The good, the bad and the unexpected- everything that happened at 2018’s Brit Awards
The highlight of any British musician’s annual calendar has got to be the Brit awards. Either you’re nominated or you wish you were, and this year saw the turnout of some of pop’s finest. From Kylie to Kendrick, Harry Styles to Stormzy, this year’s showdown was not one to be missed.
A title typically handed to Mr James Corden without much opposition (until that moment he interrupted Adele…) this year the awards saw a new host- none other than posh-totty-hotty stand up comedian, Jack Whitehall. With wise cracks aplenty and a better than expected impression of Big Shaq up his sleeve, Jack did not disappoint when it came to supplying endless comedy gold.
Who won what?
This year saw two artists really steal the limelight. Dua Lipa won both Best British Breakthrough and Best British Female, but also gained attention from her acceptance speech where she called for more women to be represented on stage and in the media.
The other big winner was sir Stormzy himself, pipping the likes of Ed Sheeran and Liam Gallagher to the post for Best British Male and Best British Album.
Other winners included Gorillaz for Best British Group (beating The XX, Wolf Alice and Royal Blood), Lorde for Best International Female, and Kendrick Lamar for Best International Male.
Prime victors Dua Lipa and Stormzy both took the stage, performing their hits singles New Rules and Blinded By Your Grace Part II/Big For Your Boots respectively. Ed Sheeran also performed an emotional, if not slightly vanilla, rendition of Supermarket Flowers in tribute to his grandma. Sam Smith also did a spine tingling rendition of Too Good At Goodbyes, not leaving a single audience member with dry eyes. It was no Beyoncé at the 2016 VMAs, but on the whole, a good effort all round.
What was the gossip?
Well… Stormzy caused a (ahem) storm by calling out Theresa May for her slowness in initiating justice for the victims of the Grenfell Tower tragedy.
The political statements did not end there, however, as several artists donned white roses a la the Grammy’s to show support for the Time’s Up campaign. Although, this gesture did not go without its criticisms. Paloma Faith expressed her disdain at the fact that not enough male artists had brought white roses. Indeed, the Foo Fighters were criticised for going rose-less as (initially) was Stormzy, although he did add a white rose pin badge to his attire for his acceptance speech.
Cheryl and Liam Payne rocked the red carpet as a couple, crushing any rumours of their split.
However, the show was stolen by Este Haim who was caught pulling silly faces and making ‘call me signs’ to Arrested Development star, Lucille Bluth, in the background of Cheryl and Liam’s interview with Jack Whitehall. Este made the front cover of several tabloids this morning as ‘random drunk woman’, adding to the moment’s hilarity. She later retweeted a video capturing the TV gold, saying ‘Not drunk, just living my truth’. You do you, hun.
Is it worth watching the whole thing back?
Babe, we live in 2018. All the highlights are on Youtube.