The big winner of the night was Adele winning four Brit Awards for Best British Female, Best British Single, Global Success Award, and the top honour of the night, British Album of the Year.
‘Oh shut her up!’ Adele said as her song, Hello, played in the background when she started to give her acceptance speech for the second award of the night, Best British Single.
‘Turn me down. I was not expecting this one at all. Thank you so much.’The comedy due Anthony McPartlin and Declan Donnelly, known as Ant and Dec hosted the show again saying they needed to up their game this year.
‘We need an elaborate and awesome opening sequence, that’s impressive and visually spectacular where no one knows what’s going on,’ said Ant.
The opening sequence was more out of place than appropriate, however, the hosts quickly got to the opening performance with nominee Coldplay.
The band performed their newest hit song, Hymn for the weekend. Their performance was subdued and yet playful all at the same time. The lyrics about getting drunk and high, so high probably were better suited for closing out the show than opening the show.Coldplay did walk away with one award for Best British Group. This was their 9th Brit Award and their 23rd nomination.
‘This means so much to us.’ Martin said.
‘We’d like to dedicate this to all the young musicians in refugee camps around the world. They could be us and we could be them. So we send them our love,’ he said.
Justin Bieber, won International Male Solo Artist, had one of the hottest performances of the night literally as he sang behind a half ring of fire on the stage.‘This just shows life is a journey. Everybody has their own journey. Everyone has their ups and their downs,’ said Bieber during his acceptance speech.
Bieber started shaking as he was thanking his fans and says, ‘I really am appreciative.’
The award for Best British Solo Male Artist went to James Bay who started off his acceptance speech facing the wrong direction and Kylie Minogue sorting him out.
Best International Group went to the Australian rock band Tame Impala. They were up against fellow nominees U2 and Alabama Shakes as well as Major Lazer.
The best performances of the night was Black Magic by nominee Little Mix. It was very similar to Kesha’s 2012 American Music Award performance of the song, Die Young. The skull-masks over the face of the shirtless men in their black hoodies playing the drums while the ladies emerged from they eyes of a black light neon lit skull in the centre to the stage. The ladies should have opened the show.
The award for British Breakthrough Act went to indie rock band Catfish and the Bottlemen this was their first Brit Award. The band also wins for shortest acceptance speak of the night.
‘Thank you very much to anybody who voted for us. You’re class,’ said Ryan “Van” McCann as he went on saying they are very humbled then thank Radio 1 and before leaving the stage McCann reminded everyone who they are again.‘I got really lost for a while. I didn’t know if I’d ever come back. For all of you to be so kind to me, thank you,’ Adele said.
Annie Lennox delivered a moving memorial tribute for David Bowie saying he had that special kind of significance.
‘He will continue to live on in his music and in British music and culture,’ said Lennox. ‘He was truly unique.’Bowie’s friend British actor, Gary Oldman accepted British Icon Award for the Jones family on David’s behalf.
‘The world lost a man, an artist, of transcendent talent,’ Oldman said of the late Bowie.
In recent years David sparingly spoke about music and his process; but in one of these rare instances, he graciously and elegantly expounded, he said.‘David faced his illness with dignity, grace and his customary humor, even in dire circumstances,’ Oldman stated.
Band members who had played with Bowie then kicked off a music tribute with a montage of Bowie’s hits with singer Lorde eventually joining them on stage.
The award for International Female Solo Artist went to the Icelandic singer Bjork, who accepted her award with a video message.
Fans had the chance to vote during the show for British Artist Video of the Year, which One Direction won for their video for the song, Drag Me Down. It was their 6th Brit Award win.
Louis Tomlinson and Liam Payne were there to accept the award.
‘We have the best fans in the world,’ Tomlinson said.
‘Thank you so much to everybody.’ said Payne. ‘Honestly, we can’t believe we’re here to win another award,’
The final performance was from the night’s big winner Adele who performed, When We Were Young.