Classic Brit Awards

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The Classic Brit Awards
Awarded forExcellence in classical music
CountryUnited Kingdom
Presented byBritish Phonographic Industry
Formerly calledClassical BRIT Awards
First awarded2000
Last awarded2018 (on hiatus)
Television/radio coverage

The Classic BRIT Awards (previously Classical BRIT Awards) are an annual awards ceremony held in the United Kingdom covering aspects of classical and crossover music, and are the equivalent of popular music's Brit Awards. The awards are organised by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) and were inaugurated in 2000 "in recognition of the achievements of classical musicians and the growth of classical music sales in the UK".

The ceremony takes place in the Royal Albert Hall each May. The event combines live performances with specially commissioned awards presented throughout the evening. Since 2011, the ceremony has been known as "Classic BRIT Awards". After a five-year hiatus following the 2013 ceremony, the Classic BRIT Awards returned with a ceremony broadcast from the Royal Albert Hall on 13 June 2018.[1] It was subsequently revealed that the Classic BRIT Awards would become a biennial event, with the next ceremony scheduled to be held in 2020.[2] However, due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on television networks across the globe; the 2020 live ceremony were suspended to a later date due to a ban on large gatherings by the government in March of that year.

Voting for the awards is done by "an academy of industry executives, the media, the British Association of Record Dealers (BARD), members of the Musicians Union, lawyers, promoters, and orchestra leaders," except for "Album of the Year" which is voted for by listeners of Classic FM.



Friday 5 May 2000. Hosted by Sir Trevor McDonald.


Thursday 31 May 2001. Hosted by Katie Derham.


Wednesday 22 May 2002. Hosted by Katie Derham.


Thursday 22 May 2003. Hosted by Katie Derham.


Wednesday 26 May 2004. Hosted by Katie Derham.


Wednesday 25 May 2005. Hosted by Lesley Garrett.


Thursday 4 May 2006. Hosted by Michael Parkinson.


Thursday 3 May 2007. Hosted by Fern Britton.


Thursday 8 May 2008. Hosted by Myleene Klass.


Thursday 14 May 2009. Hosted by Myleene Klass.


Thursday 13 May 2010. Hosted by Myleene Klass.


Thursday 12 May 2011. Hosted by Myleene Klass.


Tuesday 2 October 2012. Hosted by Myleene Klass.


Wednesday 2 October 2013. Hosted by Myleene Klass.


Wednesday 13 June 2018. Hosted by Myleene Klass and Alexander Armstrong


Not held.[3]


  1. ^ Kennedy, Maev (23 March 2018). "Classic Brit awards to make comeback after five-year absence". The Guardian – via
  2. ^ "No Classic BRITs for 2019, event will return in 2020".
  3. ^ Mark Sutherland (6 March 2019). "No Classic BRITs for 2019, event will return in 2020". Music Week. Retrieved 12 April 2023.

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