In a BRITS which stuck almost exclusively to the middle of the road, THE STROKES, SO SOLID CREW and BASEMENT JAXX bucked the trend by picking up BEST INTERNATIONAL NEWCOMER, BEST BRITISH VIDEO and BEST DANCE ACT respectively.
The full list of winners are:
Best British Female – Dido
Best British Newcomer – Blue
Best International Artist – Shaggy
Best International Group – Destiny’s Child
Best Pop Act – Westlife
Best International Newcomer – The Strokes
Best Single – ‘Don’t Stop Movin” – [/a]
Best British Dance Act – Basement Jaxx
Best International Female Artist – Kylie
Best British Video – ’21 Seconds’
Best British Male – Robbie Williams
Best British Group – Travis
Best International Album – Kylie – ‘Fever’
Best British Album – [a]Dido
Outstanding Contribution – [/a]
The Strokes‘ short acceptance speech thanked both the label, Rough Trade, and the UK in general. They also performed ‘Last Nite’ live, which was the performance of the night.
Most interestingly for The Brits was the complete ignoring of the twin pop phenomenons of 2001, ‘Popstars’ and ‘Pop Idol’ – Hear’say were left empty-handed, while the much-rumoured live performance by the ‘Pop Idol’ winner Will failed to materialise.
Kylie performed live, mixing New Order’s ‘Blue Monday’ into a performance of ‘Can’t Get You Out Of My Head’ – destined to be one of the bootlegged tracks of 2002. Meanwhile Gorillazgave a stunning performance featuring 3-D animation across four screens. However despite being nominated for six awards – like Craig David last year – Gorillaz left empty-handed. Host Frank Skinner commented: “I don’t think gorillas have had a night this bad since King Kong got shot.”
Travis picked up Best British Group for the second time.
[a] performed ‘If You Love Somebody Set Them Free’, ‘Every Little Thing
She Does Is Magic’, ‘Every Breath You Take’ and ‘If I Ever Lose My Faith In You’.
On receiving the award (presented by Kylie) he said: “Music is its own award.”