Last night was the night of the biggest Music awards ceremony in the UK and the world. The BRIT awards certainly shifted up a gear and lived up to the hype. Hosted by Ant and Dec, the famous faces of the Music world came together to celebrate each others success stories from the past year.
The evening was full of star studded performances from Coldplay, Justin Bieber, Jess Glynne, James Bay, The Weeknd, Rhianna and Adele, tears and laughter as the winners of the glorious BRITS was announced and even more laughter when Ant ended up wearing a dress as part of his “costume change”. It certainly was a night to remember!
It all started off with a performance from the Wonderful Coldplay. Performing their latest release “Hymn For The Weekend” they definitely opened the show with a bang. Thankfully, they didn’t get their table destroyed this time. The other performers certainly had something to live up to after this one.
Their performance was followed by the announcement of the winner for Best British Female. Despite the list of incredible nominees, the winner of this one was going to be obvious, Adele picked up this one which would be her first of four awards for the evening. This speech went a lot better than Adele’s last Brits appearance because she didn’t get cut off,she’s learnt to keep it short and sweet.
Following the first award of the night, there was a performance from Mr. Justin Bieber, he sung two songs, both from his latest album “Purpose”. He even invited fellow musician James Bay to play guitar for his first song. I realised how much James resembles Bieber’s actual guitarist from a distance! I thought the performance overall was average, but having Bay on guitar was certainly a nice touch.
The next award was then announced following Bieber’s performance. Best Male Solo which was presented by Kylie Manaogue, and it was deservedly won by the talented James Bay. I think he deserved this award the most out of all of the nominees, although I predicted Calvin Harris, I should’ve changed my decision before posting.
After a short advertisement break, because I wasn’t lucky enough to be in the audience, there came the award for Best International Group. This one was picked up by Australian band “Tame Impala”, I haven’t really heard much of these guys so I can’t really comment as to wether they deserved the award or not, although I thought U2 were definite winners. Tame Impala seemed to have trouble working out which way to face for the camera which was entertaining to witness I must admit, the whole “which way am I looking?” fiasco seemed to continue throughout the rest of the ceremony.
After this interesting, and slightly disappointing awards acceptance and speech from Tame Impala, we were treated to another live performance. This time we were entertained by the wonderful Jess Glynne, this young lady was nominated for a few awards last night too! I think this performance was the only performance besides Colplay’s that I actually enjoyed so far, Jess clearly has a bright future in Music.
A great show so far! I definitely enjoyed a lot of the performances in the first half of the evening!
The next award to be announced was Best British Single. This was Adele’s second award of the night which she won due to her single “Hello” which was off of her latest album “25”. So far, so good with Adele not blundering any of her speeches! But not for long!
This was followed by another award announcement which was Best British Group. Coldplay deservedly won this one, they’ve certainly come back with a bang after taken a brief hiatus. They have returned with a new, modernised sound, it took me a while to get used to the new Coldplay but after listening I found that I actually enjoyed their new twist, you’ve got to keep up with the latest trends after all! They did antagonise some One Direction fans when lead singer Chris Martin signed each member of Coldplay off as a member of One Direction as they left the stage.
We then had another appearance from last years Critics Choice winner James Bay, this time he was doing a solo set and he smashed it out of the water as he always does, he certainly showed the audience why he deserved to win Best Male Solo this year. I really respected the fact that every instrument he used was live too! There aren’t many musicians in today’s industry that do that.
We then had the announcement for Best International Male. This was claimed naturally by Canadian, Justin Bieber. This was his first ever Brit award and I’m sure there are many to come. I must say, he didn’t exactly dress for an awards ceremony which I was shocked by, it was a black tie event, maybe Justin didn’t get that memo.
Next we had a performance from Rhianna and Drake. I’m going to be totally honest here, the performance was complete and utter garbage! It actually made me angry knowing that there were talented artists scratching and clawing for a record deal and then there was this performance from Rhianna repeating the same words over and over again! I don’t see how this was even allowed to be released or how people were cheering instead of booing during this performance, she really has gone down hill! By far the worst moment on this years Brits!
Once the performance thankfully finished, we had another award. This time it was British Breakthrough, this one was captured by Catfish And The Bottlemen. This was another band that I hadn’t really heard much from in terms of their music, but after checking them out briefly I can agree that they did deserve that award above the other nominees, James Bay was my favourite to win this one but he ended up winning Best British Male so all is fair.
The next award was unexpected and I didn’t know about it so didn’t make any prediction for it. The award I’m referring to is The Global Success Award. This award is given to the artist that has had the most of global success within the previous year (2015). Naturally, the award was won by the incredible Adele, this was awarded after her crazy success with her latest album “25”.
The way this award was presented was really cool too! As it was called The Global Success award, it made perfect sense to present it from outer space, right? and that’s exactly what happened! The genius production team over at ITV got ahold of Major Tim Peake via satellite and he was able to present Adele with the award literally from outer space! It made Adele cry and swear! This has got to be the coolest moment of the Brits without a doubt!
Adele sure is cleaning house with the awards this year and it’s no surprise!
After Adele’s emotional meltdown and Tim Peakes satellite appearance, things shifted back to the performance side of the Brits with a set from X Factor finalists turned female supergroup “Little Mix”. I actually enjoyed their performance and can commend their level of performance integrity to some extent. This is because despite the fact that they were dancing, they were able to sing without having to mime (that much). The reason I added that bracket in there was because they decided to mime the choruses, there was no need to do this at all, they could’ve just minimised the dance routine.
We then moved on to the International Female Solo, this one had an unexpected turn out for me with winner being, Bjork. I haven’t really listened to any of her music if I’m honest and I didn’t think she would get that award. I was caught between Meghan Trainor and Ariana Grande to be the winner. Bjork’s acceptance speech also ended up being via satellite because she couldn’t make the ceremony for whatever reason.
After Bjork’s acceptance speech, we were treated to a tribute to the late Music legend David Bowie. The tribute consisted of speeches from Annie Lennox and Gary Oldman and an incredible musical tribute from Lorde. Lorde performed a spell-bounding rendition of one of Bowie’s greatest hits “Life On Mars”, she sung with her incredible vocals whilst backed by musicians who had played with Bowie for years who done their stuff behind her.
This entire tribute to Bowie was incredibly emotional and touching to watch, it is clear that the industry is still in mourning for one of their leaders. It’s no surprise either, Bowie’s death left a mark on all musical and non-musical people around the world, including myself, he didn’t influence my music as such, but I knew who he was and had huge respect for him and his work.
Anyone performing after the tribute certainly had an extremely tough act to follow. Thankfully, no one had to stress over a follow up performance straight away as we had the presentation for Best Artist Video. The award was one by One Direction for their music video of “Drag Me Down”.
Following One Direction’s acceptance, we had a performance from up and coming artist, The Weeknd. I wasn’t completely blown away with his performance to be fair. Obviously, everyone sounds amazing on a studio record, but I was really hoping for something more than we got when watching his performance, disappointed is an understatement and it’s a shame really, I’ve always liked The Weeknd’s music. It just goes to show that you don’t always get live, what you hear on a record.
After The Weeknd’s anti-climactic performance, we got to witness the final and biggest award of the night, the award that every artist seated at The Brit’s wants to win! the Mastercard Album Of The Year! I’ll give you three guesses as to who won? Of Course it was Adele with her most successful album yet “25”. This album is honestly incredible, a track by track CD of genius that more than deserves Album Of The Year!
And Finally, the night ended in spectacular and perfect fashion with a flawless performance from the FOUR TIME Brit winner Adele! she performed her latest single from “25”, “When We Were Young”. It was the perfect way to end the perfect show! I really enjoyed watching and writing about this years BRIT awards and I cannot wait until the next ceremony!