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BRIT Awards 2017: The List of Winners

The BRIT Awards, sometimes called the Brits, is perhaps the most important event for the UK’s music industry. The awards, given out by the British Phonographic Industry association (the BPI), have been recurring annually since 1982. The awards ceremony is transmitted live by the local TV channel ITV (the BBC’s main competitor) and held in The O2 in London (since 2011).

Robbie Williams is the British artist with the most BRITs under his belt: he won five of them as part of “Take That”, and further 13 as a solo artist, followed by Adele and Coldplay with 9 awards each, “Take That” and Annie Lennox with 8 each, and Arctic Monkeys and One Direction with 7. Over the years, the awards were offered to famous bands like The Beatles, Eurythmics, or Queen.


Without further ado, here are this year’s BRIT Awards winners:

British female solo artist

Winner: Emeli Sandé

Shortlist:

  • Anohni
  • Ellie Goulding
  • Lianne La Havas
  • Nao

British male solo artist

Winner: David Bowie

Shortlist:

  • Craig David
  • Kano
  • Michael Kiwanuka
  • Skepta

British group

Winner: The 1975

Shortlist:

  • Bastille
  • Biffy Clyro
  • Little Mix
  • Radiohead

International female solo artist

Winner: Beyoncé

Shortlist:

  • Christine and the Queens
  • Rihanna
  • Sia
  • Solange

International male solo artist

Winner: Drake

Shortlist:

  • Leonard Cohen
  • Bon Iver
  • Bruno Mars
  • The Weeknd

British single

Winner: “Shout Out To My Ex” – Little Mix

Shortlist:

  • “Dancing On My Own” – Calum Scott
  • “Faded” – Alan Walker
  • “Fast Car” – Jonas Blue feat. Dakota
  • “Girls Like” – Tinie Tempah feat. Zara Larsson
  • “Hymn For The Weekend” – Coldplay
  • “Pillowtalk” – Zayn
  • “Rockabye” – Clean Bandit feat. Sean Paul & Anne-Marie
  • “Say You Won’t Let Go” – James Arthur
  • “This Is What You Came For” – Calvin Harris feat. Rihanna

International group

Winner: A Tribe Called Quest

Shortlist:

  • Drake & Future
  • Kings of Leon
  • Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds
  • Twenty One Pilots

Mastercard British album of the year

Winner: Blackstar – David Bowie

Shortlist:

  • i like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it – The 1975
  • Konnichiwa – Skepta
  • Love & Hate – Michael Kiwanuka
  • Made In The Manor – Kano

British artist video (decided by public vote)

Winner: “History” – One Direction

Shortlist:

  • “Fast Car” – Jonas Blue Feat. Dakota
  • “Girls Like” – Tinie Tempah Feat. Zara Larsson
  • “Hair” – Little Mix Feat. Sean Paul
  • “Hymn For The Weekend” – Coldplay
  • “Pillowtalk” – Zayn
  • “Rockabye” – Clean Bandit Feat. Sean Paul & Anne-Marie
  • “Say You Won’t Let Go” – James Arthur
  • “Send My Love (To Your New Lover)” – Adele
  • “This Is What You Came For” – Calvin Harris Feat. Rihanna

British breakthrough act (decided by public vote)

Winner: Rag’N’Bone Man

Shortlist:

  • Anne-Marie
  • Blossoms
  • Skepta
  • Stormzy

Which one of these artists (with the exception of David Bowie, of course) you fancy to see on one of the Sziget2017 stages?

44 thoughts on “BRIT Awards 2017: The List of Winners

  1. Sh*t The Dillinger Escape Plan would have been a brilliant name for A38 clashing with a Main Stage DJ, that’s a pity. A friend of mine once got Ben Weinman’s broken guitar after he broke it on the stage and threw it in the public.

  2. @Bender
    then come out for the show at one of the best venues in Europe filled with stage dives as there will be no barricade.

  3. @Bender, if so, count me in, I’ll be by myself in that 99%, since none of the people I attend the festival with usually will be down with me for it, and I need to see TDEP once in my life.

    That’s an occasion lost for Sziget, agree

  4. Let’s see what Sziget brings us that night, lucky as we are, if they book ATDI they will make them clash with TDEP lol

  5. @Yelo of course, let’s see who’s playing the 11th and if it’s a dj let’s go!

    @Fffsf yes it would be nice! Last year I met both Yelo and Noeliam, It would also be very nice to drink a beer with all of you guys of Szigetnews. Because it’s true that we spend most of the time arguing but we all have something in common: we love music and we love or have loved Sziget.

  6. So that’s true? Jesus christ, Im too young to see all of my fav bands retiring, that’s unfair

    ATDI also are likely to be ending their reunion sooner or later…

  7. @Bender / @Yelo / @Noeliam How you ended up meeting each other last year? We had this FB group, some plan to meet at Colosseum during some gig(?) but…
    I have trouble to even find my real friends (who i know IRL)!
    Also, when I cross the bridge, something happens and I just go with the flow, so meeting friends is “difficult” and sometimes its hard to even remember to go some “must see” gigs. But it would be great to have a beer you guys during Sziget and toastfor that, (or hölkynkölkyn as we say here in Finland)

  8. @JumboJohn: I only met with Bender; few times just wandering on the road and I see him (I saw him on the screens of the main stage once haha!). And one time at Teapot Industries concert at lightstage. Very small stage, so it was easy 🙂
    For this year, we plan to meet on moving day at Mambo Restaurant, and probably some other time at a small concert 🙂

    We can also meet at the collosseum, every night my friends and I stayed at the same spot so we’ll see 🙂
    I guess I will do a facebook page for the event closer to the festival!

  9. UPDATE:
    9th: Billy Talent, Dubioza Kolektiv
    10th: Jamie Cullum, Kensington, Watsky, Chef’Special, W&W, Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano
    11th: Bear’s Den
    12th: Bad Religion, Weval

  10. And Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Alt-J, The Kills, Interpol and De Staat for the last day…
    *Sorry about that but I don’t know why I can’t post it in one comment…

  11. I met Bender before knowing him on this site, so it’s another thing, I realized after a while he was him lol
    Noeliam and I havent met yet, but it’s a sure bet I will do my best to come to meet him, and anybody else is down for a beer 🙂

    Im doing a list on excel with all the scheduling and time I have, building it around Camper’s data, poster’s position and my personal supposition. It’s not enough yet to build a clashfinder, but I guess it’s interesting how right now we have the last two days of MS basically out of the games with X-X-2DCC-ML and X-The Kills-AltJ-DV&LM. Those days ain’t delusional at all, at least to me, there are 3 bands out of 5 I’m planning to watch, yet those headliners are a shame from any point of view one want to watch at them…

    In the first day, I think Billy Talent gonna sub-headline, as somebody said some time ago – fine with them, even if before this summer I didnt knew about them. So, at least for my taste, they need to put a really strong headliner there, cause Dubiosa Kolektiv and Billy Talent are good on their own, but arent really rappresentative of something, at least to me.

    Thinking about the Main Stage, I found out that among 16 names announced, I knew about only 10 of them, and 5 of them because I have already seen at past Sziget.
    It may mean that my music’s knowledge is goin’ missing, or maybe not. In either cases, not a good news.

    I struggle to understand who’s gonna be the A38’s headliner so far. For sure we have Flume and Interpol, but I thought also Crystal Fighters and Bad Religion had a spot reserved. Nah? Wanna bet Bad Religion will clash with Kasabian? lol

    Any random impressions? 🙂

  12. @Yelo: George Ezra is on Main stage on august 14, so that day is indeed complete unless TDCC play at 17.30 and ML at 19.30

  13. @Yelo It’s X-George Ezra-2DCC-ML by the way 🙂

    Also Mando Diao will play on the 12th of August…

    In my opinion we have 3 headliners (DV&LM, ML and Kasabian), 4 sub-headliners (BT, PJ Harvey, 2DCC and Alt-J) but as I said before I have a feeling that Jamie Cullum will sub-headline too. I agree with you about Flume and Interpol being A38 headliners and yeah, there are a few bands which could possibly get the same spot (TNAF, Crystal Fighters, Bad Religion, Charli XCX, etc.).

    The big question for me is who’s gonna headline the rest of the days? It looks like Eminem will be R&L european exclusive or something like that. I actually can’t remember if he ever played in Central or Eastern Europe…or at least in Germany? Also because the last two days are already booked I think The XX and Lana Del Rey are impossible now. Both are playing three Scandinavian festivals – The XX (10th-12th), Lana (9th-12th). Speaking of which, there will also play Chance The Rapper and Frank Ocean and they could make it in Hungary but are they big enough for headline slots?

    V Festival is announcing its headliners next week (rumour – Ed Sheeran and Katy Perry). They could be the huge names (but not the quality)… And then? Placebo, Biffy Clyro, The Prodigy and Mumfords are around but festival announcements which included them started weeks ago. Why would Sziget wait with their announcements for so long time?

    So this is a big mystery for me and I hope that we won’t end up with some stupid DJ 🙂

  14. VOMAX I dont really know how to share it, but if you enlight me I would be more than happy to share it with you 🙂

    I forgot about George Ezra! But I think he will play at 17.15 too; if so, apart Dubiosa Kolektiv, we dont have any band announced for the 16.00 spot, and that is a lil bit disappointing, since Ezra, Odell, and Clean Bandit arent really the standard I would desire for Sziget on the Main Stage BUT that’s my personal opinion, so it doesnt matter 🙂

    Jamie Cullum can sub-headline, for sure, looking at his position on the poster (assuming we aint giving it too much importance), but he would be the weakest sub-headliner I ever saw in 4 years, not because of quality (jazz on the main stage, where can I sign for it?) but because it’s really really unknow to me and it seems so out of context in this meta of the main stage.

    Are The Naked and Famous so… famous? Also, Charli XCX headlining would be a fall from grace, she’s the opposite from the “alternative” that A38 should bring to the table, and that would be another proof that the A38’s use has dramatically changed to a cauldron of what’s left from the other stages – and that would be stupid af.

    Frank Ocean CAN actually headline, he does it in many festivals (Northside, Lovebox, Primavera, Way Out West) – would I be happy of it? No. Because R&B is such a downer live, and that’s why I wouldnt like to have The Weeknd, Solange or Bieber as headliner (even tho Ocean>Solange>The Weeknd>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Bieber).
    Can Chance The Rapper headline? It depends on how much they get influenced by US goers: out there he’s considered the new Kendrick Lamar, and it’s a thing.
    Eminem being exclusive would be marvelous for the Reading & Leeds, just like they want to compete against the other festivals just showing they have a big wallet, and that’s silly: enlarge the festival’s date, create new workshops, no need to destroy the market… exclusives are a ruin to the world of festivals.

    Im looking to the festivals’ news in a bit so I’ll probably write another post about it sooner or later. But as somebody said (Noeliam?), the best case scenario for the headliners left is the following IMO: Eminem – Mumford and Sons – The XX / Placebo / Biffy Clyro – deadmau5 / The Prodigy.
    From there it can only get worse, unless they don t have some ace up their sleeve like KoL in 2015 (well, possibly something less boring)

  15. Just have read all comments above, so haven’t noticed any mentions of Lorde, Perry or Sheeran.
    I suppose one of them easily takes Rihanna’s spot from last year. As soon their albums/lead singles’ info fully revealed, they could be announced.
    As it’s been said, the xx and lana are impossible as 13-15 dates are completed at MS (are they?).
    Beyoncé just cancelled Coachella, maybe all the money would be spent on exclusive at Sziget (unreal). The prodigy sound great.

  16. Can’t understand why you guys think The Xx can’t play august 13, they are free. I also think they could play on 14 before or after ML, otherwise that day would be incredibly weak. TDCC are an A38 kind of band, the subheadliner spot with them will be a poor empty main stage (even if I like them)

  17. Miguel, I disagree: 2DCC can hold the stage better than the majority of the band on the poster so far. Major Lazer and Ezra make somehow the MS weak in that day, because the first name are a bunch of monkey jumping around with retarded ass’ music (sorry, I really hate them) and the second is kinda static, same as Bombay Bycicle Club in 2014 and others mainly acoustic performance (with the exception of Paolo Nutini, I guess).
    The XX are headlining/co-headlining every festival they are booked in, deal with it people…

    MV, I dont think they wanna reply Rihanna after all the shitload they got for her booking, fare and performance, so, no Katy Perry. Ed Sheeran is a candidate, but for now he havent any gig – for how much it concerns me, he’s in the same spot of Eminem.
    Lorde aint headliner material, not in Roskilde, not in Werchter, wouldnt be in Sziget in any case.

    + Sampha announced for Oya, Flow and Lovebox, may Sziget care for quality and book him, instead of others R&B big names

    but

    + Frank Ocean announced at Flow, bet on him for the next (disappointing) headliner (?)

  18. Rag N’ Bone man would be a great addition to Sziget.

    In terms of another headliner, following the Leeds festival announcement it has to be Eminem!

  19. I think it’s pretty certain Sziget will book Eminem as he’s not a Reading & Leeds exclusive. I’ve heard he is terrible live but it’s a big name I suppose..

  20. That TDEP show is just rescheduled after they cancelled their remaining winter dates after their road accident in Poland. So not really a lost chance for Sziget as there was no chance at first place 😉

    Eminem would be a good mega popular headliner. His recent stuff is rather bad, but I’m quite sentimental about his older albums.

  21. Yeah, last few years at sziget the format was: some days with very big headliners, some others with very small ones (eg Muse Vs Manu Chao). This years I think will be the same, I hoped we could have a good 2014ish balanced and rich lineup but 3 big names are just better to put on the poster

  22. I think that a headliner will be announced on the 1st of March. At previous editions we already saw Sziget announcements at the very start of the month. 😀

  23. According to Harry Jenner (booking for Frequency Festival) Eminem is coming to Europe for only two shows…

  24. @Camper: if it’s not Frequency then has to be Sziget, ’cause all the other festivals have their headliners already sorted out

  25. Noooo, I would have loved Eminem.

    From the names that seem possible, I would be happy if we saw four names out of Eminem (even if it looks unlikely/Ed Sheeran/Biffy Clyro/Mumford and Sons/The Prodigy.

    I know that wouldn’t be everyone’s cup of tea but those names would make my personal festival experience so much better!

    @Miguel – have you seen TDCC live before? If not I hope you will be pleasantly surprised! They can absolutely hold a mainstage crowd, they are a superb live act. In fact it is seeing them live that made me a superfan of them, the show is just so energetic and fun! I agree with Yelo, I’ve seen Ezra and Major Lazer before and I found both OK but ultimately disappointing. I’m hoping ML will be better in the 2017 edition, as they have at least a few more memorable songs under their belt.

  26. Yes I’ve seen them, I like them a lot but I don’t think they are a solid sub if Major Lazer headlines. They’d be an incredibly good sub for a proper act, not for a trash djset

  27. I think I see what you mean, I am not exactly pumped to go from Two Door to Major Lazer, maybe something in the A38 will take my attention instead. Already gagging for the next announcement!

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