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Kings Of Leon, who collected two Brit Awards on Wednesday, had a fight back stage with each other. Stars from the band, Caleb Followill and his cousin Mathew Followill had to be pulled apart after punches were thrown.
Lady Gaga begged St Tropez spray tanners, back stage at the Brits, to give her a job. She said “I’d love to do your job, you get to see all the celebrities in their pants”.
It could well go down as one of the “I wish I’d been there” shows of 2009. War Child presents: The Killers and Coldplay. Two big rock bands rushing straight over from the Brits, to take it in turns on one stage. Neither of them disappointed. The Killers opened the show to rapturous cheers and applause, with frontman Brandon Flowers shouting: “We’re honoured to be here.” The stage was decorated with palm trees, with lights encircling their trunks. There were trellises covered in even more lights and a huge K in the middle, which flashed depending on the song. Mr Brightside and Human got fans going the most. They ended with When You Were Young. The classical track Blue Danube played while the lights went down, and then Coldplay came on to huge screams and cheering. At one point, Chris Martin shouted: “(There are) people that we respect and adore in here. People like Louis Walsh. “He’s our favourite X Factor judge. So let’s make this our X Factor audition. And we’ll give it 115%.” And that’s where he got the whole crowd to do the first verse of Yellow. The gig is likely to live long in the memories of those lucky enough to have been there. Not only were there star-studded performances from the bands, but also great guests to collaborate on each song. That’s what the War Child Heroes album is all about. Bands having a mash up of others work.
POSTED: 20/02/09 – Source: BBC Newsbeat
The Brits 2009 In Review
This year’s Brits, the 29th bash, started with an energetic performance from U2. They performed their new single ‘Get On You Boots’. Kylie was the first host to take to the stage singing ‘Can’t Get You Out Of My Head’ and then her co-hosts James Corden and Matt Horne arrived dressed as her backing dancers. As originally rumoured, the theme this year is festivals and British summer time.
Simon Pegg was the first guest to give out an award which was for Best British Female, the winner was Duffy. Straight away into the next award and Lionel Richie was presenting it to the Best International Female, the winner was Katy Perry. The second performance of the night was courtesy of Girls Aloud who sang ‘The Promise’.
Blur’s Alex James presented the award for Best Breakthrough act and the winner was Duffy, collecting her second award of the night. She apologised for being greedy and winning another award. She thanked the masses of radio air-play time she has had for her success. Coldplay were next to perform and sang their epic track ‘Viva La Vida’.
Natalie Imbruglia presented the award for Best International Group and the winners were Kings Of Leon. Jamie Oliver and Jamie Cullum presented the award for Best British Male Solo Artist which was won by Paul Weller. He wasn’t at the bash but sent a video message. Duffy was next to perform and sang ‘Warwick Avenue’.
Boxer, Joe Calzaghe presented the next award and James challenged him to a fight and then ran away. He was presenting the award for Best International Album. Kings Of Leon won with their album called ‘Only By The Night’. It was their second award of the evening. Next up Take That performed. They sang ‘Greatest Day’ while flying over the audience in what looked like a UFO.
Nick Frost took to the stage next to present the award for Best Live British Act which was won by Iron Maiden. They were not present but sent a video message. David Hassellhoff was next to present an award. He gave out the award for Best British Group which was won by Elbow. Kings Of Leon took to the stage next and performed ‘Use Somebody’.
Next we were introduced to some new music talent. It was this year’s Critics Choice winner Florence And The Machine. She thanked everyone and then said she is off to get drunk. Gok Wan was next on stage to present the award for Best International Male which was won by Kanye West who sent his acceptance via a recorded message.
The next performance was a great collaboration as Estelle joined The Ting Tings on stage. The track performed was ‘American Boy’ and a mixture of The Tings Tings hits.
The next award was for Best British Single presented by Alan Carr and won by Girls Aloud with their single ‘The Promise’. It was their first Brit award in six years in the business. Tom Jones was next on stage to present the award for Best British Album which was won by Duffy for her album ‘Rockferry’, her third award of the night. She was choking back tears on her acceptance speech for this award.
As ever, the winners of the Outstanding Contribution To Music Award closed the show. This year that was The Pet Shop Boys who had the award presented to them by Brandon Flowers. They have been releasing music since 1985 and, in that time, have had four number ones and twenty-two top ten singles. They have also released nine albums in the past twenty-five years. They sang a medley of their hits to a rapturous crowd. Lady Gaga and Brandon Flowers also joined them on stage for part of their set.
The biggest shock of the night was Coldplay leaving empty handed. Like Duffy, they were nominated for four awards. She left with three awards while Coldplay left with nothing. There is likely to be some fallout about this.
The stage is set for this year’s Brit Awards. The theme this year is festivals and so the stage has been set up accordingly with all the things that you would associate with the festival experience. The hosts Kylie Minogue and, Gavin and Stacey stars, James Corden and Mathew Horne are ready to bring us a great show on the biggest show in the British music calendar. We can expect great performances from the likes of Kings Of Leon, Duffy and Girls Aloud but the most highly anticipated performance is from The Pet Shop Boys who promise a raunchy show as they are joined on stage by Lady Gaga.
The Pet Shop Boys were in a late panic this week preparing for their performance at the Brit Awards. They are searching for 50 oriental male dancers to join them on stage. It was confirmed that Lady Gaga will perform with them also.
The Brit Awards nominations were revealed today and Duffy and Coldplay were nominated for four awards each. Up for three awards is Elbow, Scouting For Girls and last years Critic’s Choice Adele. The Ting Tings, Radiohead, Girls Aloud and Estelle are up for two awards each. Fans will be able to vote for their favourite British single, live act and breakthrough act from the shortlists. The best British single will be decided on the night of the main ceremony by a live telephone vote. The Brits Academy, made up of 1,000 invited music industry insiders and critics, will decide on the remaining eight awards.
Kylie Minogue will present the Brit Awards alongside Gavin and Stacey stars James Corden and Mathew Horne. Kings of Leon, Duffy, Girls Aloud and the Pet Shop Boys are among the stars who will appear on the night. U2 will also be performing at the awards, which will be held at London’s Earls Court on 18th February. Brits committee chairman Ged Doherty said the show was going to be a “must-see event”. Nominations for the awards will be announced on Tuesday. Mr Doherty added: “We are heading towards a truly special Brits this year”.
POSTED: 19/01/09 – Source: BBC News Online
It has been revealed that opening this year’s Brit Awards bash will be Bono with his group U2. They will be performing their new single ‘Get On Your Boots’. A Brits spokesman has said that “U2’s addition to the line-up makes it possibly the best we’ve ever had”.
Organisers of the Brit awards have revealed plans to hold the event in different parts of the UK each year. The bash, which has been going since 1977, has previously always been held in London. If plans go head the first show away from London will be in 2011.
Pioneering dance duo the Pet Shop Boys will be presented with an outstanding contribution to music award at next year’s Brits, it has been announced. Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe, known for such hits as West End Girls and It’s a Sin, will collect their honour at Earls Court in London on 18 February. Ged Doherty, the chairman of the Brits committee, called them “one of the most influential groups of the modern era.” Previous recipients include U2, David Bowie, the Eurythmics and Sting. Last year’s award went to former Beatle Sir Paul McCartney. With 54-year-old Tennant on lead vocals and Lowe, 49, on keyboards, the Pet Shop Boys have had four number one singles and 22 Top 10 hits. Their first number one, West End Girls, topped charts all over the world in 1986 and won them the Brit Award for best British single. Their second Brit came in 1998 when they picked up the Best British Group award. “Since their first Brit Award over 20 years ago, Neil and Chris have produced a fantastic body of work with songs that truly were the soundtrack to a whole generation’s lives,” said Doherty. The nominations for the 2009 awards will be announced on 20 January.
POSTED: 03/11/08 – Source: BBC News Online
It has been revealed that James Corden and Mathew Horne will present the 2009 Brit awards. The pair are famous for their parts in the popular sitcom Gavin & Stacey. They have also presented TV shows together in the past including Big Brother’s Big Mouth.
A row has broken out that a non singer could receive the Outstanding Contribution To Music Award at next year’s Brit Awards as it has been revealed that Simon Cowell could pick up the gong.
The organisers of The Brit Awards have revealed that next year’s awards bash will be held at London’s Earl’s Court on 18th February 2009.
Winners are highlighted in bold
Best British Male
Best British Female
Best British Group
Best British Live Act
Scouting For Girls
Best British Single
Adele – Chasing Pavements
Alexandra Burke – Hallelujah
Coldplay – Viva La Vida
Dizzee Rascal/Calvin Harris/Chrome – Dance Wiv Me
Duffy – Mercy
Estelle Ft Kanye West – American Boy
Girls Aloud – The Promise
Leona Lewis – Better in Time
Scouting for Girls – Heartbeat
X Factor Finalists – Hero
Best British Album
Coldplay – Viva La Vida or Death And All His Friends
Duffy – Rockferry
Elbow – The Seldom Seen Kid
Radiohead – In Rainbows
The Ting Tings – We Started Nothing
Best British Breakthrough Act
Last Shadow Puppets
Scouting For Girls
The Ting Tings
Best International Album
AC/DC – Black Ice
Fleet Foxes – Fleet Foxes
Killers – Day & Age
Kings of Leon – Only By The Night
MGMT – Oracular Spectacular
Best International Male
Best International Female
Best International Group
Kings of Leon
Florence and the Machine
Outstanding Contribution To Music
Pet Shop Boys