Five Things We Learned - February 25, 2016

The Brit Awards 2016 - Five Things We Learned
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The Brit Awards 2016 - Five Things We Learned

The Brit Awards went off with a bang last night (February 24th) and hmv.com was there to take in the whole thing. You can read more about who won what and who performed live here, but also, here are five things we learned from last night’s ceremony...

 

There was a lot more fire…

At some point during the debrief from 2015’s ceremony and the planning for this year’s events the organisers clearly decided that there was a serious lack of pyrotechnics because there was so much fire! The flames fired out all the way through Coldplay’s opening rendition of ‘Hymn For The Weekend' and Justin Bieber's 'Sorry', Chris Martin was lucky he didn’t come away singed…

 


 

Adele’s tour is going to be incredible…

She charmed everyone with her four acceptance speeches, but the highlight was a low-key, powerhouse performance of ‘When We Were Young’. Given she’d clearly been enjoying the refreshments throughout the evening, just imagine how good her tour will be when she’s totally focused on the show.

 


 

The organisers need to make it clearer where to look…

The ceremony pretty much went off without a hitch, except for one thing, a circular podium caused havoc with award presenters and winners. At least three times people started addressing the audience with the back to the camera, next year they’ll need a big sign that says ‘LOOK THIS WAY’...

 

There is still room for surprises…

Most people could have predicted Adele’s multitude of awards and that Coldplay, James Bay and One Direction wouldn’t go home empty handed, but there were still a couple of surprises. Catfish and the Bottlemen’s colossal fanbase meant that they beat out Bay and Years & Years to win British Breakthrough Act, Tame Impala triumphed over the widely tipped Eagles Of Death Metal in Best International Group and, perhaps most surprisingly, Bjork saw off competition from Meghan Trainor and Lana Del Rey to take Best International Female.

 



The David Bowie tribute was absolutely perfect…

Paying tribute to the icon of all icons was never going to be straightforward and you could feel the nerves jangling all around the arena as the minutes ticked down to the tribute. But as soon as the end of Gary Oldman’s beautiful tribute ended and he announced that Lorde would be accompanied by Bowie’s long-time backing band then doubts melted away. She (who Bowie loved) was perfect in her rendition of ‘Life On Mars’, it was a wonderful moment.

 


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