2005 Brit Award Winners
Ze Franz Scoop Two Brits At The 25th Brit Awards
Ze Franz were victorious at the 25th Brit Awards on the 9th February 2005 in London, scooping two awards for Best British Group & Best British Rock Act, fending off stiff competition from the likes of 'Kasabian', 'Muse' and 'Snow Patrol' in both categories, adding to their forever proliferating hoard of accolades they've won already, which include the 2004 Mercury Music Prize. The Boyz Franz were originally nominated in a staggering five categories, but lost out to 'Keane' for both best British album & best British breakthrough act awards and 'Muse' for best British live act, still not a bad haul at all on the night and what more of a fitting way to commemorate the one year anniversary of the release of the band's debut eponymous album which hit the shelves exactly a year ago to the day
The evening started off with most auspiciously with Ze Franz arriving at the ceremony, as they promised, all attired in glasses in homage to the newly bespectacled Mr Thomson, so as to not make him feel the odd one out, followed by the band performing a suitably highly charged rendition of their hit single 'Take Me Out' with Alex, Paul, Nick and Bob all kitted out in blue trousers set off by American boy scout shirts As the evening progressed and the tense anticipation mounted, the first award of the night to come into the band's possession was the gong for 'Best British Rock Act', presented by 'Brian May' the guitarist of one of Ze Franz's all time favourite bands 'Queen'
Probably the most coveted award going on the night for 'Best British Group' was presented by Sharon & Kelly Osbourne, who took delight in handing it over to Ze Franz, with everyone in attendance in broad agreement that they were the rightful victors, with Bob Geldof who was being awarded the outstanding contribution to music, stating he was a big fan of Ze Franz and even compared them to his own seminal band 'The Boomtown Rats' On receipt of their award for 'best british group', Alex dedicated their gong to the late John Peel, paraphrasing fellow Scots The Proclaimers, saying: "It’s a long way from Glasgow to the Brits, but we would walk 500 miles and we would walk 500 more to pick up our Brit Awards".
We all here at www.franzferdinand.net congratulate the band, give Alex, Nick, Bob & Paul each a sturdy pat on the back and hope there are many more nights like this and awards to be won in the future for the band.
The five categories Ze Franz found themselves nominated in at the 2005 Brit Awards, along with their fellow contenders reads as follows: