The Brit Awards have finally taken place. The star-studded event boasted of some sizzling performances, emotional speeches, touching tributes, and some great red carpet fashion highs. Ant and Dec hosted the awards show which boasted of performances by Justin Bieber, Rihanna, Drake, Coldplay, Adele, James Bay, The Weeknd, Little Mix, and Jess Glynne.
The highlight of the awards, considered as the UK equvivalent of the Grammys, was the tribute given to the iconic David Bowie. Annie Lenox and Gary Oldman gave touching speeches in honour of Bowie, whereas New Zealand’s Lorde performed with Bowie’s band to a standing ovation. As always, ANN gets you all the action that took place at O2 in London.
Justin Bieber gave the most stunning performance of the day. The singer, who won the International Male Solo Artist Award, gave an energetic performance against the backdrop of energetic dancers and leaping flames. His rendition of “Love Yourself” and “Sorry” set the temperatures soaring. James Bay made a special appearance to play the guitar to Bieber’s version of “Love Yourself,” reveals Irish Examiner. However, despite acing the stage, the Canadian singer stumbled when he forgot lyrics to his own songs, reveals OK!
Rihanna gave one saucy performance with Drake. E! News informs that Rihanna returned to the Brit stage after a four-year gap, having last performed at the Brit Awards in 2012. Things got going when Drake came onstage. Those present believe that their live performance was the sexiest ever, even better than their “Work” video.
Next was Coldplay who gave another great performance after the Super Bowl. Beyonce’s absence did not dampen their spirits as they performed their latest hit, “Hymn for the Weekend.” Coldplay entertained the audience not just with their music, but also with extra jazz. Petals dropped from the ceiling as they performed. Even Chris Martin’s piano was decorated with flowers, reveals Billboard.
19-year-old Lorde took to the stage to sing “Life on Mars” as a tribute to David Bowie. She was supported by Bowie’s band from his last tour. David Bowie’s band consisted of bassist Gail Ann Dorsey, pianist Mike Garson, drummer Sterling Campbell, keyboardist Catherine Russell and guitarists Earl Slick and Gerry Leonard. According to Rolling Stone, the band started out with a medley of Bowie’s songs and Lorde joined them to perform while bathed in red light. She received a standing ovation from the audience as she ended her performance by clutching her heart.
Adele swept the Brit Awards this year and closed the show with her rendition of “When We Were Young.” This is her first performance after the Grammy debacle, but her performance for this show was flawless. It was a big night for the “Hello” singer who took home four awards including British Female Solo Artist, British Album of the Year, British Single, and the Global Success Award. She managed to sneak in a cursed word amidst sobs during her emotional acceptance speech when accepted the Global Success Award during the night, reveals Billboard. She also took the opportunity to show her support to Kesha.
The following are the winners at the Brit Awards held at the O2 on February 24.
British Female Solo Artist: Adele
British Male Solo Artist: James Bay
British Group: Coldplay
British Breakthrough Act: Catfish and the Bottlemen
British Producer of the Year: Charlie Andrew
British Single: Adele, “Hello”
Mastercard British Album of the Year: Adele, “25”
British Artist Video of the Year: One Direction, “Drag Me Down”
International Male Solo Artist: Justin Bieber
International Female Solo Artist: Björk
International Group: Tame Impala
Critics’ Choice Award: Jack Garratt
BRITs Global Success Award: Adele