Brit Awards Facts
British Phonographic Industry's annual pop music awards
- The awards began in 1977 and as annual event in 1982 under the auspices of the British record industry's trade association, the BPI.
- The Brit Awards are the British equivalent of the American Grammy Awards.
- The Classic BRIT Awards are the equivalent awards ceremony for classical music.
- Robbie Williams holds the record for the most Brit Awards, having won a total of 12 as a solo artist and another five awards as part of Take That.
- In 1989 they were renamed the Britannia Music Awards to echo sponsorship by Britannia Music Club and this was shortened to BRIT Awards.
- MasterCard has been the long-time sponsor of the event.
- The Brit Awards were broadcast live until 1989.
- From 2007, the Brit Awards reverted to a live broadcast on British television, on 14 February on ITV.
- On 18 February 2009, the venue for the BRITs was once again the Earls Court Exhibition Centre in London.
- The 2011 Brit Awards were held at The O2 Arena in London for the first time in its history, moving from the original venue of Earls Court.