The History of the BRIT Awards in Pictures

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Pop superstar Michael Jackson performs his Earth Song at the BRIT Awards ceremony on February 19, 1996. This was Jackson's first performance anywhere in the world since his collapse from low blood pressure on stage in New York at the end of the previous year. Kieran Doherty/Reuters
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Pop band Blur receive one of their four trophies at the BRIT Awards ceremony, February 20, 1995. Their haul was the most awards won by a single act in the ceremony's history. Kieran Doherty/Reuters
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The Spice Girls emerged triumphant in 1996 with 'Wannabe' winning the BRIT Award for Best Single and 'Say You'll Be There' bagging the Best Video trophy. JMEnternational/Getty Images
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The late great Amy Winehouse performs with Mark Ronson at the BRIT Awards at Earls Court in London February 20, 2008. Mark Ronson, who is up for two awards this year, dedicated part of his 2015 Glastonbury set to the singer. Kieran Doherty/Reuters
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Kanye West used his performance at the BRIT Awards in February 2015 to promote the British grime scene. He was joined onstage by artists Skepta and JME. Toby Melville/Reuters
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Pop queen Madonna was left red-faced after taking a headline-grabbing tumble during her live performance at the 2015 BRIT Awards on February 25, 2015. Toby Melville/Reuters
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Adele shows her appreciation to host James Corden during the 2012 BRIT Awards hoto by Brian Rasic/Getty Images