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ITV1 has escaped criticism from media watchdog Ofcom over Sharon Osbourne’s outburst at the Brit Awards. More than 128 people complained about the live show, which saw Osbourne – who co-hosted the event with husband Ozzy – swear at guest presenter Vic Reeves.Ofcom said the comments were made “after the watershed and in a programme with a particular reputation”. Some viewers also complained about the “portrayal of the use of alcohol” at the ceremony, held on 20 February. In its ruling, Ofcom said the Brits was an established pop music awards ceremony with a “reputation for controversy”.
The incident between Osbourne and Reeves, whom she accused of being drunk, occurred at 2135 GMT. Ofcom said: “While we understand that this language may have been offensive to some viewers, it was broadcast after the watershed and in a programme with a particular reputation. “We believe that regular viewers would have been aware of the likelihood of this kind of material. “Further, Ofcom research indicates that the examples of language quoted are generally considered quite mild.” Ofcom also said the portrayal of the use of alcohol during the ceremony was “limited and incidental” to the coverage. In Ofcom’s view, the programme “did not condone or glamorise alcohol misuse”. “The effect of these images was more likely to be cautionary than attractive,” it said.
Before Amy Winehouse performed, she apparently left £3,000 worth of damage in her hotel room. She had been living there for two weeks and had refused to let the cleaners in. They sneaked into her room when she left the hotel to perform on the Brits and found the damage.
Leona Lewis’ bosses have been left furious that she did not win one award of the four awards she was nominated for. A source at Sony BMG said that “It has left a really nasty taste in our mouths”, “Her record sales dragged the industry off its arse last year.”
The Brits in review
Take That, the Arctic Monkeys and the Foo Fighters were the big winners at this year’s Brit Awards in London, scooping two prizes each. Take That won the trophies for best British live act and British single. The Arctic Monkeys took best British group and album – both for the second year in a row – while Foo Fighters won best international group and album.
The ceremony saw performances from Amy Winehouse and Sir Paul McCartney, who received a lifetime achievement honour. Kate Nash won best British female and Mark Ronson was named best British male. Producer Ronson, who performed with Winehouse and Adele at the Earl’s Court show, is the first non-singer to have scooped the solo artist prize. “I’ve never felt so British or male in my entire life,” he told the crowd. New York-based Ronson was born in London and spent his early childhood in England before moving to the US. As well as singing with Ronson on their hit Valerie, Winehouse sang one of her own numbers, Love Is A Losing Game. It was the first public performance from the troubled star, who recently won five Grammy Awards, since being admitted to rehab. During her solo performance, Winehouse mouthed “I love you” into the camera – presumably at husband Blake Fielder-Civil, who is currently on remand in London’s Pentonville Prison. Addressing the crowd at the end of her song, the star said: “Make some noise for my husband, my Blake.”
Another memorable moment came when host Sharon Osbourne – presenting with husband Ozzy and children, Jack and Kelly – swore at comedian Vic Reeves. When Reeves appeared to forget which award he was presenting, she accused him of being drunk, swore at him and told him to “shut up” before trying to announce the winner of best British album herself. Media watchdog Ofcom said on Thursday morning that it received 43 complaints about bad language used on the show.
The Arctic Monkeys, who did not turn up to the awards last year, attended Wednesday’s show dressed as country gents. The Sheffield band wore tweed waistcoats, breeches, flat caps, and blew a hunting horn on stage. As Take That accepted their award for best live act, band member Jason Orange said he had an arthritic knee and said: “We appear before you bruised and battered, but dead chuffed. “We are so honoured. We’ve worked so hard over the years.” Their second award, which was presented for the single Shine, was chosen by a live public vote that continued throughout the show. Kylie Minogue won best international female. The Australian star, who performed her single Wow, said she was “extremely grateful and thankful”.
Mika, who kicked off the show with his songs Love Today and Grace Kelly, was named best British breakthrough act.He also performed with Gossip singer Beth Ditto. Will Young presented the critics’ choice award to Adele, a graduate of the Brit School in Selhurst, south London. Accepting the prize, the Londoner said: “My heart’s beating so fast.” She also thanked her “beautiful” mother.
US star Kanye West, who was unable to attend the ceremony, was named winner of the best international male prize. “I’m sure there’s someone who deserves this more than me, but I just don’t know who they are,” he said in his acceptance video. Also accepting his band’s best international group and album awards by video, Dave Grohl joked that the Foo Fighters – formed in 1995 – had won the award for best newcomer.
Rihanna followed with a performance of her number one single Umbrella, accompanied by Klaxons. Former Beatle Sir Paul McCartney performed a medley of hits, including Live and Let Die, Hey Jude and Lady Madonna after he was honoured with an outstanding contribution award.
Doctor Who star David Tennant, actor Sir Ian McKellen, Bionic Woman actress Michelle Ryan were among the guest presenters.
POSTED: 21/02/08 – Source: BBC Online
The stages have been set. There are three of them at this years bash. The stage in the middle will be for The Osbournes. Ozzy and Sharon are presenting this years ceremony. The stage to the left will be the glam stage which will be sparkly and gold and will have performers including Mika, Leona and Kylie. The stage on the right is the punk stage covered in rips, pins and a union jack and will have performers including Kaiser Chiefs, Mark Ronson and Paul McCartney.
After weeks of speculation, it has finally been revealed who will present Sir Paul McCartney with his Outstanding Contribution To Music Award. The queen of pop Kylie Minogue will get the honour. McCartney will close the show with a medley of his hits.
Take That could get one award per member after topping the nominations for the 2008 Brit Awards. Gary Barlow, Howard Donald, Jason Orange and Mark Owen join pop stars Mika and Leona Lewis in leading the shortlist with four nominations each. Producer and performer Mark Ronson, singer Kate Nash and rock bands Arctic Monkeys and Kaiser Chiefs have three nominations each. This year’s ceremony will be held at Earls Court in London on 20 February. The nominations were announced at the Roundhouse in Camden, north London on Tuesday 14th January.
POSTED: 14/01/08 – Source: BBC Online
Ozzy Osbourne will have a dream come true in February as it has been revealed he will duet with Sir Paul McCartney at the Brit awards. It is thought they will perform ‘Live & Let Die’ together. Ozzy and his wife Sharon are also signed to present the awards bash.
Former Beatle, Sir Paul McCartney will be honoured with the award for The Outstanding Contribution To Music. Show organisers predict that stars will be queuing up to present the gong to the star. At the last Brits, Ringo Starr pulled out of presenting the accolade to Oasis. Perhaps he will appear this February to present the award to his former band mate.
Ozzy Osbourne and his wife Sharon have been confirmed as the hosts of the 2008 Brit Awards. Their children, Jack and Kelly are set to present the spin-off and backstage shows from the famous awards bash.
A new category has been introduced for the Brit Awards 2008. The Critics Choice Award is for signed artists that are most likely to be a big breakthrough act for the year ahead.
Take That’s, Gary Barlow has said that he is not sure what the 2008 Brit Awards are going to be like due to a huge lack in British talent this year. All of this year’s top songs have been from American artists such as Timbaland, Rihanna, Beyonce and Kanye West.
Kylie Minogue and Robbie Williams are being secretly line-up to star at the 2008 Brit awards. Kylie has already agreed to perform at the bash in February and Robbie is in talks to make a come-back. Kylie turned down £1 million to co-host the 2007 ceremony.
Winners are highlighted bold
British Male Solo Artist:
British Female Solo Artist:
Bat For Lashes
Arctic Monkeys – Favourite Worst Nightmare
Leona Lewis – Spirit
Mark Ronson – Version
Mika – Life In Cartoon Motion
Take That – Beautiful World
British Breakthrough Act:
Bat For Lashes
British Live Act:
Leona Lewis – Bleeding Love
Mika – Grace Kelly
Take That – Shine
Kaiser Chiefs – Ruby
Sugababes – About You Now
Mark Ronson Ft Amy Winehouse – Valerie
Kate Nash – Foundations
The Hoosiers – Worried About Ray
James Blunt – 1973
Mutya Buena – Real Girl
International Male Solo Artist:
International Female Solo Artist:
Kings of Leon
Arcade Fire – Neon Bible
Eagles – Long Road Out Of Eden
Foo Fighters – Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace
Kings of Leon – Because Of The Times
Kylie Minogue – X
Critics’ Choice Award:
Outstanding Contribution To Music:
Sir Paul McCartney