Honouring the Greatest Musicians or the Ones Who’ve Made the Most Money?
Love them or loathe them the Brit awards will soon be on us again. This is where the music industry comes together to celebrate the best of what the British music scene has to offer or, depending on your point of view, give a nice little statue to some people who have made record executives a lot of money (as well as themselves). There has long been a tradition of rewarding artist achievements in this way but as these are industry awards and not voted for by the record and CD, streaming service user or download buying public then what it proves in terms of quality is to many, moot. It is a must-see event and you should ensure that you contact a TV Aerial Installation Swansea company to make sure that there are no glitches in your reception. How did this ceremony come about?
The event began in 1977 but did not become an annual event until 1982. Until 1989 the were simply known as the British Phonographic Industry awards but they were rebranded the Brits in part to do with sponsorship from Britannia Music club and Mastercard. The show in 1989 was broadcast live and it remains the highlight of the shows history in that it was an utter disaster presented by two incompetents combined with what appears to be an organisation team made up of five year olds with a marker pen and a white board. View some of the best bits here. Even better the winner of the best single that year was Fairground Attractions “Perfect”. Oh the irony.
It was decided after lots of consultation, a goodly part of it coming from the BBC who had showed the whole debacle without any degree of control, that the show would be recorded. Later on it was moved from a night time slot to a late afternoon slot so that there would be no drink laden incidents and it was hoped that most of the artists would have had a good meal to line their stomachs. The public were allowed in to provide an audience that wasn’t jaded enough yet to not appreciate the show on the stage and put up in seating around the event where they could watch the music industry, politicians and artists generally enjoying themselves. Amazingly, in 2007 the organisers went mad and reverted back to a live show in the evening. To compound this they hired Russell Brand as the host but it was a complete success and the format has stayed this way. The event has become so popular that it is now held at the immense O2 Arena since 2011.