Great Britain

Zayn Malik, Kaiser Chiefs and Tasmin Archer – Bradford and the Brits

THE Brit Awards is back next week with a star-studded night of speeches and performances to look forward.

The event will feature an audience of 4,000 people as part of the Government’s live events pilot scheme.

Dua Lipa, Griff, Arlo Parks and Headie One are among the artists scheduled to perform during Tuesday night's ceremony, which will be hosted by Jack Whitehall at the O2 Arena in London.

But over the years Bradford has been represented at the annual spectacular with a host of stars from the district receiving awards and nominations.

Here is a look back at some of them:

Bradford Telegraph and Argus:


Either as a solo artist or as a member of boyband One Direction, East Bowling’s most famous son has enjoyed a great time at the event.

Zayn has received three nominations for his own music, without winning one as of yet.

In 2017, ‘Pillowtalk’ was shortlisted for British Single of the Year and British Video of the Year. The following year ‘I Don’t Wanna Live Forever’, his collaboration with Taylor Swift, was nominated for the British Video of the Year prize.

Further back, as a member of One Direction, the band won six Brits; three British Video of the Year’s; two Global Success Awards and one British Single of the Year.

Malik quit the group in March 2015 and the four-piece went on to win a seventh Brit in 2017 with the Video of the Year award for their song ‘History’.

Bradford Telegraph and Argus:


This five-piece girl group, featuring Bradford-born Kimberley Walsh, were nominated for five Brits, winning Best Single in 2009 for ‘The Promise’

Their nominations came in 2005 and 2008 for Best Pop Act, for 2008’s Best British Group and in 2010 for Best Live Performance at the Brit Awards for ‘The Promise’ at the previous year’s ceremony.

Bradford Telegraph and Argus:


The Ilkley and Menston band had their best night at the awards when they cleaned up at the 2006 edition, taking home a hat-trick of honours.

They won Brits for Best British Group, Best British Rock Act and Best British Live Act at the ceremony at London's Earls Court.

Three of the band members, Simon Rix (bass), Peanut (keyboards) and Nick Hodgson (drums) met in the same class at St Mary's Catholic School in Menston, while singer Ricky Wilson is from Ilkley.

The band opened proceedings with a spectacular rendition of their hit single I Predict a Riot, performing on a red carpet.

The Telegraph & Argus reported, kicking up the Best Rock Act trophy, the band appeared visibly humbled by the experience, with front man Ricky telling the crowd of celebrities and well wishers: "This is our first Brits, we were not meant to win this one.

"This means the world."

The band were also nominated for a further five Brits; in 2006 for Best New Artist and Best British Album for Employment and three nominations in 2008 for Best British Live Act, Best British Single for Ruby and Best British Group.

Bradford Telegraph and Argus:


Drawing talent from Bradford, Calderdale and Kirklees, Embrace started out in 1990 as Danny and Richard McNamara, Steve Firth and Mike Heaton. Mickey joined after The Good Will Out.

They have one nomination to their name for Best New Artists in 1998 following the success of their debut album The Good Will Come Out.

Bradford Telegraph and Argus:


You may or not know that the group’s bassists, Bob Hardy, is from Wyke.

They are a two-time Brits winner, claiming the Best British Group and Best British Rock Act in 2005. They were nominated for a further three prizes that year; Best British Album for the self-titled LP, Best Live Act and Best New Artist.

The following year, they were shortlisted a further three times; for Best British Group, Best British Rock Act and Best British Live Act.

Bradford Telegraph and Argus:


The Bradford-born singer, most famous for her 1992 number one ‘Sleeping Satellite’, claimed the Best New Artist prize at the 1993 awards. She picked up the honour from rock star Lenny Kravitz and Crystal Maze host Richard O’Brien.

Also at the 1993 ceremony, Archer was nominated for Best British Video and Best British Female Solo Artist.

Bradford Telegraph and Argus:


An honourable mention must go to Little Horton-born singer, most famous for her 1976 duet ‘Don’t Go Breaking My Heart’ with Elton John, may not have won an award herself, but she did present Crowded House with their Best International Group prize at the 1994 Brits.

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