Brit Awards pay tribute to convicted killer and producer Phil Spector

THE Brit Awards have paid tribute to convicted killer Phil Spector on it’s In Memoriam page.

The Wall Of Sound producer died at the start of this year, at the age of 81, following complications due to Covid.

He had been had been serving a 19-year sentence in prison for the murder of Lana Clarkson.

He fatally shot the actress in the mouth in 2003, but escaped conviction until 2009.

There will not be an In Memoriam section during the live show on Tuesday evening, however bosses decided to include him on the website.

His tribute reads:  “American record producer, songwriter and pioneer of the iconic ‘Wall of Sound’, who will equally be remembered for his conviction for murder of the actress Lana Clarkson.

“Spector collaborated with many greats, including The Beatles individually and as a band, producing Let it Be and Imagine, The Righteous Brothers, Leonard Cohen and The Ronettes.”

Tuesday’s night’s show is part of the Government’s Events Research Programme, which examines the risk of Covid transmission at public events to work out ways to hold them safely — so the Brits may set a precedent for all impending indoor UK music shows.

It will see some of the biggest names of music come together, including Taylor Swift who is set to win the Global Icon award, given to stars whose music has made a lasting impact on British culture.

In previous years almost 20,000 people would pack the O2, but this year’s crowd is far more limited.

Of the mere 4,000 tickets available, organisers handed out 2,500 free to key workers who entered a ballot, created on a dedicated website in just five days, with successful entrants getting a ticket for themselves plus one guest.

On the floor, artists and nominees will sit at far fewer tables, though with the usual free alcohol and snacks.

While nominees are normally surrounded by their assistants and loved ones, this year each one will sit at a table with just one other person, so most tables will be occupied by just two people.

The Brit Awards is on ITV tonight at 8pm

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