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BRITs 2018: the winners

POSTED ON 23 FEBRUARY 2018

Since the first ever BRIT awards in 1977, the BRITs has never been a low-key event. We all remember Madonna’s famous tumble, along with the memorable hosting duo of Sam Fox and Mick Fleetwood in 1989, plus Jarvis Cocker’s stage storming mid Michael Jackson performance in 1996. But what did this year’s BRITs have in store?

With the eyes of the world watching on this year’s star-studded event, it didn’t disappoint, with performances from the likes of Ed Sheeran, Dua Lipa and Sam Smith all showcasing why the BRIT awards is the most important night for British music.

In a show of solitary many of the stars in attendance, including Holly Willoughby, Rita Ora and Cheryl Cole, wore a white rose pin to show support for the Timesup #MeToo campaign; a movement aimed at combating sexual abuse and harassment in the entrainment industry.

With Liam Gallagher dramatically stepping in at the last minute to replace a planned appearance by Ariana Grande, his emotional tribute to the Manchester Arena bomb victims was truly heartrending and his solo version of the Oasis classic, Live Forever, received a standing ovation from the audience.

With five nominations, Dua Lipa went into the evening leading with the most nods, being nominated in such categories as Best British female solo artist and British album of the year. So, it’ll come as no surprise that after fighting off strong competition, Dua Lipa came away with an impressive two BRITs, bagging the gong for Best British female and Best British breakthrough act.

Another who looked set to add more BRITs to his collection was two-time winner Ed Sheeran. He was nominated for three awards, including best British male solo artist, alongside Liam Gallagher, Rag’N’Bone man, Stormzy and Loyle Carner. However, it was the Croydon native Stormzy who fought off competition to claim his first BRIT.

Stormzy also went on to win in the category for album of the year. His ‘Gang Signs & Prayer’ gave him his second BRIT of the night.

In the best group category, the field was varied and included the old and the new with nominees including Gorillaz, Wolf Alice and Royal Blood. It was a difficult one to predict but the favourites to win were Royal Blood. However, in a surprise turn, the Gorillaz nabbed their first ever BRIT.

After another night of emotion and controversy, this year’s BRIT Awards was memorable for many standout performances and speeches, including Stormzy’s war of words to the prime minster. Love it or hate, we’ll all be watching next year for more of the same!

And the winners are…

British female solo artist – Dua Lipa

British male solo artist – Stormzy

British single – Rag’N’Bone Man with Human

British breakthrough act – Dua Lipa

British group – Gorillaz

International male solo artist – Kendrick Lamar

International female solo artist – Lorde

Best international group – Foo fighters

Global success award – Ed Sheeran

British artist video of the year – Harry Styles (Sign of the Times)

MasterCard British album of the year – Stormzy (Gang Signs & Prayer)

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