Mark Ronson on Brit Awards win: ‘I didn’t even know we were eligible’

Ronson collected prize for Best British Single for 'Uptown Funk'

Brit Award winner Mark Ronson has said that he did not even know his song ‘Uptown Funk’ was eligible for the awards this year.

Ronson collected the prize for Best British Single for his Number One smash, which features Bruno Mars on vocals. Speaking to the media at the winner’s conference directly after the ceremony ended last night (February 25), Ronson explained his surprise at being nominated in the category, as well as hailing the success of British music around the world.

“It’s just nuts,” Ronson said. “I didn’t even know we were eligible. It’s just insane. This song that started as a jam in Bruno’s studio in LA about a year ago. People have taken it on and it’s nuts.”

He continued: “What’s really cool is that when I go to America and switch on Hot 97 I hear Clean Bandit and Sam Smith then I switch to another station and they’re playing Calvin Harris and Ed Sheeran. These singles are massive all over the world so to be recognised in a category with them, well, it’s flattering.”

Mark Ronson was among the big winners on the night with Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith, Paloma Faith and Royal Blood also collecting prizes. Closing out the show at the awards ceremony at The O2 in London last night (February 25), Madonna was performing her new single ‘Living For Love’ when she took a fall from the stage down a flight of stairs.

Meanwhile, ITV has defended its decision to repeatedly mute Kanye West during his Brit Awards performance, stating that it is “standard practice” to protect audiences from inappropriate language.

West ran through a new track called ‘All Day’, which is to appear on his upcoming new album. However, due to a large number of curse words, much of the song was muted in the nearly-live TV coverage, leading to anger and criticism from viewers.

Other performances on the nighr came from Royal Blood, Taylor Swift, George Ezra, Sam Smith, Ed Sheeran, Paloma Faith and Take That.