The one night of the year in Britain when the A-list can gather and let loose – yes the annual Brit Awards were held on Wednesday night at London’s O2 Arena, and the night was packed with a few let’s say ‘typical Brit Awards moments’. For those of you who didn’t watch the ceremony, James Corden and Nick Grimshaw kissed… again for the second year in a row (the joke is over guys), Alex Turner tried to be as rock ‘n’ roll as he could and dropped a microphone on the floor, whilst Harry Styles went AWOL during One Direction’s acceptance speech, it subsequently turns out he was ‘having a wee’ in the toilet (yeah right Harry!).
Prince graced us with his presence for the first time since 1995 and presented Ellie Goulding with her Female Solo Artist Award. However David Bowie didn’t bother to show up despite winning the British Male Solo Artist Award, and to quote Noel Gallagher: “he’s too cool for this sh*t”. Luckily enough Kate Moss graciously accepted the award on his behalf wearing his Ziggy Stardust outfit with a message from Bowie that included a plea for Scottish voters to refuse independence in September’s referendum.
Other big wins included the Arctic Monkeys with their MasterCard British Album of the Year Award, One Direction won both the Global Success Award (shock horror) and Best Video with ‘Best Song Ever’ (not ironic at all), whilst Bastille were named as Best Breakthrough Act, and Daft Punk was awarded the International Group Prize which was collected by Nile Rodgers.
Performances included Beyonce with her new single ‘XO‘ live on stage as a last minute surprise edition to the line-up, as well as Katy Perry, Arctic Monkeys, Rudimental, Pharrell and Nile Rodgers.
Here’s the roundup of all the winners…
British Male Solo Artist: David Bowie
British Female Solo Artist: Ellie Goulding
British Group: Arctic Monkeys
British Breakthrough Act: Bastille
Critics’ Choice (already awarded): Sam Smith
British Single: Rudimental featuring Ella Eyre – Waiting All Night
British Album Of The Year: Arctic Monkeys – AM
British Video Of The Year: One Direction – Best Song Ever
International Male Solo Artist: Bruno Mars
International Female Solo Artist: Lorde
International Group: Daft Punk
Global Success Award: One Direction