Coldplay are a British rock band formed in 1996 by lead vocalist Chris Martin and lead guitarist Jonny Buckland at
University College London.
After they formed under the name Pectoralz, Guy Berryman joined the group as a bassist and they changed their
name to Starfish.
Will Champion joined as a drummer, backing vocalist, and multi-instrumentalist, completing the
line-up. Manager Phil Harvey is often considered an unofficial fifth member.
The band renamed themselves "Coldplay" in 1998.
London, United Kingdom
Alternative rock, post-Britpop
R.E.M, Echo and the Bunnymen, Bob Dylan, The Flaming Lips, Johnny Cash and Kraftwerk
Chris Martin and Jonny Buckland were roommates with Tim Crompton who also had a band.
Crompton's band changed names frequently and one of the names his band discarded was 'The Coldplay.'
Crompton let the guys of 'Starfish' have it and they became Coldplay.
Crompton originally got the name from, "Child's Reflections, Cold Play," a 1997 collection
by American poet Philip Horky.
Guy Berryman -
bass, backing vocals, harmonica, mandolin, acoustic guitar (1996-present)
Jonny Buckland -
lead guitar, backing vocals, percussion (1996-present)
Will Champion -
drums, backing vocals, rhythm guitar, piano (1996-present)
Chris Martin -
lead vocals, piano, rhythm guitar, keyboards (1996-present)
Brit Awards for Best British Group and Best British Album
NME Carling Awards for Best New Artist, Best Single, and Session of the Year (for a live appearance on a BBC show)
Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Performance (Parachutes)
MTV Europe Music Award for Best UK & Ireland Act
Grammy Awards for Best Rock Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group ("In My Place") and for Best Alternative Music Performance (A Rush Of Blood To The Head
MTV Video Music Awards for Best Group Video, Breakthrough Video, and Best Direction (Jamie
MTV Europe Award for Best Group
Grammy Award for Record of the Year ("Clocks")
BT Digital Music Award for Best Artist Download "2000 Miles"
BT Digital Music Award for Best Campaign "X&Y"
BT Digital Music Award for People's Choice Award - Official site www.coldplay.com
MTV Europe Awards for Best Song ("Speed Of Sound").
Brit Awards for Best British Single ("Speed Of Sound") and MasterCard British Album.
Juno Award for International Album of the Year (X&Y).
Grammy Award for Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals: Viva La Vida
Grammy Award for Rock Album: Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends
Grammy Award for Song of the Year: Viva La Vida
Juno Award for INTERNATIONAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR "Viva La Vida"