Placeholder text or band name? Guardian corrects confusion

A Guardian report about the Brit Awards included an error resulting from a band named the xx, an album called xx, and placeholder text marked "XX":

Arctic Monkeys performed their song R U Mine at the Brit awards, not Do I Wanna Know? as we said in early editions (Starman shines all the young dudes, 20 February, page 3). The report also said "XX … won the best video award voted for live on the night by fans on social media". "XX" was not, as some might have thought, a miscapitalised reference to the xx – the band whose debut album, xx, won the Mercury prize in 2010 – but a piece of placeholder text that was intended to be replaced by the name of the winning band when it was announced. As the version of the report in later editions said, the best video award went to One Direction.

  • Craig Silverman

    Craig Silverman ( is an award-winning journalist and the founder of Regret the Error, a blog that reports on media errors and corrections, and trends regarding accuracy and verification.


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