Brit Awards 2015

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Brit Awards 2015
Date25 February 2015
VenueThe O2 Arena
Hosted byAnt & Dec
Most awards
Most nominationsSam Smith (6)
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Television/radio coverage
Viewership5.8 million[1]
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Brit Awards 2015 was held on 25 February 2015. This was the 35th edition of the British Phonographic Industry's annual pop music awards. The awards ceremony was held at The O2 Arena in London, presented by Ant & Dec. This was their second time hosting, and their first since 2001.[2] Award nominations were revealed on 15 January 2015.[3] Tracey Emin became the fifth artist to style the BRITs statue.[4]


The Brits Are Coming: Nominations Launch Party[edit]

Reggie Yates hosted the launch show inside the ITV Studios in London on Thursday 15 January.

Artist(s)[5] Song(s) UK Singles Chart reaction
Jessie Ware "You and I (Forever)" N/A
Clean Bandit
Jess Glynne
"Real Love"
"Rather Be"
12 (–1)
39 (–9)
FKA Twigs "Hide"
James Bay "Let It Go" N/A

Main show performances[edit]

The first three performers were announced for the 2015 Brit Awards on 16 December 2014.[6][7][8][9]

Artist Song UK Singles Chart reaction[10][11] UK Albums Chart reaction[11][12]
Taylor Swift "Blank Space" 29 (+/–) 1989 – 5 (+3)
Sam Smith "Lay Me Down" 15 (+73) In the Lonely Hour – 1 (+1)
Royal Blood "Figure It Out" 43 (re-entry) Royal Blood – 3 (+15)
Ed Sheeran "Bloodstream" 35 (re-entry) x – 2 (+1)
+ – 25 (+21)
Kanye West featuring Theophilus London and Allan Kingdom "All Day" 18 (debut) N/A
Take That "Let in the Sun" did not chart III – 18 (+3)
George Ezra "Budapest" 18 (+12) Wanted on Voyage – 4 (+2)
Paloma Faith "Only Love Can Hurt Like This" 32 (re-entry) A Perfect Contradiction – 8 (+25)
Madonna "Living for Love" 26 (debut) Celebration – 38 (re-entry)

Winners and nominees[edit]

British Album of the Year
(presented by Russell Crowe)
British Producer of the Year
British Single of the Year
(presented by Lisa Snowdon and Lionel Richie)
British Video of the Year
(presented by Jimmy Carr and Karlie Kloss)


British Male Solo Artist
(presented by Orlando Bloom and Rita Ora)
British Female Solo Artist
(presented by Mark Ronson)
British Group
(presented by Jimmy Page)
British Breakthrough Act
(presented by Fearne Cotton and Charli XCX)
International Male Solo Artist
(presented by Cara Delevingne)
International Female Solo Artist
(presented by Lewis Hamilton and Ellie Goulding)
International Group
(presented by John Bishop)
Critics' Choice Award

Global Success Award[edit]

Multiple nominations and awards[edit]

Two-time winner Ed Sheeran
Artists that received multiple awards
Awards Artist
2 Ed Sheeran

Notable moments[edit]

Kanye West performance[edit]

Kanye West was confirmed to perform just the day before the awards took place.[13] He performed his song "All Day" amongst a large entourage including grime musicians Skepta, Stormzy, Krept and Konan, Jammer and Novelist. The entourage held flamethrowers and wore all black. However, his performance was repeatedly muted throughout most of the track for those watching on television due to the extreme explicit language featured within the song's lyrics, with the use of "nigga" being repeatedly rapped live on ITV.[14] The performance drew mixed reactions from the crowd, with presenters Ant & Dec joking about it afterwards, and divided opinions on social media; some criticising West's performance and some criticising how ITV dealt with the issue.[15]

Madonna incident[edit]

Madonna was the last to perform on the night, singing a version of her song "Living for Love" to close the show and mark her first Brits performance in 20 years.[16] Shortly into her performance, a problem with her costume caused her to be pulled down a flight of stairs that made up part of the stage.[17]

She later took to Instagram to confirm that she was uninjured, posting "Thanks for the good wishes! I'm fine".[18] It was later revealed that her cape was tied too tightly when her dancers attempted to remove it from her neck, causing her to crash to the floor and leaving the audience in shock.[19] After several seconds, she continued the performance as planned.[20]

Brit Awards 2015 album[edit]

Brit Awards 2015
Compilation album / Box set by
Various artists
Released13 February 2015
Various artists chronology
Brit Awards 2014
''Brit Awards 2015''
Brit Awards 2016

The Brit Awards 2015 is a compilation and box set which includes the "63 biggest tracks from the past year". The box set has three discs with a total of sixty-three songs by various artists.

Track listing[edit]

CD 1[edit]

CD 2[edit]

CD 3[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (2015) Peak
Irish Multi-Artist Compilations[21] 5
UK Compilations[22] 2

Ratings and critical reception[edit]

An average of 5.3 million people tuned in to the ceremony on ITV, according to overnight ratings – rising to 5.8 million when ITV+1 viewers are added in.


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  16. ^ "Madonna to perform at 2015 Brit awards". The Guardian. 3 February 2015. Retrieved 26 February 2015.
  17. ^ "Ikon London Magazine coverage of Brit Awards 2015". Ikon London Magazine. 28 February 2015. Retrieved 3 March 2018.
  18. ^ "Brit Awards 2015: Madonna falls off stage". BBC News. 25 February 2015. Retrieved 26 February 2015.
  19. ^ "Madonna falls off stage at the Brit Awards". Daily Telegraph. 25 February 2015. Archived from the original on 26 February 2015. Retrieved 26 February 2015.
  20. ^ "Madonna Takes a Major Onstage Tumble at the BRIT Awards". Yahoo!. 25 February 2015. Retrieved 26 February 2015.
  21. ^ "Top 30 Multi-Artist Compilation Album, week ending 26 February 2015". GfK Chart-Track. Archived from the original on 1 December 2017. Retrieved 30 November 2017.
  22. ^ "Official Compilations Chart – 1 March 2015". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 30 November 2017.

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