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The 1996 Brit Awards were the 16th edition of the biggest annual pop music awards in the United Kingdom. They are run by the British Phonographic Industry and took place on 19 February 1996 at Earls Court Exhibition Centre in London.

16th Brit Awards
1996 BRIT Awards.jpg
Date19 February 1996
VenueEarls Court
Hosted byChris Evans
Television/radio coverage



Winners and nomineesEdit

British Album of the Year British Producer of the Year
British Single of the Year British Video of the Year
British Male Solo Artist British Female Solo Artist
British Group British Breakthrough Act
British Dance Act Soundtrack/Cast Recording
International Male Solo Artist International Female Solo Artist
International Group International Breakthrough Act

Outstanding Contribution to MusicEdit

Freddie Mercury AwardEdit

Artist of a GenerationEdit

Notable momentsEdit

Michael Jackson and Jarvis CockerEdit

Michael Jackson was given a special Artist of a Generation award. At the ceremony he accompanied his single "Earth Song" with a stage show, culminating with Jackson as a 'Christ-like figure' surrounded by children. Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker mounted the stage in what he would later claim as protest at this portion of the performance. Cocker ran across the stage, lifting his shirt and pointing his (clothed) bottom in Jackson's direction. Cocker was subsequently questioned by the police on suspicion of causing injury towards three of the children in Jackson's performance, who were now on stage. No criminal proceedings followed. This was Jackson's penultimate performance in the UK before his death in 2009 - the final performance being at Wembley Stadium in 1997.

Oasis and BlurEdit

1996 saw the height of a well-documented feud between Britpop rivals Oasis and Blur. The differing styles of the bands, coupled with their prominence within the Britpop movement, led the British media to seize upon the rivalry between the bands. Both factions played along, with the Gallaghers taunting Blur at the ceremony by singing a rendition of "Parklife" when they collected their "Best British Band" award.


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