22:14: Adele brings this year’s lacklustre BRIT awards ceremony to a close. It was of course inevitable when Adele released ’25’ back in November, she would dominate music charts and ceremonies over the coming 12 months. Tonight sadly is another nail in the coffin for the BRIT awards which continues to get more tame year on year. Not even cheeky chappies Ant & Dec could save this year’s lame show. Safe performances and pre-scripted acceptance speeches don’t wash with me. Credit where credit’s due, Adele has played a huge part in British music over the last 12 months but so have many other artists. The last two and a half hours have felt more like a celebration of Adele’s life rather than a celebration of British music. Let’s hope there’s more booze fuelled incidents to report on next year rather than this tame affair.
22:12: My money’s on Jack Garratt to pick up next year’s Best British Male award. You heard it here first.
22:08: Surprise surprise Adele’s ’25’ picks up the BRITs ‘Album of The Year’. A foregone conclusion to a pretty uneventful evening. Bring back Madonna, all is forgiven.
22:05: The Weeknd rivalling Jess Glynne for worst haircut of the evening. ‘The Hills’ is great though and this performance proving why he’s had such a successful 12 months.
22:00: As IF Adele didn’t win an award. Good for One Direction winning Best Video for ‘Drag Me Down’. Shouldn’t Louis be changing nappies though? And where are the other two members of 1D?
21:47: Heartfelt speech about Bowie by Gary Oldman, if a little lengthy, followed by a musical tribute featuring “the future of music” (in Bowie’s words) Lorde. Whilst I might not agree with his sentiment, she is doing a good job of proving just how incredible David Bowie was. A fitting tribute for such an influential and groundbreaking artist.
21:39: The BRITs honouring David Bowie is about the most sensible thing they’ve done all night. A dramatic but moving tribute to Bowie from Annie Lennox and no question that he should be honoured with the ‘British Icon’ award.
21:30: Is there any point voting for this Best Video category? We all know Adele is destined to win. Also, WHY is Jessie J nominated? She stopped being relevant a long time ago.
21:26: Little Mix lightening up proceedings following Adele bawling her eyes out. A different spin on hit ‘Black Magic’ proves that they’re probably one of the best girl bands to come out of this country for a long time. Singing, skimpy outfits and choreographed danced routines seems to be the ‘perfect recipe’ for a chart topping girl group. Not sure about the tribal routine though.
21:23: Adele winning the ‘Global Success Award’. Probably deserved, but we’ve all seen enough of her for one night. Yet another acceptance speech from that very distinctive (read: annoying) voice of hers, this time getting a bit emotional, no doubt earning her a few more headlines for tomorrow. She can do no wrong at this awards ceremony it seems.
21:20: Didn’t expect Catfish & The Bottlemen to win Best British Breakthrough. Thought Jess Glynne or James Bay were almost guaranteed it. Well deserved though and a nice short acceptance speech that maybe others could learn from.
21:17: Highlight of the night is without a doubt the unexpected appearance from Drake. His dance moves have certainly improved from that ‘Hotline Bling’ video. Very raunchy!
21:13: Nice to see a bit of ‘Consideration’ from Rihanna’s new album ‘Anti’ getting an outing before going into lead single ‘Work’. Still no idea what on earth she is going on about. Absolute drivel.
21:08: Turns out the half naked lady from earlier was supposed to be a BRIT award. Clearly lost on me.
21:05: Unsurprisingly Biebs picks up the award for ‘Best International Artist’. Despite his philosophical acceptance speech, he seems to be the only artist tonight so far tonight to not take his award for granted.
21:04: Are Major Lazer the first people to face the right way when presenting an award? Definitely the first and probably only act to open with wagwan.
20:59: Really don’t understand how James Bay won Best British Male. Such an average performance.
20:55: Coldplay pick up Best British Group. Well deserved for Chris Martin’s humorous acceptance speech if nothing else. Would have been nice to see Foals pick up the award but this is the commercial BRIT awards after all.
20:45: Adele wins Best British single for ‘Hello’. Unsurprising given how big the song was but boring and predictable as far as the BRIT awards go. It almost feels as if the whole night is catered towards her. Multiple awards and no doubt that big finale performance. Loads of hype surrounding her but is she really worthy of all these awards? Hopefully she doesn’t win again so we don’t have to hear her speaking voice again.
20:44: Impossible not to love Ant & Dec. By far the best thing about the show so far.
20:41: Jess Glynne medley. Potentially the worst hair in music. She also has the worst fashion sense. However, her music is actually quite good and she’s got a cracking live voice.
20:40: Don’t really know why a half naked lady appeared in front of Ant & Dec then.
20:38: Did Tame Impala win that because they were the only band in attendance? The best of a very poor category. U2? Really?
20:28: James Bay really needs to get a new hat. On a serious note, James Bay has hardly been the Best British male of the last year though has he?
20:27: Kylie presenting Best British Male. Realistically the only time she’ll ever be on the BRITs stage again.
20:25: That jacket is still looking HOT.
20:22: Bieber ruins it when he speaks. He’s ditched James Bay too to perform ‘Sorry’. Without a doubt one of the best songs from last year.
20:20: Who would have thought a year ago it would have been cool to like Bieber? His jacket is almost as good as ‘Love Yourself’. James Bay getting in on the action too with his rolled up sleeves.
20:12: Talking of One Direction here are Louis & Liam for Best British Female. No surprises that Adele won, especially given the rest of the females in the category. Ant & Dec alluding to Adele’s infamous cut off speech from a few years ago has easily been the highlight of a rather tame BRIT awards so far.
20:11: Expecting Adele to clear up tonight. One Direction should win Best Video though for ‘Drag Me Down’.
20:05: On to the music and Coldplay kick off the show with ‘Hymn For The Weekend’. A slick performance from the band. Plenty of confetti as ever.
20:01: Already making light of last year’s infamous cape incident, Ant & Dec get this year’s BRIT awards off to a cracking start. The less said about that electronic opening, though, the better. What an absolute waste of time.