The Brit Awards took place last night and welcomed an array of performances from star names such as The Weeknd, Headie One and Olivia Rodrigo. However, controversially, the ceremony also honoured producer and convicted murderer Phil Spector.
Spector passed away at the beginning of the year after catching coronavirus in prison. While he undisputedly revolutionised the music industry with his ‘Wall of Sound’ technique, Spector was serving a 19-year sentence for the 2003 murder of actress Lana Clarkson at the time of his death. As well as causing irreparable damage to countless lives, Spector also sullied a reputation within pop music that had seen him placed at the top of the tree and was widely regarded as a golden hitmaker.
Throughout his career, Spector worked with 1960s girl groups like The Ronettes before teaming up with The Beatles and playing a hand in solo material by both John Lennon and George Harrison. The BRITs decided to include Spector in the obituaries section of its website, which replaced the usual ‘In Memoriam’ section, which used to appear during the ceremony.
The BRITs obituary to Spector reads: “American record producer, songwriter and pioneer of the iconic ‘Wall of Sound’, who will equally be remembered for his conviction for murder of the actress Lana Clarkson.
“Spector collaborated with many of the greats including The Beatles individually and as a band — producing ‘Let it Be’ and ‘Imagine’ – The Righteous Brothers, Leonard Cohen and The Ronettes, and also wrote numerous era-defining songs.”
4,000 attended the awards ceremony last night at London’s O2 Arena, primarily made up of key workers. Dua Lipa had a night to remember as she picked up the gongs for ‘Best Female Artist’ and ‘Best Album’.
See the complete list of winners here.