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The 2012 Brit Awards were held on 21 February 2012. This was the 32nd edition of the British Phonographic Industry's annual pop music awards. The award ceremony was held at The O2 Arena in London for the second time. The ceremony was presented by James Corden.[2] Leading the nominations was Ed Sheeran with four, followed by Adele and Jessie J with three, whilst Bon Iver, Aloe Blacc, Coldplay and Florence and the Machine all had two.[3][4]

32nd Brit Awards
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Date21 February 2012
VenueThe O2 Arena
Hosted byJames Corden
Most awardsAdele and Ed Sheeran (2)
Most nominationsEd Sheeran (4)
Television/radio coverage
Viewership6.2 million[1]

Amy Winehouse and Whitney Houston received remembrance tributes due to their deaths in July 2011 and February 2012, respectively.[3][4][5] Adele picked up two awards for Best British Album and British Female, whilst Sheeran also won two awards for Best British Male and British Breakthrough.[6] Blur received an award for Outstanding Contribution to Music, the last time the award was given before the category was discontinued. The last present year in International Breakthrough Act. The statue was designed by Peter Blake.



Artist(s) Song(s) UK Singles Chart reaction UK Albums Chart reaction
Coldplay "Charlie Brown" 30 (+85) Mylo Xyloto – 6 (+5)
Florence and the Machine "No Light, No Light" 50 Ceremonials – 9 (+14)
Lungs – 34 (+22)
Olly Murs
Rizzle Kicks
"Heart Skips a Beat" N/A In Case You Didn't Know – 16 (+1)
Olly Murs – 53 (–8)

Stereo Typical – 23 (–5)

Ed Sheeran "Lego House" 17 (+20) + – 3 (+2)
Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds
Chris Martin
"AKA... What a Life!" N/A Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds – 12 (+4)
Adele "Rolling in the Deep" 28 (+11) 21 – 1 (+2)
19 – 7 (+2)
Bruno Mars "Just the Way You Are" Did not chart Doo-Wops & Hooligans – 11 (+4)
Rihanna "We Found Love" 22 (+12) Talk That Talk – 18 (+9)
Loud – 26 (+2)
Phil Daniels
"Girls & Boys"
"Song 2"
"This Is a Low"
Did not chart
Did not chart
Did not chart
Blur: The Best Of – 22 (re-entry)

Winners and nomineesEdit

British Album of the Year
(presented by George Michael)
British Producer of the Year
(presented by Laura Marling)
British Single of the Year
(presented by Tinie Tempah)
Critics' Choice Award
(presented by James Corden and Jessie J)
British Male Solo Artist
(presented by Plan B)
British Female Solo Artist
(presented by Kylie Minogue)
British Group
(presented by Jo Whiley and Huey Morgan)
British Breakthrough Act
(presented by Cesc Fàbregas and Nicole Scherzinger)
International Male Solo Artist
(presented by Jessie J and Jack Whitehall)
International Female Solo Artist
(presented by Jenson Button)
International Group
(presented by Brian May and Roger Taylor)
International Breakthrough Act
(presented by and Rob Brydon)

Outstanding Contribution to MusicEdit

Multiple nominations and awardsEdit

Two-time winner Ed Sheeran as most nominations and awards
Artists that received multiple nominations
Nominations Artist
4 Ed Sheeran
Jessie J
Aloe Blacc
Bon Iver
Emeli Sandé
Florence and the Machine
Artists that received multiple awards
Awards Artist
Ed Sheeran

Acceptance speech controversyEdit

Adele and BlurEdit

Adele was cut short by host James Corden during her acceptance speech for the MasterCard British Album of the Year award, causing her to 'give the finger' on national television.[7] Adele stated that the gesture was aimed at "the suits", not her fans. ITV offered its apologies to the show as an ITV spokesman said:

Corden was also upset by the occurrence, stating afterwards:

Due to the over-running, Blur's set was also cut off, prior to their performance of "Tender".

Emeli SandéEdit

There was more controversy later on in the show when Emeli Sandé wasn't allowed to give a speech after winning the Critic's Choice Award. Sandé was said to be distressed by the bosses of the show and also angry after Adele got an apology for being cut off, whereas she did not. During the presentation of the award, previous winner Jessie J was asked to give her advice on her career instead of Sandé giving a speech. A friend of Sandé's said to the Daily Record:

An ITV spokesman later gave Sandé apologies and said:


  1. ^ 6.2 million viewers watch The Brit Awards on ITV1 - 22 Feb 2012
  2. ^ Jonze, Tim (21 February 2012). "Brit Awards 2012 Live Coverage". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 27 February 2012.
  3. ^ a b Adele, Coldplay Lead BRIT Award Nominations one direction Rolling Stone. Retrieved 4 February 2012
  4. ^ a b The BRIT Awards 2012 nominees Archived 28 November 2015 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved 4 February 2012
  5. ^ Hogan, Michael (21 February 2012). "Brit Awards 2012: as it happened". The Daily Telegraph. London. Retrieved 27 February 2012.
  6. ^ "Adele cut short amid triumph". BBC News. 21 February 2012. Retrieved 27 February 2012.
  7. ^ "Brit awards 2012: James Corden 'furious' at stopping Adele mid-flow". Daily Telegraph. London. 21 February 2012. Retrieved 27 February 2012.

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