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Since its launch in 1977, the BRIT awards has overlooked some of our biggest homegrown stars. Here, we remember those who walked away with gongs
Posted: 19/02/2014 06:45 PM

SINGER CRAIG David once accused the Brit Awards of failing to "represent" the true reality of the music business after failing to win any of the six awards he was nominated for in 2001. The previous year, his debut album, Born To Do It was one of the biggest-selling UK R&B albums ever.

Consequently, the star said he had "lost interest" in the event, which is being held tonight (Feb 19).

"It's great for artists who pick up awards, but in terms of representing what's really going on, I think they've missed the eight-ball," he said at the time.

Although racial discrimination was never brought up, only a handful of black stars have walked home with gongs from the popular event.

Dame Shirley Bassey was the first black recipient of an award in 1977 and since then, only 19 black acts, those including black members of multi-cultural groups, have followed in her footsteps.

In 2005, the ceremony introduced the 'urban' category in a bid, many assumed, to become more inclusive. The category was dropped the next year.

Here, we list black BRIT award winners in the ceremony's 37-year history.