Five Things We Learned - February 26, 2015

BRIT Awards 2015 - Five Things We Learned
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BRIT Awards 2015 - Five Things We Learned

As the dust settles on last night's BRIT Awards, we thought we'd give the night a bit of a review, so here it is, five things we learned at the BRIT Awards 2015. 

If you'd like to watch any of the performances on the night, including Ed Sheeran, Royal Blood, Sam Smith and Madonna, then click here. For a full list of the winners, click here. 

 

Kanye West's performance was so downright bizarre, but so exciting...

He divides opinion like no one else and his reputation at awards shows is almost as famous as his music these days, but Kanye still knows how to make you sit up and take notice. His performance of new cut 'All Day', a bolshy, abrasive shout-a-long, was bleeped to ribbons by the TV censors, but live it was electrifying. Roll on the album. 

Not everybody liked it of course...


 

Avoid capes at all costs...

Madonna recovered like a pro, but that must have hurt...

 

Never let Paloma Faith on the top table at your wedding...

It was wonderful that she wanted to thank just about everyone who'd helped her along the way, but Paloma Faith's speech when she collected the award for Best BRITish Female Artist was so long it was staggering. Poor Mark Ronson, who'd given her the award, didn't know what to do with himself. At the Oscars when people take too long the orchestra just play them off the stage, maybe next year Royal Blood can be permanently set up on the stage, ready to spring into action if any pop star's speech runs over time.

Paloma did make up for it later with a great performance, but used the end of that to finish her speech! Send thank you letters next time. 

 

If in doubt, follow the money...

It would be a tad unfair to describe the winners as predictable, but in each and every category the bookies' favourites and nearly always the biggest sellers walked away with the gong. This is probably nothing different from previous years, sales are just so transparent now that we all know who the favourites are going to be. 

 

Ed Sheeran's Wembley Stadium shows are going to be brilliant...

He's a genuine global superstar these days and he walked away with the night's biggest prize, Best BRITish Album for his hugely successful X. But the night's highlight was Ed's raucous, scratchy and gutsy performance of his new single 'Bloodstream', backed, as he always is, by nothing but a guitar and a loop pedal. There are still a few tickets for his Wembley shows floating about, grab them while you can...

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