February 20, 2014

Brit Awards 2014 – Five Things We Learned…
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Brit Awards 2014 – Five Things We Learned…

Last night (February 19), we got suited and booted and headed down to the Brit Awards to catch all the goings on. Here, as a public service, are the five key things we learned from the show…


Arctic Monkeys are going from strength to strength…

They kicked off the show in real style with a rollicking, raw performance of 'R U Mine?' complete with a huge, flaming AM that had the whole arena sweating. Then they deservedly walked away with the gongs for Best British Group and Best British Album and proved, once and for all, that they are the finest band Britain has produced in a long, long time.

As for Alex Turner's speech, some of you will think it's very cool, some will think it's the talk of a tipsy rock star, it's below, judge for yourself…


Beyonce's UK tour is going to be electric

We're pretty sure Beyonce didn't even make it out into the Brits arena last night, but her presence and her stunning performance of 'XO' was all that was required. She shimmered and spun last night, shrouded in dry ice, trading in bombast for elegance. It was a joy to behold. If you've got tickets for her UK tour, you're in for such a treat.


Lorde and Disclosure's collaboration didn't really work…

The Brits organisers like collaborations, which is understandable; it's a big, expensive event and you need some complete one-offs. However, it might be better to pick artists who are able to spend more time with each other than a couple of hours. Disclosure admitted yesterday that they'd not clapped eyes on Lorde in the flesh yet and it really showed. We're 80% convinced that Lorde was just singing along to a backing track of 'Royals', while Disclosure noodled away in the background. Things only really got going when Aluna Francis turned up halfway through, bumped Lorde out the way and they started doing 'White Noise'. Question is, where on earth was George?



Bastille and Rudimental should not do a McBusted…

James Corden's gleeful summing up of their collaboration aside, this was more awkward than awesome. Bastille's turn consisted of them playing 'Pompeii' with loads of extra drummers, which was kind of fine. But when Ella Eyre turned up and they went straight into 'Waiting All Night', Bastille's Dan Smith was just left to awkwardly dance in the background before ensconcing himself behind a drum. Next year, just let them play separately, or make them come up with a cool cover they can actually play together…


James Corden's calling it quits at the right time…

Hosting the Brits is a bit of a thankless task, if everything goes to plan, you're accused of being dull, and if everything goes a bit wrong, you're a hapless host. The Gavin and Stacey star has been a safe pair of hands, but his jokes have always fallen a bit flat and the banter with the stars has always felt very forced, but in all kinds of ways he's done a perfectly fine job, he can move on with dignity, leaving his successor (who is probably the man who presented the award for International Female Solo Artist last night) to worry about next year…


The Winners Were....


Best British Male Solo Artist – David Bowie (presented by Noel Gallagher – collected by Kate Moss)

Best British Female Solo Artist - Ellie Goulding (Presented by Prince and 3RDEYEGIRL)

British Group – Arctic Monkeys (presented by Lily Allen)

British Breakthrough Act – Bastille (presented Fearne Cotton and Tinie Tempah)

Critics' Choice – Sam Smith (Already presented by Tom Odell at BRITs launch)

British Global Success Award – One Direction (Presented by Rosie Huntington-Whiteley)

British Single – Rudimental featuring Ella Eyre ‘Waiting All Night’ (presented by Katy Perry)

British Album of The Year – Arctic Monkeys ‘AM’ (presented by Emeli Sandé)

British Producer Of The Year – Flood (Mark Ellis) & Alan Moulder (presented previously at Producers Guild)

British Video Award - One Direction - Best Song Ever (Social Vote through Twitter on the night) (Presented by Jimmy Carr)

International Male Solo Artist – Bruno Mars (presented by Kylie Minogue and Pharrell Williams)

International Female Solo Artist – Lorde (presented by Nick Grimshaw)

International Group – Daft Punk (presented by Cesc Fabregas and Nicole Scherzinger)


You can check out our dedicated Brit Awards page in our download store now...

AM Arctic Monkeys
Lorde and Disclosure performing together (All photos by Andrew Timms)
Lorde and Disclosure performing together (All photos by Andrew Timms)
One Direction, who won two awards
One Direction, who won two awards
Ellie Goulding performs 'I Need Your Love/Burn' at the Brits 2014

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