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BRITs 2016: All you need to know
With one of the biggest line-ups to date, combined with the fact it is Ant & Dec’s last time hosting the event, we couldn’t help but be glued to our screens as the 2016 BRITs kicked off.
Taking place at the iconic venue, The O2, the star-studded event kicked off with a performance from Coldplay with their new single ‘Hymn For The Weekend’. Although we were missing the Queen B, Chris Martin and the boys did not disappoint. With incredible vocals, a colourful performance and an amazing piano (where can I get one of those?), the boys ended their performance by covering the whole of The O2 in confetti.
The band then went on to win Best British Group, their ninth BRIT Award in total and their fourth in the same category with Chris dedicating the award ‘to all the people in refugee camps around the world, they could be us and we could be them.’
But that wasn’t the last of Coldplay for the night with the band performing at the Passport to BRITs Week together with O2, fundraising for War Child’s vital work at providing protection to children whose lives are torn apart by conflict. The show took place at the intimate venue indigo, with red carpet attendences including Maisie Williams, Caspar Lee, Conor Maynard, Luke Evans, Alicia Rountree, Alesha Dixon, Louis Smith and many more.
Other incredible performances of the night included Little Mix performing ‘Black Magic’, proving to the audience why they are one of the most successful acts to come out of The X Factor with their flawless vocals.
We were also treated to a medley from Jess Glynne (and her HUGE red hair) combining various number one hits such as ‘Ain’t Got Far To Go’, ‘Don’t Be So Hard On Yourself’ and ‘Hold My Hand’.
Other acts included Rihanna performing her hit single ‘Work’ from her new album accompanied by a surprise appearance from the one and only Drake. We also had a performance from the Weeknd with ‘The Hills’, and finally James Bay performing ‘Hold Back the River’.
A surprise for the night was when our very own Justin Bieber took to the stage with the amazing James Bay on guitar to perform the number 1 hit ‘Love Yourself’. This incredible vocal performance was swiftly followed by the single ‘Sorry’ which reminded us of Justin’s elaborate dancing skills in front of a fire wall with a group of backing dancers. From the crowd going wild within the O2, to us dancing in our living rooms only wishing we were there, this tune certainly got the nation going.
With an incredible performance under their belt, the night turned out to be even more successful for the two boys with James Bay winning British Male Solo Artist, and Justin taking International Male Solo Artist.
The true winner of the night however, was the amazing Adele. With 4 BRIT nominations, Adele was crowned with best British Female Solo Artist, best British Single, best British Album of the Year and the Global Success Award. The emotional singer thanked fans for warmly receiving her after being away for so long, before taking to the stage in an incredible sequence dress to perform her new single ‘When We Were Young’.
However, the most emotional performance of the night was Lorde’s tribute to the amazing David Bowie who sadly passed away from Cancer last month.
With his good friend’s Annie Lennox and Gary Oldman taking the stage, the pair delivered an emotional and heart-warming tribute to David Bowie, reminding the nation of his positive outlook and describing him as the ‘sweetest soul ever’. The tribute was closed by Lorde, who described David Bowie as ‘the future of music’, and paid a musical tribute to the late star with a rendition of ‘Life On Mars’ against a montage of images of Bowie. A truly stunning and emotional performance, we’ve lost count of how many times we’ve listened to this song since it was performed last night. Be sure to check out the video below, and to specifically see Lorde’s performance of ‘Life On Mars’ skip to 8:55.
And what is any awards ceremony without looking at some of the outfits?
Check out our two favourite choices below with Laura Whitemore and Kylie Manogue slayin’ at this year’s BRIT awards.
Who wore your favourite outfit? Were there any blunders? Let us know in the comments below!