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Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music

The Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music is the Lifetime Achievement award given by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI), an organisation which represents record companies and artists in the United Kingdom.[1] The accolade is presented at the Brit Awards, an annual celebration of British and international music.[2] The honourees are determined by the Brit Awards voting academy with over one-thousand members, which comprise record labels, publishers, managers, agents, media, and previous winners and nominees.[3] The award was first presented in 1977 and was subsequently awarded annually from 1982 to 2010. The award has since been presented intermittently as the BRIT's Icon Award, with the original name being re-instated at the 2019 Brit Awards ceremony.[4] Since 2000, the Classic BRIT Awards have also annually presented their own Outstanding Contribution to Music Award.[5]

Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music
Awarded forAchievement in excellence in music
CountryUnited Kingdom (UK)
Presented byBritish Phonographic Industry (BPI)
First awarded1977
Last awarded2019
Currently held byPink (2019) (contemporary)
Vera Lynn (2018) (classic)
Most awardsPaul McCartney and John Lennon (3)
Websitewww.brits.co.uk

Paul McCartney and John Lennon are the artists with the most wins with three awards. Pink is the first female solo artist and the first international artist to receive the BRIT award while Cecilia Bartoli and Andrea Bocelli are the first female soloist and international artist respectively to receive the Classic BRIT Award.

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Contemporary winnersEdit

Classic winnersEdit

 
Inaugural winner Nigel Kennedy
 
Composer John Williams received the award in 2012
Year Recipient
2000 Nigel Kennedy
2001 Simon Rattle
2002 Andrea Bocelli
2003 Cecilia Bartoli
2004 Renée Fleming
2005 James Galway
2006 Placido Domingo
2007 Vernon Handley
2008 Andrew Lloyd Webber
2009 José Carreras
2010 Kiri Te Kanawa
2011 John Barry
2012 John Williams
2013 Hans Zimmer
2014 Luciano Pavarotti
2018 Vera Lynn

Artists with multiple winsEdit

  • The Beatles have received the award twice (1977 and 1983)
  • John Lennon has received the award three times (1977 and 1983 as a member of The Beatles and 1982 as a solo artist)
  • Bob Geldof has received the award twice (1985 and 2005)
  • Elton John has received the award three times (1986 and 1995 for Outstanding Contribution and 2014 as a BRIT's Icon)
  • Freddie Mercury has received the award twice (1990 as a member of Queen and 1992 as a solo artist)
  • Paul McCartney has received the award three times (1977 and 1983 as a member of The Beatles and 2008 as a solo artist)
  • David Bowie has received the award twice (1996 for Outstanding Contribution and 2016 as a BRIT's Icon)
  • Robbie Williams has received the award twice (2010 for Outstanding Contribution and 2017 as a BRIT's Icon)

ReferencesEdit

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  10. ^ "Duran Duran win Outstanding Contribution presented by Justin Timberlake - 2004". YouTube. 12 September 2012. Retrieved 30 April 2019.
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  14. ^ Nicole Martin (21 February 2008). "Outstanding Brit award lifts Sir Paul McCartney". Telegraph.co.uk. Retrieved 30 April 2019.
  15. ^ "Pet Shop Boys accept Outstanding Contribution To Music award at BRITs". Nme.com. 18 February 2009. Retrieved 30 April 2019.
  16. ^ "Robbie Williams for 'Outstanding Contribution To Music' BRIT". Nme.com. 23 October 2009. Retrieved 30 April 2019.
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