I’ve finally caught up on this years Brit awards and it was a pretty good show. I do love the Brits! It reminds me of being a kid and settling in to watch with my family. There have been some memorable moments for good and bad reasons in the Brits history. From Sam Fox and Mick Fleetwood doing the worst hosting job ever, to Jarvis Cocker storming the stage during Michael Jackson’s performance, to last year when Adele’s acceptance speech was cut short. What would happen this year? Host James Corden kept things moving and there didn’t seem to be any mishaps…….unfortunately. That’s what you want from an Award Ceremony isn’t it? Celebrities getting drunk, storming the stage or making an insane acceptance speech. Thank you Alex Turner for making the second of the two happen this year.
In recent years the Brit award itself has been designed by some of the greats in British design and this year, despite it resembling a cross between a lightsaber and a pizza cutter it was in fact created by hat designer Philip Treacy. Unlike the Grammy’s (see past post) with their endless list of useless categories us British are predictably more reserved with a concise 13 gongs being given away to, in the most part, deserving winners. This means the Brits are still THE award to win in British popular music so here’s who left the O2 with a little something new for their mantle piece;
British Male Solo Artist – David Bowie
British Female Solo Artist – Ellie Goulding
British Group – Arctic Monkeys
British Breakthrough Act – Bastille
British Single – “Waiting All Night” – Rudimental ft. Ella Eyre
British Album Of The Year – AM – Arctic Monkeys
Best Video – One Direction
International Male Solo Artist – Bruno Mars
International Female Solo Artist – Lorde
International Group – Daft Punk
Global Success – One Direction
Critics’ Choice – Sam Smith
British Producer Of The Year – Flood & Alan Moulder
If we ignore the inevitable inclusion of One Direction in the winners list, this year once again shows that British Music is still leading the way. But Bastille winning British breakthrough act? Surely this should have gone to London Grammar and not only just to give everyone the opportunity to see how stunning the lead singer is. But they’re new, different, current and have a great album which is unlike anything else. Bastille covered “Rhythm Of The Night” on their album! That alone should have seen them shunned from any category.
For the first time one award this year was voted for on the night by twitter users and as predictably as Harry Styles going solo sooner rather than later the crazy One Directioners made sure they scooped this one. Like anyone else stood a chance against the 17.8 Million followers 1D have.
The best performance of the night goes to the unbelievably young brothers from Surrey known as Disclosure. They were joined by Lorde to perform a brilliant remix of her smash “Royals” seamlessly mixing into “White Noise” featuring Aluna George. They have even since decided to release this digitally for charity. You can go get it here
Prior to the night there was the will she, wont she talk about Beyonce performing. One minute she was, then she wasn’t but in the end Mrs Carter did take to the stage to perform “XO” apparently for the first time on TV. Obviously she sounded amazing, its Beyonce! But sorry B it was a little boring.
Well that was it for another year of great British pop music. Next week it’s the turn of the NME awards to take a more indie approach to an award ceremony and it’s bound to serve up some fitting Rock n Roll behavior.