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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.
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