You wait all year for the BRIT Awards and then in just a few hours it’s all over. Sigh. Well if you missed the annual music party – or just want to relive the highlights – allow us to share our top ten moments from last night’s ceremony at the O2 Arena…
It opened classily, with the urgent crunch of the Arctic Monkeys ‘R U Mine’ kicking things off nicely. Shame that the flaming ‘AM’ letters spelled out ‘MA’ on the reverse shots. Wait, who’s playing? Is it Massive Attack?
Often painfully shy, Prince was on great form last night. He even let his 3RDEYEGIRL bandmates completely obscure his approach to the podium. He’s there, somewhere…
Katy Perry turned up on a chariot, in a routine that looked like Liz Taylor’s ‘Cleopatra’ as made during the nu-rave years. Oh, also, Katy: The Bangles called… they want their Egyptian schtick back please.
Wubbly Bwuno Mars won big, bagging the Best International Male award. He stepped up to collect it with a pack of male models…
Despite having just introduced them, and watched a trailer video of the boys larking around on tour, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley still needed to open an envelope with the words ‘One Direction’. Hmm, confusing.
The collaboration between Disclosure and Lorde (as well as Aluna Francis) was sweet. As. Hell. We dug Lorde’s throwback to Shakespeare’s Sister, almost as much as we loved the Lawrence brothers’ tasty mash-up of ‘Royals’ and ‘White Noise’
This gentleman with a triple-A lanyard turned down the idea of a date from Kylie with a straight and stubborn ‘No!’.
Hey, I recognise this guy…
The inane chatter between host James Corden, Rizzle Kicks and Labrinth LITERALLY made Rita Ora run away.
Defying all our predictions, Pharrell wore that hat again. Oh, and he turned in the best performance of the night with a choir-aided version of ‘Happy’ – joined by Manchester’s Northern Soul dancers too!
So were our predictions for who would bag a BRIT right?
British Male Solo Artist
We said: The stage is set for the comeback queen – the question is will David Bowie break cover and collect the prize? Either way, Bowie richly deserves the award for the phenomenal rock of ‘The Next Day’.
Who won: David Bowie
British Female Solo Artist
We said: It’s definitely a battle of the Lauras. Our pick would be Laura Mvula. The Birmingham-born singer’s heavenly and spiritual debut album ‘Sing to the Moon’ really is in a class of its own.
Who won: Ellie Goulding
We said: Apologies to 1D, but the Arctic Monkeys both sound better and wear much better suits. The Sheffielders have gone from boys to men in the last year, adding a sexy flair to their songwriting skills too.
Who won: Arctic Monkeys
British Album Of The Year
We said: It has to be Disclosure’s ‘Settle’. It’s an end-to-end classic of British dance that we made our album of the year, so let’s hope the BRITs judges agree.
Who won: ‘AM’ by Arctic Monkeys
We say: Never bet against Frenchmen wearing helmets. Daft Punk have this one sewn up simply due to the fervour they created globally for the long-awaited ‘Random Access Memories’.
Who won: Daft Punk
Three out of five isn’t bad! And the rest…
British Breakthrough Act – Bastille
British Single – ‘Waiting All Night’ by Rudimental ft. Ella Eyre
Best Video – One Direction
International Male Solo Artist – Bruno Mars
International Female Solo Artist – Lorde
Global Success – One Direction
Critics’ Choice – Sam Smith
British Producer Of The Year – Flood & Alan Moulder
Read more about the best BRIT moments from previous years.