The Spice Girls are enshrined in Brit Awards history thanks to the minuscule Union Jack dress that Ginger Spice wore to perform with the group in 1997. Three years later, though, Ginger (now calling herself ‘Geri Halliwell’) was a Spice Girl no longer – she’d launched a solo career, and had been booked to play live at the Brits, where the Spice Girls were due to pick up an Outstanding Contribution trophy.
The four remaining Spices accepted the award without Halliwell, who instead decided to totally upstage them by performing her new single ‘Bag It Up’ while pole dancing on top of a giant Union Jack-patterned vagina and a pile of greasy men in bucket hats. It took another seven years before Sporty, Baby, Posh and Scary could bring themselves to sing with her again.
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