1997 Brit Awards

17th Brit Awards
Date 24 February 1997
Venue Earls Court
Hosted by Ben Elton
Most awards Manic Street Preachers and Spice Girls

The 1997 Brit Awards were the 17th edition of the biggest annual pop music awards in the United Kingdom. They are run by the British Phonographic Industry and took place on 24 February 1997 at Earls Court Exhibition Centre in London.

Live performers

The awards

MasterCard British Album Best British Single
Best British Video Best Soundtrack
Best British Male Best British Female
Best British Group Best British Breakthrough Act
Best British Dance Act Best British Producer
Best International Male Best International Female
Best International Group Best International Breakthrough Act

Outstanding Contribution to Music

Notable moments

Geri Halliwell's Union Jack dress and wardrobe malfunction

Ginger Spice, Geri Halliwell, wore an infamous Union Jack dress whilst performing onstage with the group.[1][2] Spicemania was at its height in the UK and the Spice Girls had just cracked the US as well, reaching number 1 with their debut single and album. Geri Halliwell captured the zeitgeist and became pin-up girl for Cool Britannia.

Halliwell was originally going to wear an all-black dress, but she thought it was too boring so her sister sewed on a Union Jack tea-towel, with a 'peace' sign on the back, so as to not offend anyone. It was worn during the Spice Girls' performance of their number one song "Who Do You Think You Are". Later on she sold her dress in a charity auction to Hard Rock Cafe in Las Vegas for a record £41,320, giving Halliwell the Guinness World Record for the most expensive piece of pop star clothing ever sold.[3] The performance won Most Memorable Performance Of 30 Years at the Brit Awards in 2010.

As well her famous Union Jack dress; Geri Halliwell wore a lengthy cut top red dress during the show. When walking up to the stage to collect their award; Geri Halliwell's right breast slipped out from her dress in front of cameras and host Ben Elton.

Melanie C and Liam Gallagher

Prior to the ceremony in 1997, Oasis member Liam Gallagher stated in the British media that he wasn't going to the Brit Awards because if he bumped into the Spice Girls, he would smack them. In response to this, as the Spice Girls received the award for Best British Video, during their acceptance speech, Sporty Spice challenged Gallagher by saying "Come and have a go if you think you're hard enough".


  1. "Iconic Union Jack dress". The Sun. UK. 15 December 2007. Retrieved 11 February 2012.
  2. Spice Girls form The Guardian. Retrieved 11 February 2012
  3. "Pop World Records, Music World Records, Record Breaking Achievements". Philbrodieband.com.

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