This page gives access to complete listings of The Brit Awards, every Million-Seller in chart history, polls to find the all-time Best Ever singles, a full list of Eurovision entries and winners, every nominee/winner of The Mercury Music Prize, and a full historical listing of the Q Awards and Mobos.
The Brit Awards
The first Brit ceremony was held at Wembley Conference Centre in 1977 as The British music industry's was of celebrating The Queen's silver jubilee. The show honoured the best popular music of the previous 25 years and was a huge hit.
Five years down the line, and with very fond memories of the '77 event, it was decided to hold an industry-only event at London's Grovesnor Hotel. The 1982 Brits were so successful that it was decided to make it an annual occurrence. It has grown with every passing year into a bigger and more impressive spectacle; the highlight of the British music industry's year.
Most awards are decided, from a shortlist of nominees, by an academy of over 1000 members of the British music industry. Record companies, retailers, producers and DJs are amongst the diverse bunch responsible for the decisions. Increasingly, some awards have been opened up to public voting. Click Here
This is an elite, and yet truly bizarre club. Since the inception of the British singles chart in 1952, fewer than one hundred records have broken the 1 million sales barrier. By rights, one would expect this to be the ultimate guide to quality compositions. But a cursory glimpse will soon put you right on this score!
Of course there are works of musical genius here. But, equally, there are those tracks which, at best, served to capture a moment in history and others which were no more than cringe-making novelties.
The most striking feature of the list is the total absence of million-sellers in the late 80s. This was a dark era for the single in Britain and many predicted its demise. It took Bryan Adams to put them right! Click Here
All Time 'Best Ever' Singles
Sales aren't everything. A record which sells in the millions may do so on novelty / seasonal / good-cause value. So what are the best tracks in terms of quality of composition? National radio stations/publications occasionally run 'Top 100 best ever' polls. We've gathered the six most recent and combined them. This helps smooth out idiosyncrasies caused by the particular demographic of the station / magazine. Totally subjective of course, but is this the definitive list of the all-time Top 100 best-ever tracks?
Eurovision Song Contest
The Eurovision Song Contest was first staged in Switzerland in 1956. It grew out of the Italian San Remo Song Festival. The competition is open to members of the Europen Broadcasting Union.
Ireland has won most often with seven victories to the UK's five. But the UK has finished second an astonishing 15 times!
There's no restriction on the nationality of performers, as American-born Katrina Leskanich proved in 1997 (Katrina and The Waves). Another recent UK foreigner was Ozzie Gina G and Greek icon Nana Mouskouri represented Luxembourg in 1963.
The contest was originally judged by a panel from each participating nation. Recently telephone polls in each country have opened up the voting to the public at large. Click Here
The Mercury Prize
The annual Mercury Prize (originally the Mercury Music Prize) aims to celebrate the best in British music. The Prize is open to all types of music including pop, rock, dance, folk, jazz and contemporary classical.
An independent panel of judges selects the 12 (10 in the early years) 'Albums of the Year' and then meets again on the night of the Mercury Show in September, to choose the overall Winner of the Prize. The music on the album is the only thing the judges discuss.
Since 1997, the Mercury Prize has been the UK's number one arts prize in terms of media coverage.
In this section, each year's winner is at he head of the list. The other nominees are given in alphabetical order. Click Here
The Q Awards
An annual poll of the readers of Q Magazine, this particular set of awards has captured attention following a number of volatile acceptance ceremonies. The first was held at Ronnie Scott's Club, London in 1990. Here is an list of every winner since from the first ceremony til the most recent. Click Here
The Mobo awards were first held at the Connaught Rooms , London in 1996. Prime Minister Tony Blair launched the event which was to celebrate "Music of Black Origin". The definition has changed a little as the awards now encompass "all types of music from urban culture". The winners of each category are listed for every year. Click Here
UK Music Hall Of Fame
Members of this elite group are selected by an expert panel and public votes. Click Here