Last night saw one of the biggest nights in music as the annual BRIT Awards took to London, celebrating the best in music and signalling a sesh for everybody invited. A night in which legend Elton John referred to the Global Recognition award winner Ed Sheeran as ‘Ed Sherán’, Este from Haim managed to steal the camera’s limelight with her quirky and quite frankly, hilarious performance sat behind Cheryl Cole, Jack Whitehall was actually pretty funny with his witty and relevant banter and some incredible acts gave some sensational performances. So while the stars of the show nurse their inevitable hangovers, we’re going to look back at some of the highlights from the night - because there are quite a lot.
Claiming awards for both Best British Breakthrough and Best British Female, BRIT sophomore Dua Lipa showed the ceremony the importance of celebrating yourself in her first acceptance speech. “Here’s to many more women on this stage, and here’s to women taking over the world” she exclaimed, before completing an exceptional performance of her single “New Rules”.
The Oasis singer gave a moving performance of ‘Live Forever’ in honour of those lost in last year’s shocking terrorist attack in his hometown of Manchester. The tribute rendition had the majority of his audience elevated and singing along.
The young kiwi star bagged the prize for Best International Female and although she couldn’t be present, left an endearing video message for fans that thanked everyone and she was so excited she even sang a bit of Green Light in sheer gratitude.
After being crowned Best International Male, surpassing the likes of Drake and Childish Gambino, K.Dot offered a live rendition of his newest collaboration with Rich The Kid, ‘New Freezer’. While the majority of his performance was muted, the production levels were unparalleled as the Compton rapper lay on top of a glass box containing a very nice car, that was smashed half way through the set.
Last but definitely not least, the UK’s current grime pioneer was celebrated in the best way, by bagging both Best British Male and Best Album for his debut Gang Signs and Prayers. During his closing performance, Stormzy performed a never-been-heard before freestyle rap, which took a political turn as he addressed the Grenfell tragedy, the treatment of people of colour and how there needs to be more celebration for their successes. Last night was a good start and there’s no denying that this will go down in music history.
You can catch all of these acts this year, Stormzy will be headlining this year’s sold out Wireless Festival in his native London, as well as at his own self-curated festival at Ibiza Rocks Hotel, #MERKY. Both Liam Gallagher and Lorde take to Manchester’s Parklife Festival in Heaton Park this June and with Dua Lipa and Kendrick Lamar heading to Leeds Festival on August bank holiday weekend, there’s no excuses to miss out on this BRIT talent.
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