The BRITS Awards has just wrapped the 40th year of its making in the UK music scene. Like always, the ceremony was packed with appearances from countless celebrities and artists, along with the remarkable shows from the likes of Mabel, Lewis Capaldi, Stormzy, and Rod Stewart. Capaldi and rapper Dave were the big stars who went home with big prizes last night.
Dave became the biggest artist last night, taking home the most prestigious prize, Best Album, for his debut album Psychodrama. Meanwhile, Scottish vocal powerhouse and comedian Lewis Capaldi was also crowned with the Best Song prize for his mega-hit “Someone You Loved,” which he too confirmed during the speech that is not about his ex-girlfriend but about his late grandmother.
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18-year-old global phenomenon Billie Eilish won International Female Solo Artist. While thanking for the crown, the “bad guy” hitmaker almost bursted into tears from great joy. “I have wanted to say something that I was thinking like two seconds ago,” she said. “I’ve felt very hated recently. And when I was on the stage and I saw you guys smiling at me, it genuinely made me want to cry and I want to cry right now, so thank you.” That moment was probably the very first time Eilish was highly emotional on stage despite her receiving a plethora of awards prior to the BRITS.
Another impressive achievement belongs to Mabel. She was named British Female Solo Artist last night, while her mother Neneh Cherry took her own trophies back home 30 years ago.
Below are the lists of the winners.
- Dave – Psychodrama
- Stormzy – Heavy Is The Head
- Michael Kiwanuka – KIWANUKA
- Lewis Capaldi – Divinely Uninspired to a Hellish Extent
- Harry Styles – Fine Line
Best British female
- Freya Ridings
- FKA Twigs
- Charli XCX
Best British male
- Harry Styles
- Lewis Capaldi
- Michael Kiwanuka
Best British group
- Bring Me The Horizon
- D-Block Europe
Best new artist
- Lewis Capaldi
- Sam Fender
- Lewis Capaldi – “Someone You Loved”
- Ed Sheeran & Justin Bieber – “I Don’t Care”
- Mabel – “Don’t Call Me Up”
- Calvin Harris ft Rag ‘N’ Bone Man – “Giant”
- Dave ft Burna Boy – “Location”
- Mark Ronson ft Miley Cyrus – “Nothing Breaks Like a Heart”
- AJ Tracey – “Ladbroke Grove”
- Tom Walker – “Just You and I”
- Sam Smith ft Normani – “Dancing with a Stranger”
- Stormzy – “Vossi Bop”
- Billie Eilish
- Ariana Grande
- Camila Cabello
- Lana Del Rey
- Tyler, The Creator
- Bruce Springsteen
- Burna Boy
- Dermot Kennedy
- Post Malone
Rising star award
- Joy Crookes
Elsewhere in the ceremony, there were a string of remarkable performances from huge stars. Stormzy, to begin with, brought Burna Boy and Tiana Major9 together with dancers and choirs for his singles from Heavy Is the Head. Mabel and Dave were also performing, and their shows received much praise for creating diversity for the awards. Furthermore, Celeste who won Rising Star Award belted out “Strange”, her single that put the singer to fame.
International acts, namely Billie Eilish and Lizzo, also impressed the audience with their songs. As Eilish debuted the live performance of James Bond’s theme song “No Time to Die”, Lizzo did a mash-up of her smash hits which brought extreme fun for the night.
Despite delightful shows and great politically inspirational speeches from the artists, this year’s BRITS awards has been criticised for its lack of gender balance from the nominations which were dominated by male artists.