Iron Maiden win Best British Live Act at BRITs
Iron Maiden won the Best British Live Act at the BRIT Awards 2009 on February 18. Maiden was not able to attend, because they are on tour, so they delivered their acceptance speech via message by video link-up.
Iron Maiden were one of the surprise winners on the night, benefiting from a public vote via Radio 2 to win the best live act category ahead of Coldplay, Elbow, the Verve and Scouting For Girls. The band’s manager Rod Smallwood said in a statement: “This has to be good for metal, I don’t think many BRIT Awards have been given to metal so it’s about time it was recognised for the creative force it is. Metal and Maiden have long thrived outside the mainstream media and radio so I am sure our fans will be very pleased about this and, let’s face it, they are the ones who voted in droves and the ones we have to thank.”