[REVIEW] Brit Award Ceremony

By Ashleigh Clarke - Reporter

It wouldn’t be the Brits if their wasn’t an elaborate opening sequence, this time it featured some sort of Roman/Gladiator dance sequence that definitely had heads turning. And of course, the hosts! Ant and Dec left nothing to the imagination with their albeit not so funny jokes and banter with each other.

The first act to perform on this night were Coldplay who were up for a number of nominations themselves. It was appealing to watch and their set was bright and colourful, and they had the crowd moving straight away. It was such an upbeat and happy way to start the show! Towards the end of their act petals started to fall from above, this had the fans screaming, nice one Coldplay.

Straight away the first nominations were up for the night as people could vote in through Twitter for British Video of the Year. The results were in at the end of the show!

First Award – Female Artist – Adele

Coming back from out of nowhere Adele sweeps the award, looking glamorous in her flowing red dress, she accepts the award for Best British Female off 2/4 of One Direction boys, Liam Payne and Louis Tomlinson. Her speech was short and sweet, and she took her time to publicly support Kesha, good one Adele.

Second act – Justin Bieber and James Bay

So I was a bit confused as to why these two were put together to perform Love Yourself. But at the same time it was heartfelt and emotional, with a bit of a twist from Bay’s guitar expertise. He was   literally on fire with his next performance of Sorry, accompanied by dancers and a starry backdrop, he was holding nothing back. I’m now proud to say that I’m a Belieber!

Second Award – British Male – James Bay

I am so humbled that Bay won this award, I might be biased but he deserved this! He was clearly shocked that he won, judging by his face when Kylie Minogue presented him with his second Brit for Best British Male. If you haven’t given him a listen, I suggest you do, you definitely won’t be disappointed.

There was a few brief minutes of banter between Ant and Dec with some other celebrities who attended the show such as Alan Carr and Simon Pegg. I even had a few giggles myself!

Third Award – International Award – Tame Impala

Literal Supermodel and Superman – Jourdan Dunn and Henry Cavill presented this award. The Australian band are clearly soaring to the top, as they are already storming international Billboard charts over in the US. Although, they seemed quite disinterested when accepting the award (and he didn’t even know where the camera was to say his thanks, yikes.)

Third Act – Jess Glynne

Her performance was one that had your head bopping and your feet tapping, I’ve only heard a few songs from her myself but she was definitely one not to miss!

Fourth Award – British Single – Adele

Stealing her second award for the night, Adele walks away with Best British Single. We all knew it was coming but that doesn’t mean she deserved it any less.

Fifth Award – Best British Band

Presented by Simon Pegg. Coldplay wins! This is their 9th Brit Award. This band was a favourite to win, and it was bound to happen with the success of their new album. They thanked all the other bands up for the nomination but Chris Martin forgot Years and Years, oops. They also thanked people for the award stating they were members of One Direction – Chris Martin states “So thank you from Harry, Zayn, Liam and me…Niall”. Gosh, did someone not tell him that Zayn left nearly a year ago?

Fourth Act – James Bay – Hold Back the River

Another outstanding performance off the lad, donned in his signature hat, he is storming the stage after receiving his award! He even included fireworks to finish off his song!

Sixth Award – Best International Male – Justin Bieber

Presented by Major Lazor. Inspirational speech from Bieber himself, from being the resident “bad boy”, he has clearly turned himself around for the better. No one deserved this award more than him. Well done Biebs!

Fifth Act – Rhianna

I’m not much of a fan of her myself so her performance accompanied by a sneaky cameo from Drake was average, but fans will have a different story.

Seventh Award – British Breakthrough Act – Catfish and the Bottlemen

Presented by Grimmy and Cheryl Cole. Congratulations to the underdogs! Their speech was very short and sweet, enough time to thank the right people and head off stage, probably to get a few drinks down after winning!

Eighth Award – Global Success – Adele

Presented by Major Tim Peak. She is literally taking the world by storm, clearly shocked by her success she went on a swearing rant that the show swiftly muted! This time, in tears, she stumbled through her speech.

Sixth Act – Little Mix – Black Magic

Giving off the tribal vibe, they are clearly ready to fight and give it their all! Their energy and whole performance was energetic and really blood pumping, well done girls!

Ninth Award – International Female – Bjork

Presented by Fleur East and Craig David. She unfortunately couldn’t be there, so she explained her gratitude through a video.

David Bowie Tribute

Annie Lenox shares honour and feelings for the passing of David Bowie. States that he was truly unique and one of a kind. Gary Oldman accepts the award on behalf of Bowie who won Best British Icon, both have such emotionally compelling speeches for this truly magnificent icon.

 Seventh Performance – Lorde – Life on Mars

Some of his hit singles played throughout the arena that took the world by storm, each one a reminder of how he shaped the music industry and influenced us all and individuals. Lorde took to the stage to perform Life on Mars, the stage and surrounding areas donned in deep red, you could tell the audience were in awe judging by the applause at the end. I’m sure a few tears were shed as well.

During the break there was a slight costume malfunction and Ant returned to the stage in a very appealing blue dress. Not my cup of tea like, but it did suit him.

Ninth Award – Best British Video – One Direction

Through fans votes, this British band were able to take away their 5th Brit Award for Best British Video. Liam and Louis took to the stage to share their gratitude and thank fans for their achievements, while only two of them attended, Harry and Niall expressed their thanks through social media, I’m sure they would’ve been there otherwise!

Eighth Performance – The Weeknd

I absolutely love his hair and their performance wasn’t half bad either.

Tenth Award – British Album – Adele

And Adele takes her fourth award for the night! Selling over 19 million copies worldwide and the best-selling album of 2015, during her third speech she thanks her boyfriend and her son for the support that they have given her throughout making this album.

Seated next to James Bay, Ant and Dec interviewed new up comer and winner of Critics Choice Award – Jack Garratt, who was humbled he won this particular award as he in the same place Bay was a year ago, and look how far he’s come. Fingers crossed for you Garratt, he has it in him to blow everyone away.

And of course, Adele ends the night performing her single ‘When we were Young’. Accompanied by a glistening backdrop, her performance steals the night once and for all.


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