This year’s Brits was better than ever. They managed to pull off getting two of the biggest pop-stars on the planet (Rihanna and Drake) on stage together, brought Bieber to the party, boasted a performance from the world’s best-selling artist (Adele) and delivered a Bowie tribute that was moving, appropriate and beautifully understated. Re-live the night in pics
Adele, of course was the big winner on the night. She picked up four awards including British Female Solo Artist, British Single for ‘Hello’, Global Success and the Mastercard British Album of the Year for ’25’. After picking up the award for Global Success, Adele got a bit teary – probably at the thought of finding room for some more awards.
NME cover stars James Bay and Justin Bieber teamed up for a ‘campfire’ rendition of ‘Love Yourself’ from Bieber’s latest album, ‘Purpose’. Bay would go on to pick up the award for British Male Solo Artist and Bieber for International Male Solo Artist. Wins all round then.
After the gentle opening track – Bieber then skipped towards the main stage to go into popstar mode with a heated performance of club-banger ‘Sorry’.
Jess Glynne, taking hairstyling tips from Sideshow Bob, also played on the night, performing a medley of ‘Ain’t Got Far To Go’, ‘Don’t Be So Hard On Yourself’ and ‘Hold My Hand’ . She was up for three awards on the night and lost all of them. Adele strikes again.
Despite cancelling her performance at The Grammys over a week ago, Rihanna fought through illness to perform two tracks from new album ‘Anti’. Starting with ‘Consideration’, she then moved into the sultry ‘Work’ with assistance from none-other than Drake himself.
And things got a wee bit saucy during ‘Work’, as the pair reenacted the infamous twerk from the music video, released just days ago. More scandalous than Miley Cyrus twerking on Robin Thicke at the VMAs in 2013? We’ll wait for the complaint figures to come through before making our minds up.
Sporting a trio of jazzy shirts, Tame Impala certainly looked both surprised and delighted to have picked up the gong for International Group. Kevin Parker kept the speech short, unbeknown to him that large swatches of Twitter had already begun the ‘Who the f*** are Tame Impala?’ search. Proud of you, Kev.
Little Mix were another act to perform on the big night with the girl-group smashing their performance of ‘Black Magic’ to the sold-out o2 Arena in London.
Fresh from winning NME’s Godlike Genius Award at NME Awards with Austin, Texas last week, Coldplay added another gong to the collection with British Group Award. Hope Chris Martin has washed that t-shirt from last week though…
Louis Tomlinson and Liam Payne from One Direction were on hand to collect the fan-voted award for British Music Video of The Year.
After weeks of speculation, Lorde was revealed as the artist to pay tribute to the late, great David Bowie with a brilliant rendition of ‘Life On Mars?’ In 2014, the New Zealand singer revealed that Bowie had told her that her music “felt like listening to tomorrow”, so we like to think he would have approved.
She was backed by Bowie’s former members of his touring band, who performed a brief medley of Bowie’s catalogue. It all got a thumbs up from Bowie’s son Duncan Jones who said on Twitter: ‘Just… beautiful. Thank you.’
Gary Oldman collected the Icon award on Bowie’s behalf from Annie Lennox. A close-friend of the late singer, Oldman reminisced about how Bowie faced his illness and his everlasting impact on pop culture in a touching speech.
Adele closed the evening with a soaring performance of ‘When We Were Young’ to round out another award-filled night for the Tottenham singer.