The Wednesday evening event for the 25th Anniversary show remained in Earls Court 2 with a broadcast time of two and a half hours on ITV1 beginning 8pm. The surroundings – seating and stage structure were built from scratch with an added budget to make sure the auditorium setting matched the grandeur of such an anniversary. As with both main areas in Earls Court – both 1 and 2 have a completely vast ground floor space, but with Earls Court 1 there are balcony areas where the public and show/party guests attend.
2005 saw a couple of changes in the production team. Musical Director Helen Terry had been promoted to Executive Producer for BRITs TV and Maggie Crowe promoted to Director of Events for BRIT Awards Ltd. Such is the pairing that the duo have remained the two main points of contact since that time, with most acknowledging the quality of Event and TV experience is paramount to ensure the BRITs is always at the top of its game and remains a national treasure.
The show was opened by a storming Scissor Sisters set. The artsy New York band judged the night’s mood perfectly, and their surreal performance of Take Your Mama thrilled the crowd. The muppet-meisters at Jim Henson’s workshop filled the stage with a giant pink bird, a singing shed, a choir of watermelons, and a troupe of dancing eggs; ensuring that the Scissor Sisters show opener will be remembered for many, many years as one of the top BRITs performances of all time.
Scissor Sisters were also the night’s most successful band, picking up a fabulous three awards in the International Group, International Album and International Breakthrough categories.
Also celebrating their first BRITs successes were Glasgow-based rockers Franz Ferdinand. Nominated in a whopping five categories, they set off for home with a brace of stunning statuettes. With awards for best British Group and British Rock Act, the band topped a remarkable first year with two of the highest accolades in British music. Their performance of the single Take Me Out proved why they have become so successful so quickly; spiky and exciting, it had the audience of the edge of their seats from the start.