The Brits Are Coming!

   

Brits 1999

by Amir Hussan


It's 1999, it's early February, and that means one thing - the Brit Awards are almost here! The UK's biggest annual awards ceremony is this year set to take place at London's Docklands Arena on February 16th, with Big Breakfast presenter Johnny Vaughan hosting.

Robbie Williams The star of the 1999 Brit Awards looks like being former Take That star and man-of-the-moment Robbie Williams. He scooped a record-breaking six nominations, beating the previous record holders Oasis, who scored five in 1996. With nominations for Best Male, Best Album, Best Single (twice) and Best Video (twice), Robbie will be facing stiff competition. Massive Attack have matched Oasis' previous record of five nominations, while the Manic Street Preachers, Gomez, Catatonia, Cornershop and Fatboy Slim have each achieved three.

Meanwhile, this year's Best British Newcomer category seems to have a strong pop flavour, with the likes of Another Level, Billie, Five and Steps all hoping to come out on top. The winner will once again be voted for by Radio 1 listeners, while the Best British Video and Best British Single will again be chosen by viewers of "The Box" and commercial radio listeners respectively. These three awards are a breath of fresh air amongst all the others, which have no public input and are voted for by music industry insiders.

Tom Jones One of the most memorable features of the Brit Awards has always been the live performances and unique collaborations. Who can forget Take That's Beatles medley, Eternal's Supremes medley, Dina Carroll & Jon Bon Jovi, Robbie Williams & Tom Jones... and of course, Jarvis Cocker & Michael Jackson!! This year looks like being just as good, with David Bowie and Placebo's Brian Molko due to perform their rendition of the T-Rex classic "20th Century Boy". On a slightly more epic scale, Abba's 25th anniversary will be celebrated by what promises to be an unforgettable Abba medley from Billie, B*Witched, Cleopatra and Steps. It's hoped the medley will be released as a charity single later on in the year.

Curiously absent from this year's nominations are the Spice Girls, though Melanie B (now known as Melanie G) does get a mention in the Best Video category for her collaboration with Missy 'Misdemeanor' Elliot. Similarly Boyzone, winners of last year's Record Of The Year on ITV, and Cher, whose "Believe" has become the UK's biggest selling single by a female artist, both failed to receive a single nomination. In spite of this, Boyzone are expected to perform their Comic Relief charity single "When The Going Gets Tough" at the ceremony, while Cher has confirmed she will be performing too.

In contrast to this apparent show of goodwill however, George Michael has pulled out of making an appearance. Nominated for Best Single and Best Video, it was hoped George, who has never sung at the Brits, would perform his new single "As", a duet with Mary J. Blige. According to press reports, he decided to stay away after learning he had not been included in the Best Male category, an award he has won twice previously. He is also keen not to be upstaged by Robbie Williams and his six nominations.

Eurythmics Other stars set to perform on the night include Robbie Williams, Manic Street Preachers, The Corrs, Whitney Houston, and of course, eighties supergroup The Eurythmics. Nominated for this year's Outstanding Contribution Award, Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart have reformed especially for the Brits. Due to perform a medley of their greatest hits, this will be their eighth award - more than any other act in Brit Awards history.


So who will end up winning what? Can Robbie match his record number of nominations with a record number of wins? Will anything go wrong? To find out, you'll have to watch the Brit Awards on ITV, February 17th (the day after the ceremony takes place). Alternatively you can hear the results as they happen, live on Radio 1, on the evening of February 16th.

In the meantime, see below for our Brits predictions:


BEST BRITISH MALE
Ian Brown
Bernard Butler
Fatboy Slim
Lynden David Hall
Robbie Williams
Prediction: Robbie Williams

BEST BRITISH FEMALE
Billie
Des'ree
PJ Harvey
Hinda Hicks
Billie Myers
Prediction: Des'ree

BEST BRITISH GROUP
The Beautiful South
Catatonia
Gomez
Manic Street Preachers
Massive Attack
Prediction: Manic Street Preachers

BEST BRITISH NEWCOMER
Another Level
Belle & Sebastian
Billie
Cleopatra
Cornershop
Five
Gomez
Hinda Hicks
Propellorheads
Steps
Prediction: Steps

BEST BRITISH DANCE ACT
All Saints
Faithless
Fatboy Slim
Jamiroquai
Massive Attack
Prediction: Fatboy Slim

BEST BRITISH ALBUM
Catatonia - International Velvet
Gomez - Bring It On
Manic Street Preachers - This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours
Massive Attack - Mezzanine
Robbie Williams - I've Been Expecting You
Prediction: Manic Street Preachers

BEST BRITISH SINGLE
The Beautiful South - Perfect 10
Catatonia - Road Rage
Cornershop - Brimful Of Asha
Des'ree - Life
Fatboy Slim - The Rockafella Skank
Manic Street Preachers - If You Tolerate This...
Massive Attack - Teardrop
George Michael - Outside
Robbie Williams - Angels
Robbie Williams - Millennium
Prediction: Robbie Williams - Angels

BEST BRITISH VIDEO
All Saints - Under The Bridge
Melanie B feat. Missy Elliot - I Want You Back
Cornershop - Brimful Of Asha
Jamiroquai - Deeper Underground
Massive Attack - Teardrop
George Michael - Outside
Placebo - Pure Morning
Radiohead - No Surprises
Robbie Williams - Let Me Entertain You
Robbie Williams - Millennium
Prediction: Melanie B Feat. Missy Elliot

BEST INTERNATIONAL MALE
Beck
Eagle-Eye Cherry
Neil Finn
Pras
Will Smith
Prediction: Will Smith

BEST INTERNATIONAL FEMALE
Sheryl Crow
Lauryn Hill
Natalie Imbruglia
Madonna
Alanis Morissette
Prediction: Madonna

BEST INTERNATIONAL GROUP
Air
Beastie Boys
The Corrs
Fun Lovin' Criminals
REM
Prediction: The Corrs

BEST INTERNATIONAL NEWCOMER
Air
B*Witched
Eagle-Eye Cherry
Natalie Imbruglia
Savage Garden
Prediction: Air

BEST SOUNDTRACK/CAST RECORDING
Boogie Nights
Jackie Brown
Lock Stock And Two Smoking Barrels
Titanic
The Wedding Singer
Prediction: Lock Stock And Two Smoking Barrels

OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO BRITISH MUSIC
The Eurythmics


LINKS: Brit Awards