Brit Award for International Female Solo Artist

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Brit Award for International Female Solo Artist
2021 Winner Billie Eilish
Awarded forAchievement in Excellent International Female Solo Artist
CountryUnited Kingdom (UK)
Presented byBritish Phonographic Industry (BPI)
First awarded1989
Last awarded2021
Currently held byBillie Eilish (2021)
Most awardsBjörk (4)
Most nominationsBjörk (9)

The Brit Award for International Female Solo Artist is an 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 winners and nominees 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 1989 as International Female Solo Artist. The accolade was not handed out at the 1990, 1992 and 1993 ceremonies, with the award for International Solo Artist (given to a male or female artist) being awarded instead.[4][5] The award for International Female Solo Artist was reinstated in 1994, and has been given ever since.[6]

Björk is the artist with the most wins and nominations in the category, with four awards won out of nine nominations. Artists from the United States have won the accolade eleven times, more than any other country.

Winners and nominees[edit]

Björk holds both records for most wins and nominations in the category.
Tracy Chapman was the first recipient of the award in 1989.
Two-time winner and eight-time nominee Kylie Minogue
Two-time winner and five-time nominee Madonna.
Rihanna is one of only two artists to win the award in consecutive years.
2013 recipient Lana Del Rey.
Two-time winner and six-time nominee Beyoncé
Two-time winner Lorde (2014,[7] 2018[8])
Four-time nominee and 2015 winner Taylor Swift
Billie Eilish was the last artist to win the award consecutively.
Year Recipient Nominees
1989 Tracy Chapman
1990 Not Awarded
1991 Sinéad O'Connor
1992 Not Awarded
1994 Björk
1995 k.d. lang
1996 Björk
1997 Sheryl Crow
1998 Björk
1999 Natalie Imbruglia
2000 Macy Gray
2001 Madonna
2002 Kylie Minogue
2003 Pink
2004 Beyoncé
2005 Gwen Stefani
2006 Madonna
2007 Nelly Furtado
2008 Kylie Minogue
2009 Katy Perry
2010 Lady Gaga
2011 Rihanna
2012 Rihanna
2013 Lana Del Rey[9]
2014 Lorde[10]
2015 Taylor Swift[11]
2016 Björk[12]
2017 Beyoncé
2018 Lorde
2019 Ariana Grande
2020 Billie Eilish
2021 Billie Eilish

Artists with multiple wins[edit]

Artists that received multiple awards
Awards Artist
4 Björk
2 Beyoncé
Billie Eilish
Kylie Minogue

Artists with multiple nominations[edit]

9 nominations
8 nominations
6 nominations
5 nominations
4 nominations
3 nominations
2 nominations

See also[edit]



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  3. ^ "And the nominees are..." British Phonographic Industry (BPI). Retrieved 22 February 2014.
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  5. ^ "1993 Brit Awards". British Phonographic Industry (BPI). Retrieved 3 March 2014.
  6. ^ Rogers, Simon (12 February 2012). "Brit awards winners list 2012: every winner since 1977". The Guardian. Guardian Media Group. Retrieved 3 March 2014.
  7. ^ "Brit Awards 2014: the nominations in full". The Independent. Retrieved 10 January 2014.
  8. ^ "BRIT Award 2018 nominations: Ed Sheeran, Stormzy, Paloma Faith, Dua Lipa and Little Mix among hopefuls". The Independent. 13 January 2018. Retrieved 13 January 2018.
  9. ^ "BRIT Awards 2013: Lana Del Rey Wins International Female Solo Act". Capital. February 20, 2013. Retrieved April 9, 2014.
  10. ^ Mokoena, Tshepo (19 February 2014). "Lorde wins international female solo artist award at 2014 Brits". The Guardian. Retrieved 19 February 2014.
  11. ^ "BRIT Awards 2015 Winners List - Full List Of This Year's Awards". Capital (Global Radio). 26 February 2015. Retrieved 14 September 2016.
  12. ^ Billboard Staff (January 14, 2016). "Adele, James Bay, Years & Years Lead Brit Awards 2016 Nominations". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved January 14, 2016.