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The Show Must Go On

21 Feb 2012

The Show Must Go On

The Brit Awards are held tonight, 21st February, in O2 Arena London, and will be aired on ITV1 at 8pm for British viewers. Although no Genesis contributors will be up for nomination in 2012, they have received their fair share of airtime and column inches in the 35 years that the annual pop awards show has been running.

Queen frontman Freddie Mercury made his last public appearance at the 1990 Brit Awards, and two years later was posthumously recognised with an Outstanding Contribution to Music prize and The Freddie Mercury award created in his honour.

The Beatles and Sir George Martin dominated the first ceremony, held in 1977, and have together accumulated an impressive 9 awards. Outstanding Contribution titles have also been presented to David Bowie, Queen, Eric Clapton, The Who and Pete Townshend, with Paul Weller winning Best Male Solo Artist 3 times in 14 years.

Ronnie Wood deserves a special mention for his work ensuring the show went smoothly; in 2000 he prevented the sadly misinformed Dance DJ Brandon Block from drunkenly accepting someone else's award by throwing a drink in his face.

Photo © Mick Rock from KILLER QUEEN

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