BMI songwriters earned more than 60% of the 2012 BRIT Awards, the annual celebration of the year’s top music from the U.K. and around the world. The commanding majority underscores the unparalleled popularity and critical acclaim of the BMI repertoire around the world.
Adele and Ed Sheeran led the winners with two trophies a piece. On an international high after sweeping every award in which she was nominated at the 54th annual Grammy Awards, Adele took home BRIT Awards for British Female Solo Artist and Mastercard British Album of the Year for 21. 20-year-old newcomer Ed Sheeran clinched wins for British Male Solo Artist and British Breakthrough Act.
Acclaimed Scottish songwriter Emeli Sandé garnered the Critics’ Choice award, while Blur was honored with the Outstanding Contribution to Music Award recognizing the profound influence of the band’s infectious post-punk pop.
Foo Fighters – also big winners at the 2012 Grammys – scored International Group of the Year, while Rihanna was named the top International Female Solo Artist.
Many of the winners are members of British performing rights organization PRS for Music, but choose BMI to represent them in the United States.
For more information on the 2012 BRIT Awards, visit www.brits.co.uk.
2012 BRIT Awards
BRITISH MALE SOLO ARTIST
BRITISH FEMALE SOLO ARTIST
BRITISH BREAKTHROUGH ACT
MASTERCARD BRITISH ALBUM OF THE YEAR
INTERNATIONAL FEMALE SOLO ARTIST
OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO MUSIC AWARD