While awards season might be packed with red carpet moments and high end glamour, only the BRITs can represent the zeitgeist of the UK's music scene in a night of such addictive viewing where anything – literally anything – can happen. From Sam Fox and Mick Fleetwood's disastrous hosting in 1989 to the endless rivalries and protests, the BRITs has got it all. Here are some of our favourite iconic moments in British music. >>
It was the height of 'Cool Britannia' when David Bowie was presented with his Outstanding Achievement BRIT – presented by then-Prime Minister Tony Blair. An unexpected duet at the time, it has only become weirder in retrospect. That year's awards also featured Michael Jackson only BRITS performance – interrupted, of course, by a pantsless Jarvis Cocker.
The Spice Girls have forged successful careers outside of the pop world since the height of their fame, but their 1997 BRITS performance was one of the most iconic pop moments of the decade. The story goes that Geri Halliwell (now Horner – then Ginger Spice) wasn’t keen on her stage outfit, so stitched a Union Jack tea towel to an LBD just before their call. It later sold for £41,320 and became the defining image of a generation.
There are many iconic BRITs moments that involve feuding bandmembers – and many of those involve Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher. He fell out with his brother Noel many times, was insulted by host Peter Kay in 2010 after throwing his award into the crowd, but it was award winner Robbie William's 2000 speech that makes our list. Williams challenged Gallagher to a televised boxing match in which they'd each put up £100,000 – winner takes all – to find the winner of their feud. Fans of the pair are still ready to place their bets.
It's safe to say Brits school graduate and multi award-winning songbird Adele has given a few acceptance speeches in her time, with the extraordinary success of her three albums 19, 21 and 25. But one that will no doubt stand out for the singer was winning Album of the Year for her second album – but having her speech cut off by host James Corden so that Blur could perform. Thankfully it didn't dampen her Hometown Glory, and three years later she went on to win four gongs without getting cut off once.
Madonna almost found herself royally unseated during a performance at the BRITs in 2015 that forced her into a flying visit. Closing the show with her single Living for Love, Madonna was yanked down a high set of steps by her dancers when her elegant Armani cape failed to come loose. Proving why she's still the reigning Queen of Pop, the then 56-year-old star shrugged off the misshaped and continued her performance, before laughing it off on her social media. "Armani hooked me up – my beautiful cape was tied too tight," she said.