The Sun (January 29) reports this morning that organisers were keen to have the two acts work through ‘Handbags And Gladrags’ as this month’s awards ceremony. The song was made famous by veteran Rod Stewartin 1971 and the Stereophonics recent cover scored them a Top Five record and their biggest single to date.
The Welsh favourites and current album chart-toppers were not initially invited to perform at the February 20 ceremony at Earls Court in London. Angered at their perceived snub at the hands of BRIT Award judges, the trio have appealed to fans to kick up a stink on their behalf, by leaving a message on the BRIT Awards official website.
A statement on www.stereophonics.com, the band’s official Internet site, says: “Despite being nominated as the Best British Band and having the biggest selling album by a British act last year, the Stereophonics have not been invited to perform on this years BRITS show.
“Word is that the BRITS organisers prefer to have an American guitar band on the show instead. If you have something to say about this, have your say at www.BRITS.co.uk.”
It is almost certain that their reported reluctance to accept the late invitation to appear is related to the earlier snub.
A spokesperson for the Stereophonics could not be reached for comment this morning.