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2008 Brit Awards

28th Brit Awards
BRIT 2008.jpg
Date20 February 2008
VenueEarls Court
Hosted byOzzy Osbourne, Sharon Osbourne, Kelly Osbourne and Jack Osbourne
Most awardsArctic Monkeys, Foo Fighters and Take That (2)
Most nominationsMika and Take That (4)
Television/radio coverage

The 2008 Brit Awards was the 28th edition of the biggest annual music awards in the United Kingdom. They are run by the British Phonographic Industry and took place on 20 February 2008 at the Earls Court in London. The ceremony attracted 6.1 million viewers, 800,000 more than the previous live broadcast. Leona Lewis was nominated for four awards but came away empty-handed.


Artist Song UK Singles Chart reaction UK Albums Chart reaction
Beth Ditto
"Love Today"
"Standing in the Way of Control"
"Grace Kelly"
88 (re-entry)
57 (+35)
Life in Cartoon Motion – 5 (+4)
"Umbrella" 44 (+3) Good Girl Gone Bad – 10 (+1)
Myths of the Near Future – 79 (re-entry)
Kylie Minogue "Wow" 5 (+13) X – 24 (+14)
Kaiser Chiefs "Ruby" 79 (re-entry) Yours Truly, Angry Mob – 49 (+4)
Employment – 93 (re-entry)
Leona Lewis "Bleeding Love" 33 (+4) Spirit – 23 (+7)
Mark Ronson
Daniel Merriweather
Amy Winehouse
"God Put a Smile upon Your Face"
"Stop Me"
51 (re-entry)
13 (+9)
Version – 4 (+18)
Amy Winehouse "Love Is a Losing Game" N/A Back to Black – 12 (+4)
Frank – 27 (+5)
Sir Paul McCartney "Dance Tonight"
"Live and Let Die"
"Hey Jude"
"Lady Madonna"
"Get Back"

Winners and nominees

British Album of the Year
(presented by Vic Reeves)
British Single of the Year
(presented by Alan Carr)
British Male Solo Artist
(presented by Beth Ditto)
British Female Solo Artist
(presented by James Nesbitt)
British Group
(presented by Ian McKellen)
British Breakthrough Act
(presented by Jonathan Rhys Myers)
British Live Act
(presented by Chris Moyles)
Critics' Choice Award
(presented by Will Young)
International Male Solo Artist
(presented by Kelly Rowland)
International Female Solo Artist
(presented by David Tennant)
International Group
(presented by Denise van Outen and Andrew Lloyd Webber)
International Album
(presented by Michelle Ryan)

Outstanding Contribution to Music

Multiple nominations and awards

Two-time winner Foo Fighters
Artists that received multiple awards
Awards Artist
Arctic Monkeys
Foo Fighters
Take That

Memorable moments

Vic Reeves and Sharon Osbourne

After Vic Reeves appeared to forget which award he was presenting, Sharon Osbourne attempted to wrestle the microphone from him, insisted he was drunk and called him a "pissed bastard". She proceeded to make the full announcement herself. The next day it was reported that Reeves was not intoxicated and was hurt by Osbourne's behaviour.[1][2] The incident has since been ascribed to an autocue malfunction, but Reeves said in his defence that he was trying to read the autocue screen, but he couldn't read it because Osbourne was pushing him out of the way.

Arctic Monkeys

When the Arctic Monkeys took to the stage to collect their award for 'Best British Album', the band were dressed up in traditional English country and hunting outfits and even took a plastic duck to the stage with them. During the acceptance speech, they made a rude tirade about the Brits school which forced producers to pull it from the television broadcast.[3]


  1. ^ "Reeves upset by Osbourne Brits rant". Digital Spy. 21 February 2008.
  2. ^ Sharon's Outburst at Vic Reeves
  3. ^ Natalie Evans (22 February 2012). "The top 10 controversial Brits moments: Wardrobe malfunctions, stage invasions and a bucket of iced water – Mirror Online". Daily Mirror.

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