62-year old Robin had been unwell for some time and died in a Chelsea hospital last night with his wife, 2 sons and daughter at his bedside as they had been for the last few weeks. Robin’s brother Barry, now the only remaining brother, had recently returned to America. His twin brother Maurice died in 2003 after complications following an operation to correct an intestinal blockage and younger brother Andy, who was not part of the Bee Gees but a successful singer in his own right, died in 1988 from heart failure at the age of 30. Robin had found it particularly difficult to come to terms with the death of his twin in 2003, describing him as “part of the fabric of my life”.
Robin and his brothers sold over 200 million records and had many hots over a music career lasting more than half a century. As well as all the Bee Gees hit records the brothers were also responsible for many other hit records for artists such as Barbra Streisand, Frankie Valli, Celine Dion, Dionne Warwick and Diana Ross. These hits included records such as Heartbreaker, Chain Reaction, Grease and Woman In Love.
The music world has given many, many tributes over the few hours including this one from respected music journalist and DJ Paul Gambaccini:
“Everyone should be aware that the Bee Gees are second only to Lennon and McCartney as the most successful songwriting unit in British popular music.
“Their accomplishments have been monumental. Not only have they written their own number one hits, but they wrote huge hit records for Barbra Streisand, Diana Ross, Dionne Warwick, Celine Dion, Destiny’s Child, Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers, the list goes on and on.”
“He was one of the important figures in the history of British music – and I mean of all time, I don’t mean just the last few years or the rock era, I mean of all time.”
She won Top Artist, Top Female Artist, Top Streaming Song and Top Album amongst others but was not there to collect her awards. She is really on a roll at the moment as she just won the Ivor Novello Songwriter of the Year Award last week.
Other winners on the night included Coldplay who picked up 4 awards including Top Rock Artist. Other non-British winners were Taylor Swift and Justin Bieber.
Bieber performed his new track Boyfriend accompanied by dancers dressed as clowns and neon geisha girls. He won the award for most social artist, thanks to his 22 million Twitter followers and 43 million Facebook fans, saying “the internet is where I got my start”.
Other musical highlights included Stevie Wonder performing 2 songs and receiving an Icon Award and John Legend and Jordin Sparks performing a tribute to Whitney Houston.
Amongst the non-musical highlights the top talking point of the evening was the appearance of Miley Cyrus in a white jacket and probably wearing no more with it than a thong and a pair of zebra coloured heels. Her grown-up braless outfit certainly turned some heads.
Other fashion winners on the evening included Alicia Key who wore a Azzedine Alaia Couture gown. Amber Rose was clearly keen to make an impression as she almost came out of the top of her tight dress but could not match Miley or Alicia in the style stakes.