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BRIT Awards 2016: Adele Sweeps the Board

27th February 2016
Posted by Johnny Jenkins

The annual BRIT awards hit our screens on Wednesday 24th February and it was an enjoyable experience for all on ITV.

The music award show began with a performance from Coldplay – they performed a track from their latest album: it certainly got the o2 arena excited for the night to really begin.

It’s fair to say that Adele dominated the BRIT Awards this year; winning four awards out of a possible five. She also took time in her first speech to publicly support Kesha, which was impressive considering she is one of Sony’s most successful artists.

Adele won: MasterCard British Album of the Year, British Single, British Female Solo Artist and Global Success Award. The Global Success Award  was presented from the International Space Station by the astronaut, Tim Peake… the London-born singer cried as a result of this.

The British Breakthrough Act award went to Catfish & The Bottlemen, whilst the Critics’ Choice winner was Jack Garratt.

Justin Bieber performed ‘Love Yourself’, along with ‘Sorry’ whilst Drake made a guest appearance in Rihanna’s top 10 song, ‘Work’.

Although the BRITs mainly celebrates British artists, it also has categories for international artists. Bjork won the International Female Solo Artist award and the International Male Solo Artist International Male Solo Artist prize went to Justin Bieber. The International Group award went to Tame Impala.

Ant and Dec handed over to Annie Lennox and Gary Oldman to deliver a very fitting tribute to music legend, David Bowie who was awarded a special award for his brilliant contributions to the world of music throughout his lifetime. Bowie‘s band reunited for one last time to perform with New Zealand-born singer, Lorde; who Bowie had said would be the future of music.

One Direction walked away with the British Artist Video of the Year award for their song – ‘Drag Me Down’; which Louis Tomlinson and Liam Payne dedicated to their loyal fans.

The British Male Solo Artist award was handed to singer-songwriter, James Bay and the British Group BRIT went to Coldplay.

It really was an enjoyable night for all to watch, and I am sure it would have been just as enjoyable to witness it in real life. Ant and Dec won’t be presenting next year, so we will have to wait and see who will be filling their shoes.

Gateway 97.8’s Jamie Long also covers the BRITs in his showbiz update here.