Did we like it?
A sanitised, bland recap on this year’s chart action was only slightly redeemed by some good performances from a rock-dominated roster of acts.
What was good about it?
* The delightfully slapdash performance by Fratellis of Chelsea Dagger, one of our favourite hits of 2006
• Scissor Sisters were entertaining when performing and when facing dimwit questions from Vernon Kay.
• Razorlight were good, too, but America didn’t need augmenting with a screechy choir
• Sue Perkins’ bitchy round-ups of the year’s music events
What was bad about it?
• Vernon Kay spluttering more unmerited superlatives than even Fearne Cotton has managed in a career of bigging up bands.
• The hideous, unfunny chats between Kay and smug pug Chris Moyles
• Kasabian’s performance was good; their frontman’s utterances weren’t eg “We’ve been together nearly 10 years next year” and “We carry this charisma.”
• Jamiroquai are totally irrelevant in the 2006 music scene yet they opened the show (albeit with 1997 hit Cosmic Girl)
• On the day that Tony Blair was banging on about multiculturalism, it was rather ironic, not to say sinister, that black performers failed to feature, apart from the obligatory jibe about Jacko and a quick glimpse of Lionel Richie
• The Top 20 best-selling acts of the year chart didn’t seem to be based on reality, comprising (from top to bottom) Scissor Sisters, Arctic Monkeys, Gnarls Barkley, The Killers, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Shayne Ward, Corinne Bailey Rae (not Ray you stupid ITV caption writers), Keane, Snow Patrol, Razorlight, Justin Timberlake, Sandi Thom, James Morrison, Lily Allen, Fratellis, Muse, Kasabian, Christine Aguilera, Shakira and Robbie Williams.