2016 Brit Awards

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36th Brit Awards
2016 Brit Awards logo.svg
Date24 February 2016
VenueThe O2 Arena
Hosted byAnt & Dec
Most awardsAdele (4)
Most nominationsAdele, James Bay and Years & Years (4)
Television/radio coverage

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 Arena 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[edit]

Laura Whitmore hosted the launch at the ITV Studios in London on Thursday 14 January.

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 Performances[edit]

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)
88 (debut)
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)

Winners and nominees[edit]

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

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

1 Liam Payne and Louis Tomlinson accept this award for British Video of the Year.

Multiple nominations and awards[edit]

Three-time winner Adele as most nominations and awards
Artists that received multiple awards
Awards Artist
3 Adele

Brit Awards 2016 album[edit]

Brit Awards 2016
Brit Awards 2016 album.png
Compilation album / Box set by
Various Artists
Released12 February 2016
Various Artists chronology
Brit Awards 2015
Brit Awards 2016
Brit Awards 2017

The Brit Awards 2016 is a compilation and box set which includes the "62 biggest tracks from the past year". The box set has three discs with a total of sixty-two songs by various artists.

Track listing[edit]

CD 1[edit]

1."What Do You Mean?"Justin Bieber3:26
2."Hold My Hand"Jess Glynne3:47
3."Writing's on the Wall"Sam Smith4:38
4."Uptown Funk"Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars4:30
5."King"Years & Years3:35
6."Lean On"Major Lazer & DJ Snake featuring 2:56
7."Drag Me Down"One Direction3:12
8."Ship to Wreck"Florence and the Machine3:54
9."Believe"Mumford & Sons3:41
10."Go Out"Blur4:41
11."Ballad of the Mighty I"Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds5:15
12."I Wanna Get Lost with You"Stereophonics3:50
13."Kathleen"Catfish and the Bottlemen2:41
14."Giant Peach"Wolf Alice4:35
15."Pedestrian at Best"Courtney Barnett3:50
16."Don't Wanna Fight"Alabama Shakes3:53
17."Someone New"Hozier3:42
18."Breathe Life"Jack Garratt4:23
19."Mountain at My Gates"Foals4:02
20."Chateau Lobby #4 (In C for Two Virgins)"Father John Misty2:50
21."Let It Go"James Bay4:21

CD 2[edit]

1."Can't Feel My Face"The Weeknd3:33
2."Adventure of a Lifetime"Coldplay4:23
3."Bloodstream"Ed Sheeran & Rudimental5:08
4."Love Me like You Do"Ellie Goulding4:12
5."Where Are Ü Now"Jack Ü & Justin Bieber4:10
6."How Deep Is Your Love"Calvin Harris & Disciples3:32
7."Not Letting Go"Tinie Tempah featuring Jess Glynne3:48
8."Downtown"Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Eric Nally, Melle Mel, Kool Moe Dee & Grandmaster Caz4:52
9."Marvin Gaye"Charlie Puth featuring Meghan Trainor3:07
10."Real Love"Clean Bandit & Jess Glynne3:39
11."Want to Want Me"Jason Derulo3:27
13."Trap Queen"Fetty Wap3:35
14."Shut Up and Dance"Walk the Moon3:17
15."Hey Mama"David Guetta featuring Nicki Minaj, Bebe Rexha & Afrojack3:12
16."G.D.F.R."Flo Rida featuring Sage the Gemini & Lookas3:10
17."Preach"Drake featuring PartyNextDoor3:56
18."Runnin' (Lose It All)"Naughty Boy featuring Beyoncé & Arrow Benjamin3:33
19."Runaway (U & I)"Galantis3:47
20."Lay It All on Me"Rudimental featuring Ed Sheeran4:02
21."Gosh"Jamie xx4:51

CD 3[edit]

1."Someone like You"Adele4:47
2."Valerie"Mark Ronson featuring Amy Winehouse3:39
3."Rock 'n' Roll Star"Oasis5:23
4."You Got the Dirtee Love"Florence and the Machine & Dizzee Rascal3:38
5."Pompeii" / "Waiting All Night"Bastille & Rudimental featuring Ella Eyre5:47
6."Make Me Smile (Come Up and See Me)"Robbie Williams & Tom Jones5:28
7."Treasure"Bruno Mars2:58
8."The Fear"Lily Allen3:27
9."Next to Me"Emeli Sandé3:16
10."She Said"Plan B3:31
11."These Days"Take That3:52
12."She's Kinda Hot"5 Seconds of Summer3:36
13."Up"Olly Murs featuring Demi Lovato3:44
14."High by the Beach"Lana Del Rey4:18
15."Wasn't Expecting That"Jamie Lawson3:21
17."Black Magic"Little Mix3:31
19."Elastic Heart"Sia4:17
20."Lips Are Movin"Meghan Trainor3:02

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (2016) Peak
Irish Compilation Albums[10] 5
UK Compilation Albums[11] 1


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  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 November 28, 2015. Retrieved 14 January 2014.
  10. ^ "Top 30 Multi-Artist Compilation Album, week ending 25 February 2016". GfK Chart-Track. Retrieved 30 November 2017.
  11. ^ "Official Compilations Chart – 26 February 2016". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 30 November 2017.

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