2012 Brit Awards

32nd Brit Awards
Date 21 February 2012
Venue The O2
Hosted by James Corden
Most awards Adele and Ed Sheeran
Television/Radio coverage
Network ITV

The 2012 Brit Awards were held on 21 February 2012. This was the 32nd edition of the British Phonographic Industry's annual pop music awards. The award ceremony was held at The O2 in London for the second time. The ceremony was presented by James Corden.[1] Leading the nominations was Ed Sheeran with four, followed by Adele and Jessie J with three, whilst Bon Iver, Aloe Blacc, Coldplay and Florence and the Machine all had two.[2][3]

Amy Winehouse and Whitney Houston received remembrance tributes due to their deaths in July 2011 and February 2012, respectively.[2][3][4] Adele picked up two awards for Best British Album and British Female, whilst Sheeran also won two awards for Best British Male and British Breakthrough.[5] Blur received an award for Outstanding Contribution to Music. The statue was designed by Peter Blake.


Artist(s) Song(s) UK Singles Chart Reaction UK Albums Chart Reaction
Coldplay "Charlie Brown" 30 (+85) Mylo Xyloto – 6 (+5)
Florence and the Machine "No Light, No Light" 50 Ceremonials – 9 (+14)
Lungs – 34 (+22)
Olly Murs
Rizzle Kicks
"Heart Skips a Beat" did not chart In Case You Didn't Know – 16 (+1)
Olly Murs – 53 (−8)
Ed Sheeran "Lego House" 17 (+20) + – 3 (+5)
Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds
Chris Martin
"AKA... What a Life!" Did not chart Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds – 12 (+4)
Adele "Rolling in the Deep" 28 (+11) 21 – 1 (+2)
19 – 7 (+2)
Bruno Mars "Just the Way You Are" Did not chart Doo-Wops & Hooligans – 11 (+4)
Rihanna "We Found Love" 22 (+12) Talk That Talk – 18 (+9)
Loud – 26 (+2)
Phil Daniels
"Girls & Boys"
"Song 2"
"This Is a Low"
Did not chart
Did not chart
Did not chart
Blur: The Best Of – 22 (re-entry)

Nominees and Winners

British Male Solo Artist
(presented by Plan B)
British Female Solo Artist
(presented by Kylie Minogue)
British Breakthrough Act
(presented by Cesc Fàbregas and Nicole Scherzinger)
British Group
(presented by Jo Whiley and Huey Morgan)
British Single
(presented by Tinie Tempah)
MasterCard British Album of the Year
(presented by George Michael)
International Male Solo Artist
(presented by Jessie J and Jack Whitehall)
International Female Solo Artist
(presented by Jenson Button)
International Group
(presented by Brian May and Roger Taylor)
International Breakthrough Act
(presented by will.i.am and Rob Brydon)
Critics' Choice
(presented by James Corden and Jessie J)
British Producer
(presented by Laura Marling)
Outstanding Contribution to Music
(presented by Ray Winstone)

Acceptance speech controversy

Adele and Blur

Adele was cut short by host James Corden during her acceptance speech for the MasterCard British Album of the Year award, causing her to 'give the finger' on national television.[6] Adele stated that the gesture was aimed at "the suits", not her fans. ITV offered its apologies to the show as an ITV spokesman said:

The Brits is a live event. Unfortunately the programme was over-running and we had to move on. We would like to apologise to Adele for the interruption.

Corden was also upset by the occurrence, stating afterwards:

I don't understand what happened but I'm upset about it. Blur get to play for 11 minutes and [Adele] gets to say thank you once.

Due to the over-running, Blur's set was also cut off, prior to their performance of "Tender".

Emeli Sandé

There was more controversy later on in the show when Emeli Sandé wasn't allowed to give a speech after winning the Critic's Choice Award. Sandé was said to be distressed by the bosses of the show and also angry after Adele got an apology for being cut off, whereas she did not. During the presentation of the award, previous winner Jessie J was asked to give her advice on her career instead of Sandé giving a speech. A friend of Sandé's said to the Daily Record:

She's had a number-one album with Our Version of Events in the UK and they're asking Jessie J what advice she has got for her.

An ITV spokesman later gave Sandé apologies and said:

Because there was more music than ever before, everything got pushed back. The public love Emeli. They really support her and think she's fantastic.


  1. Jonze, Tim (21 February 2012). "Brit Awards 2012 Live Coverage". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 27 February 2012.
  2. 1 2 Adele, Coldplay Lead BRIT Award Nominations one direction Rolling Stone. Retrieved 4 February 2012
  3. 1 2 The BRIT Awards 2012 nominees Archived 8 August 2015 at the Wayback Machine. Brits.co.uk. Retrieved 4 February 2012
  4. Hogan, Michael (21 February 2012). "Brit Awards 2012: as it happened". The Daily Telegraph. London. Retrieved 27 February 2012.
  5. "Adele cut short amid triumph". BBC News. 21 February 2012. Retrieved 27 February 2012.
  6. "Brit awards 2012: James Corden 'furious' at stopping Adele mid-flow". Daily Telegraph. London. 21 February 2012. Retrieved 27 February 2012.

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