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From Adele to Paul McCartney and from Madonna to Ed Sheeran, the BRIT Certified Platinum, Gold and Silver Awards have long been presented to music artists to celebrate milestones of achievement for both singles and albums.
About BRIT Certified
Originally introduced in 1973, more than 18,000 awards have been issued to date during their illustrious six decade history. Every BPI certified award disc now boasts an individually-numbered, unique hologram to authenticate each certified award and enhance the look of the framed presentation disc itself. The highly coveted Awards are THE way of commemorating UK success for the artists and the teams that support them.
Silver, Gold and Platinum levels of success are measured by the awards scheme (see 'Award Levels' section for thresholds). Recordings can also attain Multiple certification status – for example, an album that has achieved 3 milllion chart sales is denoted as having gone 10x Platinum. Since 2014 (Singles) and 2015 (Albums) the programme has reflected consumption through audio streaming and in April 2018 the certifications were rebranded from the BPI Awards to the BRIT Certified Awards, with eligibility for video streams added for singles shortly afterwards.
The prestigious new BRIT Billion award, launched in May 2023, celebrates and acknowledges outstanding achievement in recorded music by surpassing the landmark of one billion career UK streams – as calculated by the Official Charts Company. An extension of the existing BRIT Certified scheme and its iconic Platinum, Gold, and Silver tiers, BRIT Billion recognises an artist’s combined success across multiple projects. The One Billion career total will include tracks an artist has appeared on either as the principal performer or as a featured artist, as credited by the Official Charts.