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      23.02.2010 13:20
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      Only 3 stars for this year.

      I'm a huge fan of the Brits so like many of us, I tuned in the other night to watch this years awards. I can't say that I was too impressed though. Peter Key hosted this year but I wouldn't have missed him if he didn't. I would have been much happier if different people had just presented the awards all night or there were more musical performances. Kay was trying way too hard to be funny and I didn't end up laughing at any of his jokes because of this. He wasn't funny at all. His dig at Cheryl Cole after her performance was untactful and cheap and I don't think a lot of people would have seen the funny side of this, considering what is going on in the media at the moment. Overall, the musical performances were what made the night. I loved the duets between Dizzy Rascal and Florence, Jay Z and Alicia Keys as well as Cheryl Cole. Her performance was great and good on her for doing her best even though the she's having a hard time at the minute. Although I kind of understood where Lady Gaga was coming from, I was left quite unimpressed. Like Gerri Halliwell said, I would have preferred to have heard songs that I already knew and that would have made her performance a lot better in my eyes. Gaga did steal the show though, winning three awards which were well deserved. As for her acceptance speeches, I could barely hear a word that she said and it looked as though she was going to cry the whole way through. Keeping with the bad acceptances...Liam Gallagher. How ungrateful and rude he was. He didn't deserve to be on the stage. Although he is known as a bad boy, his behaviour was disgusting. He threw his microphone and award into the crowds which caused a lot of commotion but because of that, he didn't deserve to have it. Lilly Allen...another who didn't deserve to be there. While her performance was good and I hate to admit that I like some of her songs, no one should have let her be there after the way she slagged off the awards a while back. Her outfit was ugly and she said she didn't want to be noticed but who isn't going to get noticed wearing an orange wig and looking like an umpalumpa?! Poor Leona Lewis has never won an award and seemed to know that she wouldn't again this year. I know who I would have given it to. I was glad to see that Robbie Williams won the lifetime achievement award. It's lovely to see the country welcome him back so warmly after so much time away. His medley of songs seemed tired and boring, with him relying on audience participation as he always does to get through the set. He knows he hasn't got the best voice in the world and tries to cover this up a little. 2010 wasn't the best year for the Brits but at least the singers were great. Let's hope next year is better.

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        17.02.2010 23:08
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        DOES BRIT STAND FOR BE REALLY IRRITATING TOSSERS???

        What a complete load of old cods wallop graced our screens last night in the guise of the Brit awards. I remember when I was a child, I thought the Brits was the coolest show to grace our tv screens. As I have got older my love for the Brit awards has never died. Until last night when I was left thinking if this is the best of British then guys we are in deep trouble!! Firstly the host Peter Kay was just trying to hard to be funny. Most of the time his jokes fell on deaf ears and made for awkward viewing. I liked his no nonsense approach and one or two of his quips were amusing. However I think he failed to realise that this show was not about him. He found it very hard to share the limelight and pulled out underhanded jokes in an obvious attempt to gain himself some attention. One of these quips was to Cheryl cole who did an outstanding performance of fight for this love. Kay then joked never a truer word spoken. Making an obvious dig to claims of cheryls husbands Ashleys recent infidelity. I think was a cheap joke and one which I thought a comedian of kays high calibre would stay clear of. All of the live performances were great musical extravaganzas. But I couldnt help but notice that either the sound was delayed or all the artists were miming badly. Cheryl cole for me was exceptional and blew all the other acts out of the water. Her dancing was amazing and she reminded me of Michael Jackson in parts. The night was dominated by the wierd and wondefully crazy Lady Gaga. Who was dressed in what resembled my nanas nets. She is very strange and at times I struggled to concentrate on what she was saying when accepting her awards as I was so astounded by her appearance. All the stars who were presenting awards appeared to be lost. They didnt seem to appear relaxed on stage but more like rabbits caught in the headlights. The most pathetic appearance of the night was Jonathan Ross. He again is a man who craves attention. He appeared on stage trying to look like a hip and cool rap star. I am assuming this was suppose to be a joke, but he just ended up looking like a fool. Like an embarrasing relative at a wedding!! The most idiotic moment of the night must be awarded to the fella that every mother craves their child to look up to as a role model. Mr Liam Gallagher. This idiot swaggered onto the stage, shouted a load of inaudible rubbish littered with expletives. Threw his microphone into the audience and then swaggered off. I was just left looking at the tv thinking what a "silly man" (yeah right) This leads me on to the moment of the night award. This has to be given to the host Peter Kay. Yes I know he grated on my nerves but all was forgiven when he walked up to centre stage after Liam had just made such a show of himself. Kay looked straight into the camera and said "What a knob head" At this point I nearly choked on my hot chocolate.(oh yes I lead a rock and roll lifestyle too!!) I loved Kays brutal honesty and the fact that he had the nerve to say what every one else was thinking. Hairstyle of the night has got to be awarded to miss Lilly allen. Who was sporting a bright orange annie esque wig. She looked totally foolish. However I liked her quirky nature and both her live performance, which opened the show and her acceptance speech was one of the most honest and aspiring speeches of the night. Robbie williams was given a lifetime achievement award. I find this incredible considering he is only in his early 30s. But I do agree that he is a total pop star. Not like the bunch of wierdos who graced our screens last night. He was the ultimate professional, dressed in a cool black tie and suit he looked funky and modern but classy at the same time. His ability to captivate the audience is something which some of the acts could only dream of. Most pointless person of the night award must be given to Fern Cotton. Now I usually like Fern I find her quirky and cool but last night I felt she looked really nervous. She was asking the most mundane questions and seemed to be treading on egg shells in fear of the acts going off on one and swearing all over the show. I thought her interview technique was quite poor and lacked any substance at all. I did think she looked pretty though in her poka dot dress. I totally love her fashion sense. When thinking of last nights Brits I am quite sad and somewhat un nerved. Why? Because these 'pop stars' are suppose to be role models for our children. Yes pop stars have always had a reputation for being a bit wild and not afraid to court controversy. However there was always a role model such as the spice girls who stood for girl power. But last night I struggled to think of one inspiring role model out of these bunch of misfits. It seemed to me when watching the Brit awards last night, that drinking and swearing are such cool things to do. I was so not impressed with this years Brit awards. I am hoping with all my heart that it was because it was pretty rubbish when compared to other years and not because I am turning into my granny. My granny does not understand how people can listen to todays music. She wonders how on earth you can do the two step to smack my bitch up and would much prefer Daniel O donnell. Please god dont let me be too old to appreciate the Brit awards!! In all seriousness though, I dont think the show was up to much last night. It seemed hap hazard and poor quality. The shows performances were excellent though and of a really high standard with each act trying to outdo the other. But as for the awards and the speeches I just thought it was poor.

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          17.02.2010 14:29
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          Two Stars - Ga-Ga and Flo'

          So I settled down last night to watch the Brit Awards 2010, for one reason only, because Florence and the Machine was featuring and I wanted to see her perform live. I generally avoid award ceremonies on TV, not for any specific reason other than I find them slightly tedious, with the exception of The Pride of Britain Awards; also given that I rarely watch TV, I normally miss them anyway unless someone tells me about a particular show. I guess that's why I ended up tuning in to the Brits this year, as someone told me about Florence performing and as I am going to see her in concert soon I wanted to check her out. First, a little more preamble for informative purposes only; 2010 is the 30th anniversary of the Brits, often dubbed the most integral and influential night in the British Music Industry. There are many awards, coveted by the Brits who make our music industry along with a few international awards. Every year the show is broadcast live (with a short delay to allow for the bleeping out of swear words!) and there have been all kinds of ugly events including the Jarvis Cocker / Michael Jackson 'bottom' incident, the Sam Fox / Mick Fleetwood (the single most disastrous occasion), Russell Brand's inappropriate and shameful quips regarding soldiers in Iraq... last night's absolutely disgraceful show must surely top them all though? Robbie Williams has won the most Brit awards ever, a whopping 16 have been presented to him over the years. Followed not so closely by Annie Lennox with 8. The Beatles have won a mere 4 beaten by the Arctic Monkeys with 5. U2 have won the most international awards, followed closely by Michael Jackson and Prince. Interestingly Bjork beats Kylie, Eminem and Scissor Sisters in all time success rates. As well as Best Male and Female, Group and Single awards, there is also an Outstanding contribution to music award, which was won this year by, yes you've guessed it, Robbie Williams. In the 80s groups and artists used to win awards and they are still going now, the longevity of JLS is somewhat debatable to me, but I may just be about to fall in to that category of being a musical elitist, which I abhor, so let's move on! Last night's show was hosted by Peter Kay. Now I am a little biased, because I can't stand the man. His stand up is funny, because it's very Northern, I'm a Northerner, hence I relate to it, Pheonix Nights is quite funny too, daft and not really the type of program I favour but the snippets I've seen are funny. Not his number one fan, but I don't hate his 'work' either. However, when interviewed or when presenting, Peter Kay comes across as being incredibly rude, belligerent and like he really is only there for the money. For that reason he annoys me. Well, last night he lived up to all of my expectations. He read simply from the autocue, he made no attempt to look up from the camera, his jokes (if you can call them that) weren't funny, infact the joke he made about Cheryl Cole fighting for love with Ashley, wasn't even tongue in cheek; it just came across as cruel, pre-rehearsed and boring. He did little to make the show entertaining. I don't think I saw him smile once and a colleague of mine made a comment this morning - Kay seems to think he has reached the point where he can get paid shed-loads, simply for turning up. Well, news flash, you're crap! Fearne Cotton on the other hand looked very smart backstage and as usual presented and interviewed well, funny and seemingly unprompted by autocues, maybe she just has better television presenting skills than Peter Kay? Perhaps the Brits should have deployed her to present, and booted Mr. Kay off the payroll. He absolutely ruined the show for me before it even started. The show kicked off with a performance of The Fear by Lily Allen. Now, I was actually getting changed in to my PJs when this came on, so it could just be my complete lack of attention, however; the sound was so poor. Her voice seemed to be competing with the echo voice effects of the line before. She looked confused (read: inebriated) and was extravagantly bolshy. Her outift and make up were off the wall which of course being a little weird myself, I liked. However, her later acceptance speech for British Female Solo Artist was mostly bleeped out, so I can't begin to imagine the atrocities protruding from her trashy mouth, so much for the demure lady? Next, jokes flopped desperately with the audience, from Peter Kay (unsurprisingly) and Sam Fox as they presented the Spice Girls (well, the two who could be bothered to show up) with an award for Performance Of The Last 30 Years (the Union Jack Geri dress nabbed it for them). Again there were sound and link problems, the camera panned to the audience and half of them were leaving for a tab break or something... Mel B and Geri (who has adopted some kind of bizarre accent thing) accepted the award on behalf of the Spicies, forgetting to thank, well, their fellow bandmates! Next up, Andy Serkis (who I don't think anyone realised was Gollum in Lord of the rings, owing to another crap and unfunny intro from Mr. Kay), to present British Male Solo Artist to none other than... drum roll please... Dizzee Rascal (?!). Perhaps he deserved the award, what with his 3 number ones and numerous collaborations and a style different to anything else we have in UK, however, just his acceptance speech made me think surely we have better than this? I didn't understand a word he said, I'm 26 not 106 and I've seen Adulthood which I managed to largely interpret; yet still I didn't have a clue why we, his fans, 'dun no'? Hmm... As he was going up to collect his award, cue more unfunny, unwitty, cruel and unhelpful commentary from the voice over woman 'that's Dizzy Rascal going to get his award for xyz award, a much more deserving recipient than last years winner, Paul Weller, who didn't even bother to show up'. Paul Weller Vs. Dizzy Rascal? JLS performed Beat Again next, their No.1 single. I personally think they are a great band (despite me arguing their potential for longevity); I loved watching them in the X Factor and have downloaded a couple of their tracks. I specifically enjoyed their version of Rihanna's Umbrella. But their performance last night? Well it began with them begin crucified (or something similar) suspended from the ceiling. They were lowered to the stage where they began to sing. Aston was dressed in a very fetching one sleeve number and kept lifting his shirt to reveal his belly. Not entirely sure what that was all about. They sounded ok, but given that they won their 2nd place and consequent success from X Factor based on their ability to sing live I was disappointed by their performance. The production was again so-so, nothing unusual, and a little OTT. Overall an average job done by all. I popped to the bathroom to clean my teeth. I heard my girlfriend ranting at the TV so I went to find out what was occuring. 'Well, Mel B is now presenting an award; they are truly scraping the barrel, winners presenting awards? Why didn't they just give Myleene 'Gets where sh*t wouldn't' Klass or Amanda Holden on?'. You have to laugh. Toothbrush hanging out of my mouth I stood and watched her present Jay-Z with International Male Solo Artist; a deserving recipient for this accolade. He said that the Spicies had been inspirational (in a sarcastic aside fashion), Mel B nearly mounted him. Oasis are presented with Album of the last 30 years, for (What's the Story) Morning Glory. I think that's a fair award to be given; there may be better albums but the social impact and influence they had is unbeaten in my opinion. That is until Liam comes out to accept the award; he swears loads, swaggers (I expect 'Mad fer it' to pop out his mouth at any moment), then he throws his award in to the crowd and leaves; I quickly remind myself that he is only one half of the brothers who made my early teens so memorable. Peter Kay calls him an expletive then the night progresses; Kasabian play a great version of Fire, actually setting fire to the stage, super TV. Geri returns (another barrel scraping incident, particularly when she gives the audience their 'clue') to present JLS their award for Breakthrough Act. To be fair, they hardly broke through. Just my opinion; they were more 'catapulted' to fame by taking a chance and entering a reality TV show (more cynical and bitter as the review progresses). The band did beat my Florence and the Machine, so it's a triumph for the 'Pop' genre I suppose... Next, one of the moments I was waiting for, Lady Ga-Ga, who dedicated her performance to the late Lee Alexander McQueen who died last week. A British Fashion designer, icon, influence; and only the American pays any tribute to him. An outlandishly robed Lady-G sings a hybrid of Telephone and Dance in the Dark, on a crazy set, and I curse myself for not buying tickets to see her tour. She's awesome. Switch to Geri, Courtney Love (who presented an over emotional and ridiculous), Ellie Goulding (with the Critics Choice award), all being interviewed by Fearne-y pops. Geri expresses her distaste for Ga-Ga, 'she could've played something I know', why Geri so you could sing along with your abundance of vocal talent? Kasabian pick up best group (and fall over when running to get their award, too funny), then Lady Ga-Ga gets best internation female solo artist (well deserved), she acts demurely and respectfully and again pays tribute to McQueen visibly upset and delighted all at once. I hang on every note as Florence and the Machine Vs. Dizzee Rascal belt out a compulsory Brits Mash Up of Dirtee Money and You Got the Love. She looks stunning, but clearly cannot dance! Who cares, her voice is that of an Angel, I am in raptures. More winners announced, more second rate would show up at the opening of an envelope celebs present and then Jay-Z and Alicia Keys play Empire State of Mind. Alicia as usual looks divine and again, these guys act demurely and professionally. Cheryl's performance of Fight for This Love, mixed in with Show Me Love with loads of military style costumes and dancing, which we have seen over and over from her now was well received by a cheering (not silent for once) crowd; I feel heart sorry for the poor girl with her lying, cheating, fool of a fella, but she's still there singing a song during which I imagine the words choke her on the way out. More winners and then my girl (Florence) wins British Album. The show ends on a medly of Robbie Williams songs and I am surprised at how much his head fills the screen. Time to flick channels I think. So to sum up the show I was disheartened by the poor performances, I was traumatised (I think that's the way I feel anyway) by Peter Kay's abominable presenting skills, I was mystified by some of the recipients of the awards; it seems to me the Brits just like to make sure there is an even spread of genres across the award categories. A little pop, rock and new wave female. The show was short on celebrity fodder, the audience didn't seem interested or excited to be there and overall the night just didn't seem too integral or important. Hopefully the British Music Industry has something else to look forward too, aside from the catty comments and cruel snipes featured throughout this mediocre show. I have always thought British music is the best and that our homegrown talent is comparable if not better than that of the International music industry. However, last night showed that I am completely wrong, not only demonstrated by the loudmouthed, uncouth Brits that accepted awards (while the Americans remained professional, respectful and demure) but also by the fact that it is achingly apparent that we need to get fresh and new and original (and be a little more polite). Overall a big let down, but Florence and Lady G made it worthwhile watching.

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            22.01.2009 02:18
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            Brit Awards take place 18 Feb 2009

            The Brit awards are well regarded as the most credible awards show for music in Britain. I'm so glad that they dont just honour music from the UK but also international but i still think they should have categories just Best Male Solo Artist instead of Best British Male and Best International Male for example. The Brits have given Robbie Williams literally tens of awards, Girls Aloud none but four nominations,Will Young two and Leona Lewis none. They will probably give Coldplay a couple more to top them even more next Feburary i persume. When the most recent nominations where announced i was very pleased to see that i think they are much more spread out this year pop/rock/alternative wise. After the last couple of years showing too much love to rock music i was quite offended. Many say those who attend the Brits school tend to win, Adele? Winehouse? Artic Monkeys? Kate Nash...i see! but i would call it a mere coinicdence rather than anything else. Voting is done by 1000 music industry workers in different departments. I think the Best Pop category should be back so that Girls Aloud would have at least two brits now wink wink, and also i think the public should get to vote for Best Male, female and group etc instead of getting to vote for Best Single every year only, or a 50/50 basis of panel/public vote giving a more balanced winner i think. British Male Solo Artist Ian Brown James Morrison Paul Weller The Streets Will Young Well they couldnt not recognise Morrison and Young they're the only popular male artists out there.Not suprised by the Leon Jackson snub if i'm honest. I think The Streets are liked but Young or Morrison's gotta win it, i prefer Will Young but I think Morrison will take this because he has had a better year. British Female Solo Artist Adele Beth Rowley Duffy Estelle M.I.A. I am convinced either Adele or Duffy will win this. I could envisge Estelle picking this up but not 100% sure on that, i think Duffy's gonna win this. British Group Coldplay Elbow Girls Aloud Radiohead Take That What a tough category.I think Girls Aloud are great but they aint got a shot against these 4 monster popular bands. If Aloud cant win then neither should Take That. Radiohead are great but they cant win against coldplay and elbow. I think Elbow might clinch this from Coldplay. British Single Shortlist - this will be knocked down to 5 nominations by the time it is voted for live on the night. Adele - 'Chasing Pavements' Alexandra Burke - 'Hallelujah' Coldplay - 'Viva La Vida' Dizzee Rascal ft. Calvin Harris - 'Dance Wiv Me' Duffy - 'Mercy' Estelle ft. Kanye West: 'American Boy' Girls Aloud - 'The Promise' Leona Lewis - 'Better In Time' Scouting For Girls - 'Heartbeat' The X Factor Finalists - 'Hero' Brillant category, good repersentation. There is public voting to get a top 5, i predict the top 5 will be Duffy, Coldplay, Girls Aloud, Alexandera Burke and Hero. Leona would have had a shot given that it was Run not better in time up for this i think Aloud's The Promise is stellar and i think it will be Duffy v Aloud - i want Girls Aloud to win but something tells me they might lose out to either Coldplay or Duffy British Album Coldplay - Viva La Vida Duffy - Rockferry Elbow - The Seldom Seen Kid Radiohead - In Rainbows Ting Tings - We Started Nothing Some good choices, no Adele? no Take That? i'm shocked! Anyway....Coldplay have this or Duffy, the other's can't this isnt the Mercury prize hmmmm i think Coldplay will take this. British Breakthrough Act Adele Duffy The Last Shadow Puppets Scouting For Girls Ting Tings Grewat category, i think Scouting for Girls or Duffy will win with Adele close behind. I think public will vote for Scouting For Girls given that Duffy will get a couple other awards instead of this one. British Live Act Coldplay Elbow Iron Maiden Scouting For Girls The Verve Good category i think Coldplay will lose out to Elbow on this one. International Male Solo Artist Beck Neil Diamond Jay-Z Kanye West Seasick Steve Yah! No Timberlake. Anyway.....Kanye West can pick this up right now because i dont think anyone else has a shot and i dont even like him. International Female Solo Artist Beyoncé Gabriella Cilmi Katy Perry Pink Santogold Good category. Santogold won't win in a million years, Cilmi will fall short, Perry aint been around long enough. Beyonce had a great year thanks to Burke singing Listen over and over LOL! but i think Beyonce will take this. International Group AC/DC Fleet Foxes The Killers Kings of Leon MGMT I'd be very suprised if Kings Of Leon lost this, MGMT and The Killers are runner ups. International Album AC/DC - Black Ice Fleet Foxes - Fleet Foxes The Killers - Day & Age Kings of Leon - Only By The Night MGMT - Oracular Spectacular The same category as group again and Kings Of Leon will win again they had a massive year. British Producer of the Year Bernard Butler Brian Eno Steve Mac I think Steve Mac will take this one. Critics' Choice Award Florence and the Machine Sounds right to me a combo of adele and duffy and the wernt wrong last year, i think sounds good Outstanding Contribution to Music Pet Shop Boys Not sure if i agree about this one, but i think maybe Coldplay should have got this....i know they got enough with the others but i think 4 albums and lots of years they really have proved themselves. Maybe Kylie Minogue should get this? What better way to judge the Brits then look at their most recent output in terms of nominations, so here is my take on who will win, should win and who the Brits wrongly snubbed. Where's Dido? too much love for Coldplay? Duffy overload, where's Leona hmmm but she's inegible. Good performance choices but i would say that with Girls Aloud likely performing the promise LIVE with tons of effects and increasing their chance of winning, i think Will's Let It Go should have been for album award because it was one of the best realeased although it has underperformed slightly. Winehouse was huge in 2008 but she is inegible. And good on the brits for snubbing Rhianna, Timberlake and Britney ;)

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              British Music - Advantages: Tom jones getting an outstanding acheivement award and singin his hits, Shows that british music is still there, Better presenter than previous years - Disadvantages: Avril Could not sing live!

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              Ever since the pinked-haired Samantha Fox and lanky half-wit Mick Fleetwood took to the podium on that ill-fated night in 1989, The Brits have always been struggling to assert themselves as being the epitome of music awards ceremonies amongst the smorgasbord of also-rans. The 2003 version took place at Earls Court last night, and was televised on the same day for the first time since the early 1990s, albeit with a two hour delay that nullified ITV’s claim that they were going out ‘almost-live’. Davina McCall inherited the host-baton from Zoe Ball and Frank Skinner, who gave Sam and Mick a run for their money in the award for lack of sexual chemistry at the ceremony last year. Instead of presenting the awards on the main stage, the gongs were handed out on a glass podium in the middle of Earls Court. McCall whisked up and down the aisles with her mike pointing out all the stars (Mis-Teeq, Big Brovaz, er, Mis-Teeq again...), who were all interspersed with big record-executives and their trophy wives. This gave the whole ceremony a distinct whiff of Kilroy to it, which was probably not the look they were going for. Nonetheless, the night got underway with Pink and her ecstasy-anthem ‘Get The Party Started’ done in a rock style complete with stereotypically dressed British people stripping off and becoming punks – yup, classic American humour… The performances on the nights were generally disappointing. Whilst Coldplay and David Gray were typically on song, Blue did the whole faux-street-chic medley thang with yawning predictability and the Sugababes, of whom I’m a big fan, had an off-day of seismic proportions. Their hair was pretty though. Avril Lavigne sung with lots of drummers and made lots of noise. Her hair was less pretty. One of the highlights of the night was due to be the badly kept secret of a Justin Timberlake / Kylie duet. After a bog-standard run-through o f this two previous songs, Justin was joined by Kylie for a stab at Blondie’s ‘Rapture’. For some reason, Kylie did the rapping, and Justin just made some noises, and the whole thing was over quicker than people’s interest in One True Voice. The rumour had been that they were going to reinterpret Neneh Cherry’s classic ‘Buffalo Stance’ (the line ‘wearing padded bras, sucking beer through straws’ uttered by Kylie would have been the pinnacle of Brits-history for sure!). However, it kind of fell a bit flat, and was truly a disappointment. Ms Dynamite, AKA Monie Love for the bling-bling generation, teamed up with the absent George Michael to do an anti-war tirade to the backing of ‘Faith’. An interesting combination, but probably not really all that worthy of top billing on the ITN news. However, she did pick up a couple of awards to become, along with Coldplay and Eminem, the most awarded artist of the night. After beating the likes of Craig David to win the Best Urban Category, she defeated Sophie Ellis-Bextor and, er, Alison Moyet to win Best Female. Coldplay won Best Album and Best Group, taking the opportunity to make some more ‘controversial’ anti-war statements, whilst Eminem won Best International Male and Best International Album once again. The other International victors included Pink for Best Female and The Red Hot Chilli Peppers for Best Band. Surprisingly, Radio 2 favourite Norah Jones sneaked Best Newcomer from Avril Lavigne who’s face seemed to resemble a slapped arse when Ravi Shankar’s daughter was announced as the first winner of the night. Robbie Williams didn’t bother to turn up, but won the Best British Male Award for the umpteenth time. Will Young got one-up on the empty-handed Gareth Gates by winning Best Breakthrough Artist, whilst fellow TV stars Liberty X provided one of the few surprises of the night b y winning best single for ‘Just A Little’ ahead of both Will and Gareth. Arguably the most bizarre award of the night was for Best Dance Act, which was won by the pop act The Sugababes. Organisers note : One remix does not maketh a dance band… The night’s finale was a medley of song from the begoateed Tom Jones, who had won the Lifetime Achievement award. Having surely moved away from the status ironic cool legend and towards pathetically sad sextagenarian, we received some close-ups of the audience, sober as judges thanks to the alcohol ban, try to gyrate with obvious embarrassment. Ultimately, the Brits lacked the controversy and unpredictability that it had started to become its hallmark in the mid 1990s. Where were the random awards to Beck and Beth Orton? Where were the misdemeanours against politicians? Where were the stage riots by drugged-up DJs? The whole thing just seemed pretty sterile, and the new set just didn’t work. Bring back Sam Fox and Mick Fleetwood, that’s what I say!! **The Alternative Brits** MOST TRANSPARENT FAILURE TO CARRY OFF THE J LO GREEN DRESS LOOK Winner : Sabrina Washington (Mis-Teeq) WORST AWARD-GIVER LINK Winner : Vernon Kay for the gem “Garlic Bread! No, I’m Vernon Kay, Not Peter Kay!”. Ahem. MOST SURPRISING CHOICE TO GIVE AN AWARD CONSIDERING SHE’S DONE BUGGER ALL FOR YEARS Winner : Natalie Imbruglia NICEST HAIR Winner : Mutya Buena (Sugababes), who rocked the Thai-whore chic look so well BUMMEST NOTES Winner : Heidi Range (Sugababes) – you can take the girl out of Atomic Kitten, but you can’t… BEST ‘ANNOYED’ LOOK AT NOT WINNING AN AWARD Winners : Gareth Gates MOST SYCOPHANTIC TRIBUTE TO TOM JONES Winner : Robbie Williams

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                My god!!! What is the world coming too!! Lets start with the fact that 90% of music(if thats what it really is)in the charts is made to make money. i love all types of music, mainly Hip Hop, punk, indie, breakbeats, basically everything but manufactered crap which producers make and then pray on the minds of young impressionable teenagers who know no better. The music in the Brit awards is predictable and more or less the same talentless 'artists' are used every year. Why should these people get awards? My personnel opinion is this: The government want to make 'Pop Idols' teen icons because the music they produce doesn't promote any feelings other than love, sex etc this is what is drummed into the poor young minds so's to prevent them from growing into little to rags and questioning the system. Look at the Sex Pistols ( A Great Band!) They got hounded for questioning the way the country runs, this is unwanted attention to the government ploy/s and had to be stopped. So my conclusion of the brit awards is as follows: The Brit Awards is a system that promotes the 'artists' and get them noticed by the viewers, then the next stepp is to pump the Facist material into society to keep people in there place, which is watching TV and filling the governments pockets full of money form buying alchol and tobacco, but that s another story!!

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                  18.03.2002 20:55
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                  The Brit Awards- a shameful annual event, which will never be as good as the MTV Awards. This is mainly because of the bizarre way in which the awards are given out. For example, take Belle And Sebastien, who won an award a few years ago- who the hell were they?! In addition, Craig David was nominated for 6 awards last year, but didn't win any! And this year he was up for a few, yet he hasn't even done anything for ages! I thought it was a shame that the Gorillaz didn't win anything- although I'm not a fan, they deserved some credit for what they've done, but all the decent awards went to rubbish groups like Westlife. The actual show is boring too, seeing as it's not live anymore- remember the time when Jarvis Cocker from Pulp invaded the stage when Michael Jackson was performing? That was enetertaining! They should take a tip from MTV, and show the awards live again. Perhaps that would divert our attention from how rubbish the Brit Awards really are.

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                    I have to confess to watching this years Brits in its entirity. My only excuse is... no sorry I haven't got one. I'm not too fussy if the music industry is completely corrupt, or if there are no decent bands getting any recognition (see my top 10 of last year, go on, I know you will), I just found the whole thing a bit boring. Frank Skinner, who presented the Brits with Zoe Ball, got a bit of a slating in the papers but I thought he did ok. In fairness it's a rubbish job and at least he didn't try to take it completely seriously. Rather him than Theakston anyway. Anyway, like I say, a bit boring. Where was the major incidents. No Ronnie Wood, no shock winners(though I hear it was tight between Tom McCrae and Blue for best Newcomer... Blue shaded it), it was just a bit bland. In fact the most exciting!? thing to happen was Bryan from Westlife picking a fight with the massive, and I mean that in many ways (i think), So Solid Crew. I mean, there's over a hundred and thirty three of them, that's not a fair fight. They would never have stood a chance against the fat little bugger. So, any highlights? Well, I'm male and heterosexual, so Kylie. Sorry. The Strokes were fantastic although I would have liked to have heard a different song other than Last Nite (i'm being picky here i admit). Oh, and Gorrilaz didn't win anything which was also quite nice.But, you know I just feel like the Brits need that bit of controversy to make them worth watching. Oh good God I've just realised I watched all the Baftas as well. Actually, tragic though it is I found that slightly more entertaining. Stephen Fry is a genius. Anyway, I'm not sure why I decided to give my opinion on the Brit awards, particularly as I would rather write about something I really like. Hopefully next year there will be a massive fight between Fran Healy and Chris Martin where they throw flowers at each other and shout to Damon Gough to come and sort it out with his tea cosy hat. Anything would be more interesting than watching Jay Kay shouting (presumably ironically) 'I need a bad GIRL' to Anastacia. Well done Frank, hope you have more interesting ammunition for jokes next time. Addition: I forgot to thank Johnny Vegas for the only genuinely hilarious part of the proceedings. The bit where he told the 'kids' at the front that they were only there because they had relatives in the music industry. Something like that but funnier.

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                      ....OR ANOTHER 'F' IN FRIDAY... What is it about Fridays on Dooyoo? You log on hoping to read something interesting and there is just a succession of SHITE! Yes - YOU and YOU and YOU. You know who I mean. OH WOW ITS REELY COOL AND MY MATE SAID YOU KNOW FINGY, HE SUCKS. I challenge you - Just look down the list of latest Opinions. Apart from one of two exceptions it is UNMITIGATED SHITE!! No beating about the bush. I realise, of course that the moroinic perpetrators of this garbage will not be reading this. In the minute or so that it takes them to read this - they could have written three or four opinions of their own1 'Opinions' - yep, thats a laugh INNIT. Hardly the name for the rubbish that gets doled out in the name of 'opinion' at this time of the week. I asked WHY? But more to the point ... WHY BOTHER? The crap that wastes our time and forces GOOD, WELL CONSTRUCTEED AND WELL WRITTEN stuff out of the latest ops list rather indicates that instead of wasting their time on their PC and WASTING OUR TIME - They should maybe be doing some SKOOL WORK. Or maybe the 11 plus is easier to pass these days. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>. FINAL WORD AND APOLOGY Sorry to waste your time in reading this - BUT IT MAKES ME SO ANGRYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!! >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> And just to prove the point that the Rubbish that gets posted destroys the Good stuff - How about taking a look at my Review of 'OCEANS ELEVEN' I wote half an hour ago - it's a damn site more interesting and literate than this garbage.

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                        Hmm what can I say? Well, nothing can beat the Fox and Fleetwood combo but I think Skinner and Ball nearly beat them on this one!!! As far as the awards themselves are concerned, it's getting a bit of a farce now with every year one singer/group getting nominated aplenty and then taking home nothing; I.E. Craig David last year (in my opinion the man should have won at least something - but hey I'm biased!!) and this year the Gorillaz (ditto). Still, I do look forward to the scandolous event of the night (i.e. John Prescott, Jacko/Jarvis, Brandon Block) but unfortunately the most scandolous thing was seeing Kylies knickers hahah. Still I'm sure you guys out there weren't complaining :) Moi jealous?! Never heheh. She must the only woman who can get away with wearing that and not get mistaken for a "lady of the night" hehe. What I would ideally like to see is the FANS voting for all categories rather than just the odd few, and the rest voted for by the "Fat Cats". Still, I suppose we have the Smash Hits Awards for that ....!

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                        Yep folks it’s that time of the year again where the music and film industries decide to have more awards ceremonies than the amount of Valentines cards that any of you received today!(In my case that would not be hard!). The Brit awards is pretty good as far as award ceremonies go. Someone always does something scandalous and there is always a duet between two completely different performers! But I am not going to prattle around singing the praises of the awards, no definitely not, instead I’m going to open myself up to lots of abuse (for the second op running!) and suggest who I would like to win the awards and who I think will win the awards. So here we go.......... BEST BRITISH NEWCOMER: Atomic Kitten (They are not new and should not be here!) Blue Tom McCrae (Who the f*** is Tom Mcrae?!) Elbow Gorillaz Mis-teeq So Solid Crew (I wish that they did only have 21 seconds to go!) Starsailor Turin Brakes Zero 7 This is one of the hardest categories to judge as there are a lot of great artists here. Gorillaz, Starsailor and Misteeq have all had very good years and I believe that this will be contested between them. But the Brits is always full of surprises so Old Tommy boy will probably win! Personally I would like to see Zero 7 win as their debut album ‘Simple Things’ is superb. It is fantastically crafted with a good mixture of soothing ballads with some more upbeat tunes mixed in. Would like to win: Zero 7 Will win: Gorillaz BEST BRITISH MALE: Aphex Twin Craig David (Did he actually release anything last year?!) Sir Elton John Ian Brown Robbie Williams This category to me is quite an easy one. Craig David hasn’t done anything, Aphex Twin isn’t popular enough and Sir Elton John releases a single every year when he needs to get his hair re-done! So this leaves Ian Brown and Robbie. Perso nally I loved the Stone Roses but I cannot stand anything that Ian Brown has ever done as a solo artist. Robbie’s album of Frank Sinantra songs was however very good and this I believe will help him to sweep up this award. Would like to win: Robbie Williams Will win: Robbie Williams BEST BRITISH FEMALE: Dido Geri Halliwell (NOOOOOOOO AWFUL, AWFUL, AWFUL!!!!) PJ Harvey Sade Sophie Ellis Bexter As you may have noticed I can not stand Geri so she will not get another mention. I think that everyone is expecting this to be a contest between Dido and Sophi Ellis-Bextor. In think case I firmly believe that Dido will win as she has had a great deal of success and probably deserves the award. However PJ Harvey continues to churn out fantastic music and her album ‘Stories from the city, stories from the sea’ is to me her best album yet and she has a good chance of winning this award yet again. Would like to win: PJ Harvey Will win: Dido BEST BRITISH GROUP: Gorillaz Jamiroquai Radiohead Stereophonics Travis This again is a tough one so I will start with who will not win...The Stereophonics new album is awful and it will be a travesty of justice if they were to win. I used to love them until I saw them play at Reading Festival a couple of years ago. They were awful! I have never watched such a boring performance in my entire life! As to the rest all of them have released good, successful albums and all stand as good a chance as each other to scoop this one. Would like to win: Jamiroquai Will win: Gorillaz BEST BRITISH SINGLE: ‘Whole Again’, Atomic Kitten ‘Mambo No.5', Bob the Builder ‘Gotta get through this’, Daniel Bedingfield ‘Do you really like It’, DJ Pied Piper ‘It’s Raining Men’, Geri Halliwell (Aarghhh! She destroyed th is classic tune!) ‘Clint Eastwood’, Gorillaz ‘Pure and Simple’, Hearsay ‘Eternity/The road to Mandalay’, Robbie Williams ‘Don’t Stop Movin’, S Club 7 ‘21 Seconds’, So solid crew I’m not going to beat around the bush here as I dislike most of these songs and hate most of the others. However, all of these were very successful and it will be a tight one to call so I’m going with..... BOB THE BUILDER! Would like to win: ‘Clint Eastwood’, Gorillaz Will win: BOB THE BUILDER! BEST BRITISH DANCE ACT: Basement Jaxx Craig David (What is he doing here?!) Faithless Fatboy Slim Gorillaz 2001 saw the long awaited return of Faithless and I feel that they will win this award. But they will have stiff competition from all of the other acts except Craig David who is by no means a dance act! Would like to win: Faithless Will win: Faithless MASTERCARD BEST BRITISH ALBUM: ‘Born to Do it’, Craig David ‘No Angel’, Dido ‘Gorillaz’, Gorillaz ‘Kid A’, Radiohead ‘The Invisible Band’, Travis This is another tight category and not an easy one for me to offer an opinion on as I have to admit that I have barely listened to any of these albums much. So I will suggest a stab in the dark and leave it at that. Would like to win: Gorillaz Will win: Dido BEST BRITISH ALBUM: ‘Where’s your head at’, Basement Jaxx ‘Trouble’, Coldplay ‘Thank you’, Dido ‘I want love’, Elton John ‘Weapon of Choice’, Fatboy Slim ‘Clint Eastwood’, Gorillaz ‘21 seconds’, So Solid Crew ‘Kids’, Robbie Williams and Kylie Minogue ‘Supreme’ Robbie Williams <br>‘Sing’, Travis This category can quite often annoy me as there are always videos in here that are extremely boring and not in the slightest bit original, such as Dido’s and Elton John’s videos. However this year there are a couple of gems and I feel that it will be between Fatboy Slim (with a smooth looking Christopher Walken boogying away) or Basement Jaxx and their group of marauding killer monkeys! Would like to win: Fatboy Slim Will win: Basement Jaxx BEST INTERNATIONAL MALE: Bob Dylan Dr Dre Ryan Adams Shaggy Wyclef Jean I don’t particularly like any of these here so this will be short and sweet. Wyclef Jean is a fantastic musician and Songwriter but I feel that this will be between Shaggy and Dr Dre. Would like to win: Wyclef Jean Will win: Shaggy BEST INTERNATIONAL FEMALE: Alicia Keys Anastacia Bjork Kylie Minogue Nelly Furtado This has become an essay now and I’m starting to feel tired but the end is in sight so I will labour on! Another close call this one. Kylie has been very successful at reinventing herself, Anastacia started well but has started to fade a little and Alicia Keys is gorgeous and exceptionally talented! Would like to win: Alicia Keys Will win: Kylie Minogue BEST INTERNATIONAL NEWCOMER: Anastacia The Avalanches Linkin Park Nelly Furtado The Strokes This award I feel will be controlled by the rock groups. Linkin Park’s ‘Nu Metal’ has been very successful and The Strokes are very fresh as they sound unlike anyone from the last 15-20 years. Would like to win: Linkin Park Will win: Linkin Park BEST INTERNATIONAL ALBUM: ‘Songs in A minor’, Alicia Keys ‘Discovery’, Daft Punk ‘Survivor’, Destiny’s Child R 16;Fever’ Kylie Minogue ‘Is this it’, The Strokes Again some good artists here and this is another tough one to call. I can not however see Destiny’s Child picking up every award that they are nominated for as they are gorgeous and extremely talented. Would like to win: Destiny’s Child Will win: Destiny’s Child BEST INTERNATIONAL GROUP: Daft Punk Destiny’s Child Limp Bizkit REM The Strokes Again another solid representation from the old rock groups but I feel that Beyonce’s crew will pick up this one again. Daft Punk should get a mention here however as they continue to bash out good ‘ol dance tunes! Would like to win: Daft Punk Will win: Destiny’s Child BEST POP ACT: Blue Hear’Say Kylie Minogue S Club 7 Westlife As you may have gathered already I am not a big lover of pop music and do not like most of these groups, but all of them have had successful years and are very popular at the moment so I guess that any of them could win. I feel however that the fever of pop-stars has died and this could be the start of the demise of Hear’Say. Would like to win: S Club 7 Will win: Kylie Minogue OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO BRITISH MUSIC: Sting Only one contestant here so I guess then that this will be easy...urm... I think that Sting will win this one! Well there you have it...my predictions for the Brit awards 2002. I’m looking forward to being slated by everyone in the near future and I look forward to everyone commenting in 2 weeks time to tell me how wrong my predictions were! Anyhow watch the Brit awards as it is always entertaining and has lots of sexy ladies on it!

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                          14.02.2002 03:23
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                          The Brits this year will no doubt be an unexciting affair - many big name artists won't be there, there are no exciting performers as of yet, and as last year, many of the performances at the BRITS will be by AMERICANS. I'm going to look to the past over the best of the Brit Awards. The first moment which springs to mind is 1989, with Sam Fox and Mick Fleetwood presenting. Aside from the obvious height difference, they had zero personality, couldn't read the autocue and were incapable of pulling off the jokes the producers had written for them. This is the one which always appears on the 'worst TV moments ever' programmes. Incredibly funny, but also cringeworthy. The Brits are also famous for the Michael Jackson/ Jesus/ Jarvis Cocker debacle. Jacko pretends to be Jesus (a normal day for this perfectly normal guy) surrounded by loads of children worshipping him, Jarvis Cocker jumps up on stage in protest, flashes, gets arrested. Certainly the biggest scandal these awards have ever faced, this really showed the peculiarity of the supposed King of Pop. He just gets freakier and freakier! In 1998 Chumbawumba (where are they now) did a great service to the nation. This was the time when New Labour and New Britannia were all the rage, so much so that politicians were out in force at the Brits. Chumbawumba decided to pour a bucket full of water over Deputy PM Prescott. How we laughed. The biggest scandal in the last couple of years was Robbie vs. Liam. The King of the Brits, accepting one of his numerous awards, challenged Liam to a fight - "£100,000 of my money, £100,000 of yours" was the challenge. Nothing ever came of it, but it sure got people talking. Last year also, when a1 won Best Newcomer, it was a Gallagher who spoke out - not because a1 had been around for 2 years by that point - but because he thought they were rubbish. Well, Mr G, some of us can?t stand your 'music' either. There's been loads of great Brits moments - Fatboy Slim's acceptance speech and Robbie's copy of it - SPEECHLESS/ LEGLESS respectively. Destiny's Child surrounded by flames was a classic performance. The popstar Abba tribute was a great moment in pop music history. And remember Cher and the 150 identical dancers all wearing Cher wigs? Or when Belle & Sebastian won Best Newcomer even though all the votes came from 2 e-mail addresses? (Steps were robbed by the way.) And Madonna's, or rather Guy Ritchie's acceptance speech ("God Save The Queen!") is a classic! And Hear'say's debut last year complete with a booing record industry. The Spice Girls certainly were the queens of the Brits a few years ago. Their classic Say You'll Be There performance, the classic Union Jack dress, Geri popping out of the Jessica Rabbit gown, Mel C challenging the Gallaghers? Speaking of the Spice Girls: 2000 was the year of my favourite Brit Awards moment. This was the year when Lifetime Achievement had to be changed to Outstanding Contribution To Music so they could give the ward to the Spice Girls. Would Geri appear with them? Well certain members of the group refused to appear with her so this never happened. So we got the 4 girls giving a lacklustre forgettable performance of their greatest hits to close the show. Geri, however... Always one desperate to outdo everybody else, Ms Halliwell gave the best Brits performance that year. Yes, it was the legs. The first thing you see was a pair of 60ft inflatable legs complete with pink high heels - the legs were closed by the way. They slowly opened to reveal twenty or so semi-naked, very oily men in bunny costumes, standing over a Union Jack and at the very top was a huge metal pole - with Geri on it. She burst into Bag It Up, complete with pole dancing, Spice Girl drag queens and even her dog Harry in a shopping trolley. She never won the award, but it was the ev ent everybody still talks about when they think of the Brits. Spice Girls who? Geri won't be at this year's ceremony. Robbie may not be either. I'd be surprised if something big happens, but there's always some hope. But can anyone ever beat those legs?!

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                            23.03.2001 22:40
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                            The Brit awards. The awards that originally rewarded just British performers, but then decided to appeal to the bigger audiences, ie- U.S.A, and are now handing out "Best International" awards...at the "Brit" awards! The awards happen once a year, usually in February, and are always greeted with ridiculous hullabaloo, and endless hype that makes you sick. These facts make you sick, simply because, the Brits do not deserve hype, the awards I mean!! There was once a time, a long, long time ago, when these awards never failed to be controversial. Whether it was Brandon Block stumbling drunk onto stage, or Jarvis Cocker of Pulp fame mooning to the world during a Michael Jackson performance, something always made the headlines in every newspaper and television show that made these award ceremonies compulsive annum viewing. Recently, the trend has been for no incidents to occur at all. I say recently, although this has only been the case at this years awards, I hope that this is not a sign of things to come. The Brits are meant to be a bit naff, a bit so-so, a bit unrehearsed. So why break a formula that everyone loves? Well, obviously, there is no formula to be broke, that is the whole point, the unpredictability of The Brits are what makes them unique, if the awards are just filled with, although deserving, mind-numbingly boring speeches made by the victorious recipients then The Brits are going to look like the Grammys, just without the class. Yes, without the class, however much London Docklands and Earls Court are good venues with atmosphere, they have not an inch of class. At The Brits, the biggest stars do always turn out, most of them performing their best hits aswell, and occasionally even a medley. Also, with the performances, most stars do not mime, which is only right really but considering how much miming takes place at Top Of The Pops each week, you wonder if these so called "artists" ; can sing live at all. Whether they are miming or not, Brit performances are often memorable by the amount of pyro, lighting, setting or just plain cheekiness that happens...and even the outfits worn, you can remember "that" dress worn by Geri can't you?! One gripe that I have with most awards in general is that the winners are not picked by the people who actually know what music is good, the fans. The winners are always picked by so called music experts sitting over a desk in a boardroom somewhere, instead of winners votes being posted by some little kids who want their heroes to recieve prestige. From what I know, apart from the odd award that is voted for by Radio 1 listeners, only Smash Hits awards are voted for by fans. But wait, aren't Smash Hits awards the ones that give Ronan Keating Best Dressed Male...and Worst Dressed Male? Yes, thats right, they are the ones who honoured Robbie Williams with two gongs, Best and Worst Male! Perhaps it's best if we leave it to the experts!!

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                              13.03.2001 03:55
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                              Another year, another Brits award. A celebration of all that’s good in music? A big back slapping session for all those hard working bands and record labels? A chance to promote British music? Another pointless celebration of high earning musicians and multinational record labels? Yes folks the Brits is all this and more .These questions need to be examined in order to get an answer to what the Brits and the music industry is all about. I will attempt to give some answers to them, and on my way exposing some of the underbelly and the mechanics of the business of music. First off though, I will attempt to outline the voting system behind the Brits. Not only does it explain the concentration of power within the British music industry it also explains why some of the voting seems at odds with what is perceived as being public taste. The voting system for the majority of the awards works like an electoral college, with different bodies and groups within the British entertainment industry having certain percentages of the votes. The actual voting structure breaks down as follows: 25% Record company employees (from the major record labels EMI, Warner, Sony and BMG). 25% Press (National, Weekly, Monthly and Specialist). Whilst the last 50% is made up of a motley group of promoters, radio DJs, pluggers and presenters. Whose this people actually are is not really known, but you get the feeling that they all come from the more sycophantically minded end of the music business. These people form what is known as the Academy, which then decides which artists should be short listed for each category, this includes the public voted categories like Best Single, Best Video and for the first time this year Best Pop act. So not only do they make the decisions for the in house voting but they also set the agenda for the public voting as well. All very Orwellian if you ask me. Because of the structure of the Academy and the procedure we get for the voting , th e Brits Awards became geared in a certain way. That is towards the interest of major labels and the artists on major labels. Very rarely do groups or individuals signed to a non major label affiliated Indie label receive any nominations or win a Brit. (The notable exception to this being Belle and Sebastian’s Best Newcomer Award in 1998). So onto answer the questions I set myself at the beginning. Firstly: The Brits as a celebration of all that is good in Music? Well if you count good, as being about shifting a large amount of units then yes. Rather than being a celebration of ‘good music’ , the Brits is little more than a celebration of how well the Major labels have marketed and sold their products to the British public. On this level there is no visible difference between Steps and Coldplay, both have sold a hundred score of records in the last year. If they hadn’t done so there would have been no way in which they would have been nominated. This situation creates a causality where good is defined as popular and well selling rather than ground breaking or inspirational. The Brits has problems dealing with rewarding success that falls outside the walls of commercial viability. Onto the next poised question: That of back slapping. Yes the Brits is a fantastic display of nepotism and backslapping. Something I would not have a problem with, if it was kept in the private domain. The media hype and broadcasting of The Brits, just turns into one big 3 ring circus. Where glamour and image take over from creativity and originality and our forced into the public domain, once again this reinforces the Cult of the personality. All which leads to the interested parties feeding of each other, the Press selling more papers on the back of ‘our love of celebrities’ (already pre-packaged and controlled by the Press themselves). Whilst the Music industry receives more free publicity for their precious assets from the baying hou nds of the Press. The Brits also claims that in promotes British music. Well it does to a certain degree, again linked to those artists who have sold well in the UK. Any musical British bands successful outside their native country, but not successful (again in terms of units sold) are ignored. If the Brits were really a promotion of British music why concentrate on those bands only successful in the UK. Bands such as Bush have shifted massive amounts of records in the US, yet this success is completely ignore by the Brits. Other UK based bands such as Mesh and VNV Nation sell massively in Europe (VNV Nation topped the German Alternative Chart throughout 2000, out selling many better known US acts like Papa Roach) but are also ignored. Surely the Brits should award those bands who succeed outside the homeland environment. It all honest the last question has already been answered. Yes the Brits is really just a celebration of the success of Multi National companies in selling a product. Be it Boy/ Girl bands to the under Teens market or ‘serious real music’ to the middle managers of this land. In every way The Brits is just the Multi Nationals gloating about it’s successful marketing strategies. The actual award winners are inter changeable , one year it’s Oasis, the next it’s Blur. In the Eighties we had Bros and Phil Collins, now we have Westlife and Robbie Williams. The real winners have ever are the Big companies, and all the Brits does it massage the tied shoulders of a bloated and musically bankrupt group of individuals with too much power and influence over the past, present and future of music.

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