1997 BRIT Awards
|17th BRIT Awards|
|Date||24 February 1997|
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The 1997 BRIT Awards were the 17th edition of the biggest annual pop music awards in the United Kingdom. They are run by the British Phonographic Industry and took place on 24 February 1997 at Earls Court Exhibition Centre in London.
- Bee Gees — "Medley of Songs"
- Diana Ross featuring Jamiroquai — "Upside Down"
- The Fugees — "Killing Me Softly with His Song"
- Manic Street Preachers — "A Design for Life"
- Mark Morrison — "Return of the Mack"
- Prince — "Emancipation"
- Sheryl Crow — "Everyday Is a Winding Road"
- Skunk Anansie — "Teenage Kicks"
- Spice Girls — "Wannabe / Who Do You Think You Are"
|MasterCard British Album||Best British Single|
|Best British Video||Best Soundtrack|
|Best British Male||Best British Female|
|Best British Group||Best British Breakthrough Act|
|Best British Dance Act||Best British Producer|
|Best International Male||Best International Female|
|Best International Group||Best International Breakthrough Act|
Outstanding Contribution to Music
Geri Halliwell's Union Jack dress
Ginger Spice, Geri Halliwell, wore an infamous Union Jack dress whilst performing onstage with the group. Spicemania was at its height in the UK and the Spice Girls had just cracked the US as well, reaching number 1 with their debut single and album. Geri Halliwell captured the zeitgeist and became pin-up girl for Cool Britannia.
Halliwell was originally going to wear an all-black dress, but she thought it was too boring so her sister sewed on a Union Jack tea-towel, with a 'peace' sign on the back, so as to not offend anyone. It was worn during the Spice Girls' performance of their number one song "Who Do You Think You Are". Later on she sold her dress in a charity auction to Hard Rock Cafe in Las Vegas for a record £41,320, giving Halliwell the Guinness World Record for the most expensive piece of pop star clothing ever sold. The performance won Most Memorable Performance Of 30 Years at the Brit Awards in 2010.
Melanie C and Liam Gallagher
Prior to the ceremony in 1997, Liam Gallagher stated in the British media that he "wasn't going to the Brit Awards because if he bumped into the Spice Girls, he would smack them". In response to this, as the Spice Girls received the award for Best British Video, during their acceptance speech, Sporty Spice, Melanie C, challenged Gallagher by saying "Come and have a go if you think you're hard enough".
- "Iconic Union Jack dress". The Sun (UK). 15 December 2007. Retrieved 11 February 2012.
- Spice Girls form The Guardian. Retrieved 11 February 2012
- "Pop World Records, Music World Records, Record Breaking Achievements". Philbrodieband.com.