1997 Brit Awards

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17th Brit Awards
Date24 February 1997
VenueEarls Court
Hosted byBen Elton
Most awardsManic Street Preachers and Spice Girls (2)
Most nominationsSpice Girls (5)
Television/radio coverage

The 1997 Brit Awards were the 17th edition of the biggest annual pop music awards in the United Kingdom. They are run by the British Phonographic Industry and took place on 24 February 1997 at Earls Court Exhibition Centre in London.


Winners and nominees[edit]

British Album of the Year
(presented by Zoë Ball)
British Producer of the Year
(presented by Sharleen Spiteri)
British Single of the Year
(presented by Caroline Aherne)
British Video of the Year
(presented by Frank Skinner)
British Male Solo Artist
(presented by Elton John)
British Female Solo Artist
(presented by Naomi Campbell)
British Group
(presented by Colin Jackson and Vinnie Jones)
British Breakthrough Act
(presented by Jo Whiley)
British Dance Act
(presented by Samantha Fox)
Soundtrack/Cast Recording
(presented by Lenny Henry)
International Male Solo Artist
(presented by Snoop Dogg)
International Female Solo Artist
(presented by Eddie Izzard)
International Group
(presented by Lennox Lewis)
International Breakthrough Act
(presented by Gary Barlow and Louise Redknapp)

Outstanding Contribution to Music[edit]

Multiple nominations and awards[edit]

The following artists received multiple awards and/or nominations.

Two-time winner Spice Girls as most nominations and awards
Artists that received multiple awards
Awards Artist
Manic Street Preachers
Spice Girls

Notable moments[edit]

Geri Halliwell's Union Jack dress and wardrobe malfunction[edit]

Ginger Spice, Geri Halliwell, wore the Union Jack dress whilst performing onstage with the group.[1][2] Spicemania was at its height in the UK and the Spice Girls had just cracked the US as well, reaching number 1 with their debut single and album. Geri Halliwell captured the zeitgeist and became pin-up girl for Cool Britannia.

Halliwell was originally going to wear an all-black dress, but she thought it was too boring so her sister sewed on a Union Jack tea-towel, with a 'peace' sign on the back, so as to not offend anyone. It was worn during the Spice Girls' performance of their number one song "Who Do You Think You Are". Later on she sold her dress in a charity auction to Hard Rock Cafe in Las Vegas for a record £41,320, giving Halliwell the Guinness World Record for the most expensive piece of pop star clothing ever sold.[3] The performance won Most Memorable Performance Of 30 Years at the 2010 Brit Awards.

As well her famous Union Jack dress; Geri Halliwell wore a lengthy cut top red dress during the show. When walking up to the stage to collect their award; Geri Halliwell's right breast slipped out from her dress in front of cameras and host Ben Elton.[citation needed]

Melanie C and Liam Gallagher[edit]

Prior to the ceremony in 1997, Oasis member Liam Gallagher stated in the British media that he wasn't going to the Brit Awards because if he bumped into the Spice Girls, he would smack them. In response to this, as the Spice Girls received the award for Best British Single, during their acceptance speech, Sporty Spice challenged Gallagher by saying "Come and have a go if you think you're hard enough".


  1. ^ "Iconic Union Jack dress". The Sun. UK. 15 December 2007. Retrieved 11 February 2012.
  2. ^ Spice Girls form The Guardian. Retrieved 11 February 2012
  3. ^ "Pop World Records, Music World Records, Record Breaking Achievements". Philbrodieband.com.

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