2016 Brit Awards

36th Brit Awards
Date 24 February 2016
Venue The O2
Hosted by Ant & Dec
Most awards Adele (4)
Television/Radio coverage
Network ITV

The 2016 Brit Awards were held on 24 February 2016 and was the 36th edition of the British Phonographic Industry's annual pop music awards. The awards ceremony was held at The O2 in London and were presented by Ant & Dec.[1] Award nominations were revealed on 14 January 2016.[2] British fashion designer Pam Hogg has designed the trophies for this year's ceremony, styling the BRIT statue.[3]

The ceremony included a tribute to late British music icon David Bowie featuring an introduction by Annie Lennox, a tribute speech by Gary Oldman and a performance by Lorde backed by Bowie's long-time backing group.[4][5]


The Brits Are Coming: Nominations Launch Party

Artist Song UK Singles Chart reaction UK Albums Chart reaction
Jess Glynne "Don't Be So Hard on Yourself" 37 (–9) I Cry When I Laugh – 7 (–3)
Years & Years "Eyes Shut" 17 (+/–) Communion – 22 (–11)
Jack Garratt "Worry" N/A N/A
Birdy "Keeping Your Head Up" N/A N/A

Main Show

Artist Song UK Singles Chart reaction[6] UK Albums Chart reaction[7]
Coldplay "Hymn for the Weekend" 10 (+7) A Head Full of Dreams – 5 (+/–)
Justin Bieber
James Bay
"Love Yourself"
5 (+2)
9 (–1)
Purpose – 4 (–1)
Jess Glynne "Ain't Got Far to Go"
"Don't Be So Hard on Yourself"
"Hold My Hand"
70 (re-entry)
61 (+1)
72 (re-entry)
I Cry When I Laugh – 6 (+/–)
James Bay "Hold Back the River" 56 (+35) Chaos and the Calm – 7 (+10)
2 (+1)
Anti – 9 (+/–)
Little Mix "Black Magic" 60 (+10) Get Weird – 8 (+/–)
David Bowie's band:
Earl Slick
Gail Ann Dorsey
Gerry Leonard
Mike Garson
Catherine Russell
Sterling Campbell[8]

Tribute to David Bowie
Instrumental Medley:
contains interpolations of the following
"Space Oddity"
"Rebel Rebel"
"Let's Dance"
"Ashes to Ashes"
"Ziggy Stardust"
"Under Pressure"
With Lorde:
"Life on Mars?"
N/A Best of Bowie – 2 (+/–)
Nothing Has Changed – 13 (–3)
Blackstar – 14 (–7)
Hunky Dory – 37 (–8)
The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars – 41 (–6)
Aladdin Sane – 80 (–26)
The Weeknd "The Hills" 31 (+9) Beauty Behind The Madness – 18 (+1)
Adele "When We Were Young" 13 (+10) 25 – 1 (+/–)
21 – 26 (+7)
19 – 55 (+13)

Nominees and Winners

The nominations were revealed on 14 January 2016.[9]

British Male Solo Artist
(presented by Kylie Minogue)
British Female Solo Artist
(presented by Louis Tomlinson and Liam Payne)
British Group
(presented by Simon Pegg)
International Group
(presented by Jourdan Dunn and Henry Cavill)
British Breakthrough Act
(presented by Nick Grimshaw and Cheryl)
Critics' Choice
MasterCard British Album of the Year
(presented by Mark Ronson)
British Single of the Year
(presented by Suki Waterhouse and Simon Le Bon)
International Male Solo Artist
(presented by Major Lazer)
International Female Solo Artist
(presented by Fleur East and Craig David)
British Producer of the Year British Video
(presented by Alan Carr and Lianne La Havas)
BRITs Global Success
(presented by Tim Peake)
BRITs Icon Award
(presented by Annie Lennox)


  1. "Ant & Dec return for The BRITs 2016". The BRIT Awards. 14 September 2015.
  2. "BRIT Awards 2016: Justin Bieber AND Coldplay Join Adele As Confirmed Performers". Capital FM. 18 December 2015.
  3. "Pam Hogg revealed as BRITs Trophy Designer". BRIT Awards. 29 November 2015.
  4. "David Bowie: Brit Awards tribute for 'visionary' musician". BBC. 12 January 2016. Retrieved 12 January 2016.
  5. "Brit awards 2016 with Adele, Coldplay, Justin Bieber and more – as it happened". Guardian. 24 February 2016. Retrieved 25 February 2016.
  6. "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 21 February 2016.
  7. "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 21 February 2016.
  8. Spanos, Brittany. "Watch Lorde's Moving David Bowie Cover at Brit Awards". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 25 February 2016.
  9. "NOMINEES". 14 January 2016. Archived from the original on 8 August 2015. Retrieved 14 January 2014.

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