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Becky Hill calls receiving a BRIT Billion Award “wild”

By | Published on Thursday 15 June 2023

Becky Hill

Becky Hill has become the latest artist to receive one of those BRIT Billion awards from the BPI, marking one billion UK streams of her music. The record label trade body announced this morning that it handed her one of its BRIT Billion trophies backstage before her performance at Manchester’s Parklife Festival on Sunday.

“One billion streams of my music in the UK – wild”, she says. “This year marks my eleventh year in the music industry and for eight of them I dreamed of ‘breaking the UK’. I think this award signifies that goal being achieved!”

“Thanks to the songwriters and producers that created this music with me over the years”, she adds. “And thanks to you music lovers for listening and dancing! Now for the rest of the world!”

Sixteen acts have now received the new award, which was formally introduced last month. They include Abba, Coldplay, Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, AJ Tracey, Headie One, Anne-Marie, Ellie Goulding, George Ezra, Lewis Capaldi, Raye, Rita Ora, James Arthur and Sam Smith.

Last week, Years & Years’ Olly Alexander was presented with his trophy backstage at the Mighty Hoopla festival. “My brain can’t comprehend one billion streams in the UK”, he said. “How is it possible?! It’s an amazing feeling, honestly. Thank you to all my listeners and supporters – I literally love you!”

You may have noticed a theme emerging here. Expect to see more of these prizes dished out as the UK’s festival season continues.