The Brit Awards or simply the Brits, Britain’s answer to the Grammys, honored British and international music artists on Wednesday at London’s O2 Arena. For the first time in 18 years David Bowie won a Brit. It was for Best British Male Solo Artist. He wasn’t even in attendance.
Supermodel Kate Moss accepted the biggest award of the night on his behalf. She read Bowie’s acceptance speech that included his political views on Scotland’s determined independence, “I think it’s a great way to end the day – And Scotland, stay with us.” One thing that differs greatly with the Brits and Grammys are their unpredictable moments.
James Corden, best known for his brilliant Tony Award-winning performance on Broadway in “One Man, Two Guvnors,” hosted the Brit Awards for the fifth consecutive time. Even though the program honors its own music talent, many international acts were on hand as a presenter and performers. Arctic Monkeys opened the show by performing “R U Mine?” They became the first three-time winners of a double for British Group and British Album (“AM”). Prince gave out the first award of the evening for Best British Female Artist.
Beyonce, Katy Perry, and Bruno Mars (fresh off his successful Super Bowl halftime show) all performed and completely wowed the audience. Late on Mars won for Best International Male Solo Artist. Closing out the Brits were Best International Group winners Daft Punk. Featured guest artists Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers, minus Daft Punk, performed “Get Lucky.” This was the first year the Brit Awards were streamed on YouTube for a global audience.
Here’s the complete list of BRIT Award winners:
British Male Solo Artist – David Bowie
British Female Solo Artist – Ellie Goulding
British Group – Arctic Monkeys
British Breakthrough Act – Bastille
British Single – “Waiting All Night” by Rudimental feat. Ella Eyre
British Album of the Year – AM by Arctic Monkeys
Best Video – One Direction
International Male Solo Artist – Bruno Mars
International Female Solo Artist – Lorde
International Group – Daft Punk
Global Success – One Direction
Critics’ Choice – Sam Smith
British Producer of the Year – Flood & Alan Moulder