequently Known As Prince 'Emancipation':

Manic Street Preachers 'A Design For Life':

The Winners were:

Best British Album: Manic Street Preachers Everything Must Go
Best British Single: Spice Girls 'Wannabe'
Best Video: Spice Girls 'Say You'll Be There'
Best British Male: George Michael
Best British Female: Gabrielle
Best British Group: Manic Street Preachers
Best British Newcomer: Kula Shaker
Best British Dance Act: The Chemical Brothers
Best British Producer: John Leckie

Best International Male: Beck!
Best International Female: Sheryl Crow
Best International Group: the Fugees
Best International Newcomer: Robert Miles
Best Soundtrack: Trainspotting

Full story and pictures at The Official Brits website.

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