2000 Brit Awards

20th Brit Awards
Date 3 March 2000
Venue Earls Court
Hosted by Davina McCall
Most awards Macy Gray, Robbie Williams and Travis

The 2000 Brit Awards were the 20th edition of the biggest annual pop music awards in the United Kingdom. They are run by the British Phonographic Industry and took place on 3 March 2000 at Earls Court in London.


Artist(s) Song(s)
Basement Jaxx "Bingo Bango"
"We Will Rock You"
Geri Halliwell "Bag It Up"
Macy Gray "I Try"
Ricky Martin "Livin' la Vida Loca"
"The Cup of Life"
Spice Girls "Spice Up Your Life"
"Say You'll Be There"
Tom Jones
"Mama Told Me Not to Come"
Travis "Why Does It Always Rain on Me?"
Will Smith "Will 2K"

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 Pop Act
Best International Male Best International Female
Best International Group Best International Breakthrough Act

Biggest Selling Live Act of 1999

Outstanding Contribution to Music

Notable moments

Robbie Williams and Liam Gallagher

Around the time of his departure from Take That, Robbie Williams had begun a friendship with the Gallagher brothers from Oasis at the Glastonbury Festival. However, it was short-lived and the two parties regularly traded insults in the press with Noel Gallagher referring to Williams as "the fat dancer from Take That". Having won Best British Single and Best Video for "She's the One", Williams challenged Liam Gallagher to a televised fight, saying: "So, anybody like to see me fight Liam? Would you pay to come and see it? Liam, a hundred grand of your money and a hundred grand of my money. We'll get in a ring and we'll have a fight and you can all watch it on TV, what d'you think about that?". Liam Gallagher was not in the country at the time.

Ronnie Wood and Brandon Block

Dance DJ Brandon Block was told by his friends that he had won an award and had been summoned to the stage to collect it. Because of his advanced state of intoxication he believed them and walked on to the stage, eventually ending up next to a bemused Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood and actress Thora Birch, who were about to present the award for Best Soundtrack Album. After Block was removed from the stage by security, Wood aimed an insult in his direction, at which Block broke free to square up to the guitarist. A series of insults were then traded between the two, both of which were audible through the stage microphone, causing claims that the whole event may have been staged. Wood then threw his drink into Block's face, and the DJ was ejected from the event. Some time after the incident, Block claimed that he had subsequently apologised to Wood for his behaviour, and Wood had merely brushed it off.

Geri Halliwell and The Spice Girls

The Spice Girls were set to receive the Outstanding Contribution award at the 2000 Brit awards, reportedly to mark their dominance of the music scene in the past decade. There was much media speculation before and even during the event as to whether or not former Ginger Spice, Geri Halliwell would accept the award with the four remaining members of the group.[1] On the night, however, Halliwell declined to join her former band mates and instead ensured front page coverage the following day by performing her solo number 1 single "Bag It Up" straddling a pole between a pair of giant inflatable legs. Near the end of the awards, the Spice Girls performed "Spice Up Your Life", an acapella version of "Say You'll Be There", future single "Holler", and "Goodbye". When the group accepted their award for "Outstanding Contribution To Music", they thanked Geri Halliwell for the award.


  1. Gibbons, Fiachra (4 March 2010). "Spice whirl casts shadow over Brit awards". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 2010-04-27.
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