Fellow recipients of BPI's "Outstanding Contribution" award

In February 2009 the Pet Shop Boys received the BPI (British Phonographic Industry) award for Outstanding Contribution to Music. The recipients of this prestigious "BRIT" award through the years are as follows:

1Regarding the means by which John Lennon received this award before the Beatles, never underestimate the power of untimely death to circumvent logic. (I'm not counting the 1977 BPI "Silver Jubilee" awards, when the Beatles were co-recipients of a similar honor. Those awards appear to have been intended as a one-off, distinct from the annual awards that started a half-decade later. Otherwise, why would the Beatles have received the award again in 1983? On the other hand, see 1986, 1995, and Note #4 below.)

2Inexplicably, whoever makes the decision for this award settled on two winners in 1986. But this, too, defies logic, implicitly suggesting that Wham! was able to achieve in five years what it had taken more than fifteen for Elton. Speaking quite objectively, I don't think so.

3At least this time they gave the award to the entire band before granting it to one of its members on account of untimely death—although, to be honest, I don't see how Freddie deserved this award outside of Queen. Well, aside from that thing about untimely death.

4Maybe they felt bad about making Elton share the award with Wham! nearly a decade earlier—either that or they figured that his having co-written the songs for the phenomenally successful The Lion King the year before constituted a second "Outstanding Contribution to Music."

5I have nothing against the Spice Girls, but c'mon. Ahead of U2? Sting? McCartney? Pet Shop Boys? Hell, ahead of Oasis?—and I don't even like Oasis, though I will concede that "Champagne Supernova" is one honkin' fine piece o' pop music. And while we're talking about acts that I don't particularly like, what about the Rolling Stones? I personally don't care much for them—I can count on my two hands (OK, and maybe one or two of my feet) the number of songs from their vast catalog that I actually like—yet surely they deserve this recognition as much as if not more than at least half of those who have already received it. (Don't make me name them.) Curious things, these awards.

6BPI didn't award an Outstanding Contribution to Music Award (at least in popular music as opposed to the classical field) to anyone in 2011, nor did it do so in the years post-2012, although no explanations have, as far as I know, ever been offered. Maybe they simply felt that in those years nobody made an "outstanding contribution" to music, though I wouldn't have thought that such an award is year-specific in its focus. (Incidentally, it's been mistakenly reported elsewhere that Daniel Miller, founder of Mute Records, received the award in 2011. But his was a different "outstanding contribution" award made not by BPI but by a separate organization, the Music Producers Guild.) Incidentally, it would appear that the award hasn't been made at all since 2012.