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The 2001 Brit Awards were the 21st edition of the biggest annual pop music awards in the United Kingdom. They are run by the British Phonographic Industry and took place on 26 February 2001 at Earls Court in London.[1][2]

21st Brit Awards
Date 26 February 2001
Venue Earls Court
Hosted by Ant & Dec
Most awards Robbie Williams (3)



Winners and nomineesEdit

British Album of the Year Soundtrack/Cast Recording
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 British Pop Act
International Male Solo Artist International Female Solo Artist
International Group International Breakthrough Act

Outstanding Contribution to MusicEdit

Noel Gallagher and A1Edit

During the ceremony, boy band A1 picked up the 'Award for Best Newcomer'. At the end of the night, Oasis Guitarist Noel Gallagher walked onto stage to present U2 with their 'Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music'. As Gallagher took the microphone at the start of his presenting speech, he said "This award ceremony over the years has been accused of not having a sense of humour, but when you see A1 winning best newcomer, you know that someone's taking the piss somewhere". A1 were apparently offended, and in April 2001 they performed a cover version of the Oasis song "Don't Look Back in Anger" in a mocking way, live using instruments, and not a backing track, as Gallagher had also called the band "manufactured".[3]


  1. ^ "Brits 2001: The nominations". BBC News. 15 January 2001. Archived from the original on 6 October 2017. Retrieved 21 September 2018.
  2. ^ "Robbie Wins Big, David Comes Up Empty At Brit Awards". Billboard. 27 February 2001. Archived from the original on 10 July 2018. Retrieved 21 September 2018.
  3. ^ "A1 TAKE ON NOEL". NME. 22 April 2001. Retrieved 22 April 2001.