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The 1990 Brit Awards were the 10th edition of the biggest annual pop music awards in the United Kingdom. They are run by the British Phonographic Industry and took place on 18 February 1990. The ceremony was held at the Dominion Theatre in London for the first time, having previously been held at the Royal Albert Hall, and was hosted by Cathy McGowan.

10th Brit Awards
Date18 February 1990
VenueDominion Theatre
Hosted byCathy McGowan
Most awardsFine Young Cannibals, Neneh Cherry and Phil Collins (2)
Most nominationsLisa Stansfield and Soul II Soul (4)
Television/radio coverage



Winners and nomineesEdit

British Album of the Year
(presented by Liza Minnelli)
British Producer of the Year
British Single of the Year
(presented by Simon Mayo)
British Video of the Year
(presented by Bobby Brown)
British Male Solo Artist
(presented by Kim Wilde)
British Female Solo Artist
(presented by Rod Stewart)
British Group
(presented by Bruce Dickinson)
British Breakthrough Act
Outstanding Contribution to Music
(presented by Terry Ellis)
International Solo Artist
(presented by Adam Ant)
International Group
(presented by Ray Davies)
International Breakthrough Act
Classical Recording Soundtrack/Cast Recording

Multiple nominations and awardsEdit

The following artists received multiple awards and/or nominations. don't counting Outstanding Contribution to Music.

Two-time winner Neneh Cherry
Artists that received multiple awards
Awards Artist
2 Fine Young Cannibals
Neneh Cherry
Phil Collins

Notable momentsEdit

Freddie MercuryEdit

The 1990 awards ceremony saw the last public appearance of Queen frontman Freddie Mercury.[1] Queen appeared at the ceremony to receive the Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution to British Music.[1][2] Mercury (who had been suffering from AIDS since 1987 but had not disclosed it to the public) did not make a speech, as Brian May did the talking on behalf of the other members, but his gaunt appearance was noticeable. He briefly thanks the public and wishes them goodnight before Queen leave the stage. Mercury died in November 1991 from complications resulting from AIDS.[3]


  1. ^ a b "The Highs and Lows of the Brit Awards". BBC News. Retrieved 10 March 2018.
  2. ^ Queen, Freddie Mercury, Roger Taylor, Brian May, BRITS 1990 Archived 18 January 2014 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved 28 April 2011.
  3. ^ "Adam Lambert: Freddie Mercury Would Be An 'Open Book' About Sexuality In 2018". On Top. 1 March 2018. Retrieved 10 March 2018.

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