This year’s BRIT Awards took place last night (February 22nd) at the O2 Arena in London with Emma Willis as host. Canadian singer Michael Bublé was originally set to host but backed out four days after the nominations were announced due to his son battling liver cancer. Performances among others included Chris Martin of Coldplay’s tribute to the late pop icon George Michael, Skepta with ‘Shutdown‘, and collaborations pairing The Chainsmokers and Coldplay (for their newly released song, ‘Something Just Like This‘), and Ed Sheeran with Stormzy (singing Sheeran’s latest two singles ‘Castle On The Hill‘ and ‘Shape Of You‘). Noel Gallagher presented the Best British Album award posthumously to David Bowie for 2016‘s ‘Blackstar‘, with Bowie’s son Duncan Jones accepting. Bowie was also posthumously named Best British Solo Artist. The 1975 won Best British Group, beating the likes of Bastille, Biffy Clyro, Little Mix and Radiohead. Upon accepting the award, frontman Matty Healy said: “The only thing we tried to do with our album was to get to that place… And I just want to say… if you have a platform, don’t [stay in your lane].” Missing among the winners of last night’s ceremony was noticeably grime artists Skepta, Stormzy, and Kano. Skepta was given a shout-out by Drake when the Canadian rapper accepted his award for Best International Male. Below is a full list of the winners:

Best British Album of the Year:

The 1975 – I Like it When You Sleep For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It
David Bowie – Blackstar
Kano – Made in the Manor
Michael Kiwanuka – Love & Hate
Skepta – Konnichiwa

Best British Female Artist:
Ellie Goulding
Emeli Sandé
Lianne La Havas

Best British Male Artist:
Craig David
David Bowie
Michael Kiwanuka

Best British Group:
The 1975
Biffy Clyro
Little Mix

Best International Female Artist:
Christine and the Queens

Best International Male Artist:
Bon Iver
Bruno Mars
Leonard Cohen
The Weeknd

Best International Group:
A Tribe Called Quest
Drake & Future
Kings of Leon
Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds
Twenty One Pilots

Best Breakthrough Act:
Rag’n’Bone Man

British Artist Video of the Year
One Direction – ‘History’
Little Mix Feat. Sean Paul – ‘Hair’
ZAYN – ‘Pillowtalk’
Coldplay – ‘Hymn For the Weekend’
Adele – ‘Send My Love (To Your New Lover)’
James Arthur – ‘Say You Won’t Let Go’
Calvin Harris Feat. Rihanna – ‘This is What You Came For’
Clean Bandit Feat. Sean Paul & Anne-Marie – ‘Rockabye’
Tinie Tempah Feat. Zara Larsson – ‘Girls Like’
Jonas Blue Feat. Dakota – ‘Fast Car’

Best Single
Alan Walker – ‘Faded’
Calum Scott – ‘Dancing On My Own;
Calvin Harris Feat. Rihanna – ‘This Is What You Came For’
Clean Bandit Feat. Sean Paul & Anne-Marie – “Rockabye”
Coldplay – ‘Hymn for the Weekend’
James Arthur – ‘Say You Won’t Let Go’
Jonas Blue Feat. Dakota – ‘Fast Car’
Little Mix – ‘Shout Out to My Ex’
Tinie Tempah Feat. Zara Larsson – ‘Girls Like’
ZAYN – “Pillowtalk”

Global Success Award: Adele

Icon Award: Robbie Willams

Sarah Medeiros

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