The largely anticipated award ceremony of the year was hosted once again at London’s O2 on Wednesday evening and appeared on ITV for the 42nd time and brought several wins for many. Hosting the ceremony for the second time was comedian Jack Whitehall who had prepared a variety of funny quips to entertain audiences throughout the night.
Having been the UK’s best-selling album in 2018, it was not a surprise that the show opened with the theme song to the hit film The Greatest Showman, sung by actor Hugh Jackman.
The first categories of the night were promptly announced soon after the opening performance. British Male Solo Artist and British Female Solo Artist were won by George Ezra and Jorja Smith respectively. After winning his first Brit award, Ezra, who shortly after performed his number one single, Shotgun, said that “there’s not a day goes by that I don’t count myself very lucky and this is the icing on the cake”.
Next and feeling “humbled”, were The 1975 after taking home the Best Group award. They also were the big winners of the night as they took the prize for the Mastercard British Album of The Year for their recently released album, A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships; rightfully deserved I believe.
Their win was not entirely a surprise, however, seeing as there were some viewers who had previously found out about the band’s big win ahead of the ceremony after a TV advert announced their win before the awards began; coincidence or just incidental? This was annoyingly left without comment.
One of the fortunate surprises of the night was the winner of the British breakthrough act: Tom Walker. His debut single, Leave a Light On, which was also nominated for best song, became a global hit and quickly went to top ten on the charts. The Scots-born singer and songwriter received his first ever Brit award and dedicated the win to his gran.
Although there were many familiar faces at the awards ceremony, there was an unfortunate lack of major global talent present at the ceremony, which did not go unnoticed. Winners of these international acknowledgements included Jay Z and Beyonce, Drake and Ariana Grande.
Host, Jack Whitehall, needlessly made a sly comment when leading up to the announcement of the international nominees: “It’s time to celebrate the International artists — from a distance, as none of them could be bothered to show up”.
Unsurprisingly, Ed Sheeran was once again praised for his talent as he was the winner of the Global Success award, considering how he had incredible success from his album, Divide. Sadly, he was amongst those unable to attend the ceremony, as he is currently in South America continuing his tour. In his acceptance message, he said how he hopes “everyone is having a fantastic time. I feel very honoured to be a part of the British music industry and to be honoured like this is really cool”.
Why I am successful is because I surround myself with people that are better than me.
Another unsurprising win came from Little Mix, as they were awarded the win for artist video of the year for their Woman Like Me single featuring Nicki Minaj. Dedicating their second Brit award to their incredibly supportive fans, the excitable group made the most of their win.
Winning the award for music producer of the year, as well as the best single for One Kiss with singer Dua Lipa, Calvin Harris took home the first two Brit awards of his career. On stage he said how he’d “been coming here for a few years and ever had the opportunity to say anything — It means a lot”.
Giving a beautiful speech, Pink stood on the stage after sixteen years. Like an excitable child, she accepted the long overdue award for Outstanding Contribution before taking the stage to perform a ten minute medley of her greatest hits.
In her acceptance speech, she said: “To be considered in the same category as David Bowie and The Beatles and Sir Elton and Sir Paul and Fleetwood Mac is beyond anything I can comprehend.
“It’s been an awesome journey from busking… to playing Wembley Stadium this summer. It’s really exciting!
“Why I am successful is because I surround myself with people that are better than me. Thank you for having me here, it’s been an awesome twenty years. Here’s to twenty more”.
Needless to say that the Brit awards proved to be entertaining for the 42nd year running, and even though there were awkward moments thanks to Whitehall’s cringe-worthy remarks, it was still worth the watch. Here’s to next year and all the hopeful winners yet to come.