Brit Awards 1989

Brit Awards 1989 was the 9th edition of the Brit Awards, an annual pop music awards ceremony in the United Kingdom. It was organised by the British Phonographic Industry and took place on 13 February 1989 at Royal Albert Hall in London. This year marked the first presentation of the International Female Solo Artist and International Male Solo Artist awards.

Brit Awards 1989
Date13 February 1989
VenueRoyal Albert Hall
Hosted byMick Fleetwood and Samantha Fox
Most awardsFairground Attraction, Michael Jackson and Tracy Chapman (2)
Most nominationsThe Christians, Enya, Fairground Attraction, Michael Jackson, Pet Shop Boys, Robert Palmer, Steve Winwood, Tanita Tikaram, Tracy Chapman and Wet Wet Wet (2)
Television/radio coverage

The awards ceremony, hosted by Mick Fleetwood and Samantha Fox, was televised live by the BBC.[1] The hosting was criticised for being poorly coordinated, with missed cues and incorrect introductions;[2] the teleprompter did not work properly,[3] and in 2010, Fox claimed that there had been multiple errors in the information given to the hosts on the night.[4] The event organisers did not play a pre-recorded message from Michael Jackson, and the audience booed the government minister Kenneth Baker.[2]

After the 1989 event, the awarding committee decided to have the Brit Awards recorded and broadcast on television the following night, to be able to edit out errors and unwanted happenings on the stage. The awards ceremony was not broadcast live again until the 2007 Brit Awards.[5]


Winners and nomineesEdit

British Album of the Year Lifetime Achievement
British Single of the Year British Video of the Year
British Male Solo Artist British Female Solo Artist
British Group British Breakthrough Act
International Male Solo Artist International Female Solo Artist
International Group International Breakthrough Act
Classical Recording Soundtrack/Cast Recording

Multiple nominations and awardsEdit

The following artists received multiple awards and/or nominations.

Artists that received multiple awards
Awards Artist
2 Fairground Attraction
Michael Jackson
Tracy Chapman


  1. ^ "The Brits 89". 9 February 1989. p. 42 – via BBC Genome.
  2. ^ a b "Bad behaviour at the Brit Awards". BBC News. 14 February 2007. Retrieved 13 July 2022 – via
  3. ^ Peplow, Gemma; Daukes, Dan (11 May 2021). "Brit Awards 2021: From Geri to Jarvis - the biggest moments in show's history". Sky News. Retrieved 13 July 2022.
  4. ^ Fox, Sam (16 February 2010). "Sam Fox: 'I wanted the floor to swallow me up'". The Guardian. Retrieved 13 July 2022.
  5. ^ "2007 Brits to be broadcast live". BBC News. 21 August 2006. Retrieved 13 July 2022 – via

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