1989 Brit Awards

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9th Brit Awards
Date13 February 1989
VenueRoyal Albert Hall
Hosted byMick Fleetwood and Samantha Fox
Most awardsFairground Attraction, Michael Jackson and Tracy Chapman (2)
Most nominationsThe Christians, Enya, Fairground Attraction, Michael Jackson, Pet Shop Boys, Robert Palmer, Steve Winwood, Tanita Tikaram, Tracy Chapman and Wet Wet Wet (2)
Television/radio coverage

The 1989 Brit Awards were the 9th edition of the biggest annual pop music awards in the United Kingdom. They are run by the British Phonographic Industry and took place on 13 February 1989 at Royal Albert Hall in London. This year marked the first presentation of the International Female Solo Artist and International Male Solo Artist awards.

The awards ceremony, hosted by Mick Fleetwood and Samantha Fox, was televised live by the BBC.[1] Fleetwood and Fox's hosting of the ceremony was widely criticised in the media, which led the decision to record the future events for broadcast the following night (until 2007).[2] They continually missed cues and fluffed their lines, and Fox mistakenly introduced Boy George as the Four Tops. Government minister Kenneth Baker was booed by the audience. A pre-recorded message by Michael Jackson was never broadcast, despite the show ending several minutes early.[3]


Winners and nominees[edit]

British Album of the Year Outstanding Contribution to Music
British Single of the Year British Video of the Year
British Male Solo Artist British Female Solo Artist
British Group British Breakthrough Act
International Male Solo Artist International Female Solo Artist
International Group International Breakthrough Act
Classical Recording Soundtrack/Cast Recording

Multiple nominations and awards[edit]

The following artists received multiple awards and/or nominations.

Artists that received multiple awards
Awards Artist
2 Fairground Attraction
Michael Jackson
Tracy Chapman


  1. ^ "The Brits 89". 9 February 1989. p. 42 – via BBC Genome.
  2. ^ "2007 Brits to be broadcast live". BBC News. 21 August 2006. Retrieved 30 December 2018 – via news.bbc.co.uk.
  3. ^ "Bad behaviour at the Brit Awards". BBC News. 14 February 2007. Retrieved 30 December 2018 – via news.bbc.co.uk.

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