Robbie Wins Big, David Comes Up Empty At Brit Awards
Despite a record six nominations, Craig David walked away with no trophies at the 2001 Brit Awards, held tonight (Feb. 26) at London's Earls Court. David, who recently signed to Atlantic in North AmerDespite a record six nominations, Craig David walked away with no trophies at the 2001 Brit Awards, held tonight (Feb. 26) at London's Earls Court. David, who recently signed to Atlantic in North America, was nominated for best British album, best dance a ct, best male solo artist, best British newcomer, best British single, and best British video. Robbie Williams took the most honors, with three.
News that David, signed to Telstar's Wildstar imprint at home, would fail to secure a victory was leaked to t he U.K. tabloids over the weekend. During the ceremony, DJ Pete Tong, Elton John, and U2 paid homage to the singer. Meanwhile, during his performance of "Fill Me In," David took a stab at the Brit voting academy, dropping into the lyrics of the song, "Six nominations but no Brits this evening."
Williams won for best male solo artist as well as best British single and video for "Rock DJ." Parlophone/EMI's Coldplay took two key awards: best British album ("Parachutes") and best British group. Crowd favorit e U2 took best international group and the special award for outstanding contribution to music.
U.S. R&B singer Kelis, who is signed to Virgin, took best international newcomer, while Serious/Universal's Sonique took best female solo artist. In a prereco rded clip, Madonna and her new husband, filmmaker Guy Ritchie, accepted her award for best international female artist, with Madonna appearing as a housewife polishing a picture of the Queen.
In one of the surprises of the evening, Columbia boy band A1 t ook the award for best British newcomer, which was voted on by listeners of BBC Radio 1. Oasis' Noel Gallagher later commented, "This awards ceremony over the years has been accused of having no sense of humor, but when you see A1 taking an award, you know they're taking the piss."
RCA boy band Westlife took home best pop act honors (as voted by viewers of the TV program "CD: U.K.") and performed a version of their upcoming single, a cover of Billy Joel's "Uptown Girl." Skint/Sony's Fatboy Slim won best British dance act.