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The Brit Awards 2010 - 30th Anniversary

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The Brit Awards 2010 - 30th Anniversary

New Zealand First

Thursday 4 March, 9pm

The BRIT Awards 2010 will commemorate 30 of the best in music. The BRITs will bring millions of viewers closer to the winners, the glamour and the stunning performances that have made The BRIT Awards the ultimate 'must see' televised event in British music. Hosted by comedian Peter Kay, the show will take place on Tuesday 16 February at London's Earls Court Arena and will be aired in its entirety on UKTV on Thursday 4 March at 9pm.

NZ singer Ladyhawke is nominated in the International Female Solo Artist category and confirmed performances include Cheryl Cole, Dizzee Rascal & Florence & the Machine (collaboration), Jay-Z, JLS, Kasabian, Lady Gaga, Lily Allen and Robbie Williams.

To celebrate, let's wind back to 1977, the year it all began, to remind ourselves of some key BRIT moments from the last 30 years..

1977; Cher was already 21, Robbie was three and Beyonce was just a figment of her parents' imagination..

1978, 1979, 1980, 1981; no awards ceremonies took place

1982; why did it take four years to get it back on the music industry's radar? Reports from those who were there was that because of the TV domination, it took away from the event experience and the music industry was keen to get its celebration evening back in the format they would enjoy. So, although no performance and no broadcast, it was renamed the British Record Industry Awards and has been an unbroken run of annual UK record industry award shows every since

1984; New Zealand opera singer Kiri Te Kanawa took home the Classical award

1985; Bob Geldof and Midge Ure's efforts with Band Aid earned them a Special award

1988; the last BPI Awards show (as they had become known) took place at the Albert Hall and was the first prime-time TV event

1989; one of the most memorable of all shows - for all the wrong reasons - was the one that launched the brand new BRIT Awards. Joint hosts Sam Fox and Mick Fleetwood combined to miss their cues and fluff their lines throughout the ceremony

1990; a hint of controversy when double winners Fine Young Cannibals reacted to a video appearance by Margaret Thatcher choosing her own favourite pop song (she picked How Much Is That Doggy in the Window?) by returning their awards

1996; the headlines went to Pulp's Jarvis Cocker after he jumped on stage and waggled his bum in protest at Michael Jackson's performance

1999; The Eurythmics - who oddly had never won a Brit as a duo despite Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart's 11 individual wins - finally got one when they were honoured in the Outstanding Contribution category. They celebrated by performing a duet with Stevie Wonder

2003; the image of Justin Timberlake grabbing the bottom of a demure Kylie Minogue, while the pair performed their rendition of Blondie's Rapture, was beamed around the world

2007; the first live broadcast of the show since 1989 saw controversial Russell Brand as host

2008; a touching moment for audiences when Amy Winehouse sent televised messages of love to her incarcerated husband

Tune in to UKTV on Thursday 4 March at 9pm to see what The Brit Awards 2010 have in store!

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