The biggest night in British music returned last night as the Brits 2018 saw many surprises. The glittering ceremony brought together some of the biggest names from the music industry with plenty of incredible performances taking place.
Perhaps the biggest shock of the night came as grime star Stormzy pipped Ed Sheeran to the Best British Male and Best British Album award for his record Gang Signs and Prayers. Prior to the ceremony, everyone had expected Ed Sheeran to take home these prizes but Stormzy was visibly moved by the victories when he took to the stage.
However, despite not winning these awards, Ed did not go away empty-handed, winning the special Brits Global Success Award following his outstanding 2017 which saw him become the most streamed artist of all-time.
The award was introduced by Sir Elton John and handed to him by Rolling Stones star Ronnie Wood showing how he is so highly regarded in the industry.
Dua Lipa was nominated for more awards than any other artist at the awards and was victorious in the British Female Artist and British Breakthrough Act categories.
In the year that saw her debut album earn a top ten place and her single New Rules go straight to the top of the charts, upon winning these awards Dua Lipa took her younger brother and sister on stage with her to let them experience ‘magic’.
Gorillaz won the Best British Group and Rag ‘N’ Bone Man was successful in the British Single category, but the awards also recognised talent from across the world. Rapper Kendrick Lamar won International Male Solo Artist, Lorde took home the International Female Solo Artist and rock group Foo Fighters won the International Group award.
The night also saw several of the stars take to the stage with Rita Ora, Liam Payne, Kendrick Lamar and Foo Fighters all performing.
Stormzy also took the stage in a spectacular performance where he called out the Prime Minister Theresa May asking her “Where’s the money for Grenfell?” In a freestyle rap, he highlighted the Grenfell disaster which saw 71 people lose their lives last June.
Liam Gallagher also took the stage to perform the Oasis track Live Forever in memory of the people who died in the terror attack at the Manchester Arena last year.
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