This week we saw musicians, celebrities & everyone in between gather at The O2 Arena for The Brit Awards. The mood for the night was set by the Arctic Monkeys, performing some of the hits from their latest album in front of a giant flaming logo. Carrying on with the pyrotechnics, James Corden turned up to present the Brits for what may be the last time… On fire! Taking a break from performing secret, monster length shows throughout the UK, Prince and his new all-female outfit, 3RDEYEGIRL, presented the first award of the night. After a quick selfie with Corden, fully confirming that a selfie can be taken anywhere, the prize went to Ellie Goulding for best female solo artist.
Following a neon clad Katy Perry performance, music ledgends Kylie and Pharrell graced the stage to announce the Best International Male Solo Artist…..Bruno Mars! He was on stage performing a brass heavy version of ‘treasure’ shortly before Bastille walked away with a deserved British Breakthrough award. James Corden carried on his hosting duties by making awkward jokes with One Direction- always brave knowing what some of the One Direction fans are like!
The Best British Group was taken away by Brit favourites The Arctic Monkeys for the third time. They also walked away with the Best British Album gong… also for the third time, cementing their status as one of the best bands around at the moment. The Global success award was then won by One Direction, although Harry Styles was missing from the stage (apparently having a wee?! Really??).
Beyonce followed the announcements with an intimate version of her track ‘XO’ from her new visual album, and then it was back to the awards! Katy Perry announced the winners for Best British Single – London lads Rudimental with Waiting All Night! Rudimental performed a huge mash up with award winners Bastille later on in the night which the fans loved. Later on, Lorde took to the stage with Disclosure for an awesome new version of Royals, seamlessly mixed into their track, White Noise. The 17 year old singer also walked away with Best International Female later on in the evening!
Daft Punk then took away the award for Best International Group; unfortunately the robots couldn’t be there so music legend Nile Rodgers picked it up for them. We were then launched into a performance involving, a lot of guitars, pianos, tom drums and dancing thanks to award winner, Ellie Goulding. Next up was the award for Best Video, but this time the winner was chosen by the fans: participants had to write #brits and their chosen nominee on twitter throughout the night to enter. With a huge 17.5million follower fan base, it’s no wonder that One Direction took away the award! And yes, Harry Styles was finally done pissing to pick up the award this time.
Another big award of the evening was British Male Solo Artist, which was won by the prolific music icon David Bowie, following the succesful release of his 2013 Album, ‘The Next Day’. Pharrell Williams rounded up the evening with a ‘Happy’ medley with Nile Rodgers and Northern Soul. Pharrell also announced earlier in the evening that his new album ‘G I R L’ would be released in March.
All in all, despite no massive surprises, the Brits was a great show, and a big reminder that when it comes to music, the UK is still one of the best places in the world for it!
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