2015 Brit Awards

For the album, see Brit Awards 2015 (album).
35th Brit Awards
Date 25 February 2015
Venue The O2
Hosted by Ant & Dec
Most awards Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith
Official website www.brits.co.uk
Television/Radio coverage
Network ITV

The 2015 Brit Awards were held on 25 February 2015. This was the 35th edition of the British Phonographic Industry's annual pop music awards. The awards ceremony was held at The O2 in London, presented by Ant & Dec. This was their second time hosting, and their first since 2001.[1] Award nominations were revealed on 15 January 2015.[2] Tracey Emin became the fifth artist to style the BRITs statue.[3]


The first three performers were announced for the 2015 Brit Awards on 16 December 2014.[4][5][6][7]

Artist Song UK Singles
Chart reaction[8][9]
UK Albums Chart reaction[9][10]
Taylor Swift "Blank Space" 29 (+/–) 1989 – 5 (+3)
Sam Smith "Lay Me Down" 15 (+73) In the Lonely Hour – 1 (+1)
Royal Blood "Figure It Out" 43 (re-entry) Royal Blood – 3 (+15)
Ed Sheeran "Bloodstream" 35 (re-entry) x – 2 (+1)
+ – 25 (+21)
Kanye West "All Day" 18 (debut) N/A
Take That "Let in the Sun" did not chart III – 18 (+3)
George Ezra "Budapest" 18 (+12) Wanted on Voyage – 4 (+2)
Paloma Faith "Only Love Can Hurt Like This" 32 (re-entry) A Perfect Contradiction – 8 (+25)
Madonna "Living for Love" 26 (debut) Celebration – 38 (re-entry)

The Brits Are Coming: Nominations Launch Party

Artist(s)[11] Song(s) UK chart
Jessie Ware "You and I (Forever)" N/A
Clean Bandit and Jess Glynne "Real Love" /
"Rather Be"
2 / 1
FKA twigs "Hide" /
James Bay "Let It Go" 62

Nominees and Winners

British Male Solo Artist
(presented by Orlando Bloom and Rita Ora)
British Female Solo Artist
(presented by Mark Ronson)
British Group
(presented by Jimmy Page)
International Group
(presented by John Bishop)
British Breakthrough Act
(presented by Fearne Cotton and Charli XCX)
Critics' Choice
MasterCard British Album of the Year
(presented by Russell Crowe)
British Single of the Year
(presented by Lisa Snowdon and Lionel Richie)
International Male Solo Artist
(presented by Cara Delevingne)
International Female Solo Artist
(presented by Lewis Hamilton and Ellie Goulding)
British Producer of the Year British Video
(presented by Jimmy Carr and Karlie Kloss)
BRITs Global Success
(presented by Kim Kardashian)

Notable moments

Kanye West performance

Kanye West was confirmed to perform just the day before the awards took place.[12] He performed his song "All Day" amongst a large entourage including grime musicians Skepta, Stormzy, Krept and Konan, Jammer and Novelist. The entourage held flamethrowers and wore all black. However, his performance was repeatedly muted throughout most of the track for those watching on television due to the extreme explicit language featured within the song's lyrics, with the use of "nigger" being repeatedly rapped live on ITV.[13] The performance drew mixed reactions from the crowd, with presenters Ant & Dec joking about it afterwards, and divided opinions on social media; some criticising West's performance and some criticising how ITV dealt with the issue.[14][15]

Madonna incident

Madonna was the last to perform on the night, singing a version of her song "Living for Love" to close the show and mark her first Brits performance in 20 years.[16] Shortly into her performance, a problem with her costume caused her to be pulled down a flight of stairs that made up part of the stage.[17] She later took to Instagram to confirm that she was uninjured, posting "Thanks for the good wishes! I'm fine".[18] It was later revealed that her cape was tied too tightly when her dancers attempted to remove it from her neck, causing her to crash to the floor and leaving the audience in shock.[19] After several seconds, she continued the performance as planned.[20]


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  14. "Kanye West leaves Taylor Swift and Lionel Richie open-mouthed as his use of the N-word during BRITs performance is broadcast live... as viewers complain about ITV muting the show". Mail Online. 25 February 2015. Retrieved 26 February 2015.
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  17. "Should've undone the Material, Girl! Madonna, 56, is pulled backwards off the stage down a set of steps by her cape during shocking BRIT Awards 2015 finale performance". Daily Mail. 25 February 2015. Retrieved 26 February 2015.
  18. "Brit Awards 2015: Madonna falls off stage". BBC News. 25 February 2015. Retrieved 26 February 2015.
  19. "Madonna falls off stage at the Brit Awards". Daily Telegraph. 25 February 2015. Retrieved 26 February 2015.
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