09/05/2021 05:00 BST

The 2001 Brit Awards Were Another Action-Packed And Chaotic Year For The Awards Show

Featuring dodgy fashion, A-list stunts and a truly iconic speech from Geri Halliwell.

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Throw some of the biggest names in music in one room together, give them unlimited booze and point some cameras at them – and what you’ve got is a recipe for absolute mayhem.

That’s certainly been the case with the Brit Awards for the last 40 years, where the annual ceremony has sparked countless outrageous moments.

As we get ready for this year’s ceremony – which take place on 11 May – we’re casting our minds back 20 years to one of our favourite Brits ever, back in 2001.

During that iconic year, Eminem crashed the stage clad in a hockey mask and brandishing a chainsaw, but even he was no match for Geri Halliwell let loose with a microphone.

Here are some of our highlights from the 2001 Brits...

Let’s start where all good awards shows begin, the red carpet, where looks included this...

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Emma Bunton


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Caprice Bourret

And, indeed, this... 

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Samantha Mumba

Carol Vorderman also made quite an impression in this ensemble

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Carol Vorderman

And Brits staple Kylie Minogue sported this bedazzled number

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Kylie Minogue

And the gals from Atomic Kitten clearly enjoyed themselves on the red carpet, too

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Liz McClarnon and Natasha Hamilton backstage at the 2001 Brit Awards

Meanwhile, Dane Bowers apparently had an inkling about how the night was going to go down

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He wasn’t wrong, either. Craig David started the night on six nominations, but ended up going home totally empty-handed 

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Craig David makes his way to the Brit Awards in 2001

Craig did get to perform his hit Fill Me In on the night, though, even if he didn’t actually get to win anything

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Craig David performing during the Brit Awards

Other performers on the night included Destiny’s Child (back when Beyoncé used to actually attend the Brits)...

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Destiny's Child brought the fire (literally!) during their 2001 Brit Awards performance

Hear’Say, fresh from topping the charts with their hit Pure And Simple 

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Hear'Say give a very serious rendition of Pure And Simple

And a then-emerging band named Coldplay, making their very first appearance at the Brit Awards

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Chris Martin performing Trouble during the 2001 Brits

However, the performance of the night was undoubtedly Eminem, who made a shocking entrance brandishing a chainsaw 

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Eminem during rehearsals for the 2001 Brit Awards

The performance itself is still considered one of the most popular in Brits history


Eminem’s involvement in the show prompted a backlash over his homophobic lyrics, with LGBTQ rights activists protesting the event. After collecting his award for Best International Male, the rapper hugged his friend Sir Elton John on stage

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Sir Elton John and Eminem on stage at the Brits

Meanwhile, Geri Halliwell presented the Best British Male Award to Robbie Williams, commenting: “According to the press, he’s been giving me one. So let me return the favour...”

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Robbie Williams and Geri Halliwell share a hug at the Brits

Robbie gave a surprisingly heartfelt acceptance speech during one of his three wins that night


And yes, by the way, that’s Ant and Dec on presenting duties. Here they are posing quite unconvincingly ahead of the ceremony...

Ant, Dec and a giant Union Jack guitar for some reason

Madonna was awarded Best International Female, but couldn’t attend, so sent this video featuring then-husband Guy Ritchie instead 


There was some controversy on the night, too, when Oasis’ Noel Gallagher took aim at A1 for winning Best British Breakthrough 


Other winners on the night included Sonique for Best British Female

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Sonique backstage at the 2001 Brit Awards

Fatboy Slim for Best British Dance Act

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Norman Cook of Fatboy Slim poses with his Brit Award

And U2, who closed the show with a medley of their hits after winning Outstanding Contribution To Music (they also gave a shout-out to Craig David with a quick blast of Walking Away during their set) 

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U2 closed the show during the 2001 Brits

And finally, who wants to see the most 2001 image of all time? Yes, it’s Jonathan Wilkes and Robbie Williams backstage at the Brit Awards 

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Robbie Williams and Jonathan Wilkes at the 2001 Brits