By Lekan Olanrewaju.
What The BAFTAs are to The Oscars, The BRITs are to The Grammys. Broadcast live from the O2 centre, the transformation of the show over the years from what was once considered dull, to a lively and exciting celebration of U.K music and style, was more than evident last night.
One of the highlights of the show was as you’ve probably guessed already, Adele. But no, not because of her performance or awards, but because of a particular gesture she made after receiving the award for Best British Album. “Nothing makes me prouder than coming home with six Grammies and then coming to the Brits and winning album of the year. I’m so proud to be British and flying our flag” she said, before she was cut off by host James Corden, leading her to “flip the bird” in anger. “I flung the middle finger” she said afterwards. “That was for the suits at the Brit Awards, not my fans. I’m sorry if I offended anyone but the suits offended me”. She also received the award for Best British Female, beating out last year’s winner Laura Marling, as well as Jessie J, Florence + The Machine and Kate Bush. Other winners included Bruno Mars in the Best International Male Category against Bon Iver, Aloe Blacc, David Guetta and Ryan Adams, and Rihanna, who arrived in an embellished Givenchy dress beating out Beyonce, Lady Gaga, Feist, and Bjork and for Best International Female, the 2nd year in a row. The award for International Breakthrough went to current British Vogue cover girl and perpetual pouter Lana Del Rey, which will most likely only further infuriate the Indie Purists who’ve made it their mission to rip apart her every move. “This award means much more to me than you know” she said. Coldplay, who kicked off the event with a performance of their single Charlie Brown off their near-masterpiece album Mylo Xyloto, also picked up the trophy for Best British Group, an award they have won more times than any other band. “They keep splitting up” frontman Chris Martin said of other bands in typical cheeky fashion. “They keep taking themselves out of the game. We’re the only players still on the pitch”.
The event was sponsored by Mastercard.
Full List Of Winners
Critics’ Choice Award – Emeli Sande
Outstanding Achievement Award – Blur
Best British Female – Adele
Best International Male – Bruno Mars
Best International Female – Rihanna
Best British Male – Ed Sheeran
Best British Group – Coldplay
Best International Group – Foo Fighters
British Breakthrough Act – Ed Sheeran
International Breakthrough Act – Lana Del Rey
Best British Album – Adele
Best British Single – One Direction