The Brit Awards 2017: The drama, the falls and everything in between
It’s that time again! The biggest and brightest stars are gearing up to hit the 02 Arena, London this Wednesday for the 2017 Brit Awards, and it’s going to be a belter!
ITV and YouTube will be bringing you all the action from the red carpet as hosts, Dermot O’Leary, Emma Willis and Caspar Lee introduce a phenomenal line up of performances from Katy Perry, Ed Sheeran, Bruno Mars, Robbie Williams, Little Mix and The 1975.
Little Mix are set to pick up a hatrick of gongs this year with nominations in Best Group, Best British Single and Best Video, but they face stiff competition from the likes of The 1975, Radio Head, Adele and Calvin Harris. British Male Solo artist is a tough category this year with our fave Craig David, up against Kano, Skepta, Michael Kiwanuka and the late, great David Bowie. We’re not giving up on you Craig!
With more than 10 awards up for grabs on the night, including British female solo artist, international group and British breakthrough act, the Brits are famous for random outbursts, stage invasions and a whole load of swearing. Basically, the bits we all talk about at work the next day. We’ve trawled through the archives to bring you the top moments in Brits history, so far.
Here’s our top 5 Brit Award Controversies
1 – Bird is the Word
Adele flips the bird having been rudely cut off by host James Corden during an impassioned speech for her British Album of the Year award in 2012. Bet she was fewming! Adele later received an apology from the organisers who were concerned about the show running over. Adele gave an acceptance speech via video link in 2013 but James Corden still had to get the last word!
2 – Spice Up Your Life
20 years ago (omg 20 years!) Geri ‘Ginger Spice’ Halliwell stepped out into the Brits stage in what is now one of the most defining photographic moments of 90’s pop culture. The Union Jack dress that bared her knickers and amazing figure has gone on to be a favourite for fancy dress parties and stag do’s ever since. How amazing does Geri look in the slightly more demure version now?
3 – Strike A Pose
Probably the most famous Brit drama in recent years was when the queen of vogue, Madonna suffered a wardrobe malfunction at the 2015 ceremony and ended up on her arse, having been pulled down some stairs by her cape. Dread to think what happened to the dancers after the set!
4 – Two Tribes go to War
The Gallagher brothers and Brit Awards controversy go together like fish n’ chips with more stand out moments than any other nominees. The drama started back in 1996 when accepting an award from the late Michael Hutchence of INXS, Noel said: “has beens shouldn’t present — awards to gonna-bes”. Liam then stepped it up a gear in 2012 by making a surprise appearance to accept a gong for Best British Album of the past 30 Years, with a foul-mouthed speech before throwing his microphone into the crowd. And do we need a reminder of the £100,000 straightener with Robbie Williams?
5 – Earth and Moon
Possibly the most famous shocking moment of The Brits to date was when Pulp front man, Jarvis Cocker invaded the stage to shake his arse at pop legend Michael Jackson. With special effects in full flow, dancers looked puzzled as the wiry lead singer bent over to moon at Jacko. Interviewed by police later, Jarvis said: “my actions were a form of protest at how Michael Jackson sees himself as some kind of Christ-like figure with the power of healing. I just ran on the stage”. Simple yet effective!
The Scouse Invasion of 2008
Sir Paul is Honoured
In 2008 there was a scouse invasion at The Brit Awards as Sir Paul McCartney picked up a Lifetime Achievement Award and ended the show with a medley of hits to an 8,000 strong standing ovation and rapturous applause the world over. The same year our wags made more headlines than the award winners with a whole host of beautiful women gracing the red carpet, from Abbey Clancey, Alex Curran and former Atomic Kitten star, Liz Mclarnon turning heads.
Amy, Amy, Valerie
Bit of a tenuous scouse link, but 2008 also saw sensational vocalist Amy Winehouse return to the British stage following a stint in rehab and fresh from picking up 5 grammy awards. She belted out the Zuton’s hit ‘Valerie’ and ‘Love is a Losing Game’.
Sweet and Sour Grapes
In 2008 the Sugababes – including scouser Heidi Range, made the headlines after threatening to boycott the Brits having not been honoured since picking up Best Dance Act in 2003, presented by a newly engaged Tess Daly!
Wirral Reins in 2015
2015 was a highlight for Wirral based band, Clean Bandit who received two Brit nominations after topping the charts with hit single ‘Rather Be’. Sadly the guys missed out to Royal Blood for the Best British Group award and Mark Ronson ft Bruno Mars took home Best British Single for Uptown Funk.
Jay’s Brits Bet
Back in 2011 our very own Jay Hynd came a cropper having bet Radio City’s Rossie, that Mumford & Sons would pick up the Brit Award for Best British Band. Unfortunately for him, Take That got the gong and Jay took on the forfeit which involved walking the length of Church Street (and into maccies) in the city centre, dressed as a giant whoopee cushion. Check out the video above for a good giggle!
You can find out more about this year’s nominees, where to watch all the action and how to cast your vote for British Breakthrough Act by heading to www.brits.co.uk.