Dua Lipa, J Hus, Little Mix and Arlo Parks among the winners at the 2021 BRIT Awards
On a night that represented the UK’s first major indoor live event since the first lockdown began over a year ago, it was Dua Lipa who emerged as one of the night’s big winners at this year’s BRITs, walking away not only with the award for Best British Female, but also winning Best Album for her second full-length offering Future Nostalgia, released in March last year.
At a ceremony presided over by comedian Jack Whitehall and staged at London’s O2 Arena, in front of a 4,000-strong crowd made up largely of keyworkers offered tickets for the show in recognition of their work during the COVID pandemic, there were also big wins for J Hus, who took home the award for Best British Male, and for Little Mix, who were named Best Group.
Hotly-tipped newcomer Arlo Parks was named as this year’s Breakthrough Artist, while emerging singer-songwriter Griff was also tipped for success, taking home this year’s Rising Star award.
Former One Direction star Harry Styles was also among the winners at last night’s ceremony, winning Best Single for his recent hit ‘Watermelon Sugar’, which also scored the singer his first US No.1 on its release in May last year. There were also wins for some big names in the international categories, with Billie Eilish named Best International Female, The Weeknd winning Best International Male, and pop-rock trio Haim handed the award for Best International Group.
There was also an appearance from Taylor Swift, who was handed this year’s Global Icon award and took the opportunity to credit the NHS and other keyworkers for their outstanding work over the last year, while Dua Lipa also took the opportunity after her live performance at this year’s ceremony to call for a pay rise for NHS workers.
That theme continued into some of this year’s live performances too; a duet between P!nk and Rag ‘n’ Bone Man saw the latter accompanied by the the voices of the Greenwich and Lewisham NHS Trust choir.
Other highlights from last night’s show also included a waterborne Coldplay, who opened the show with a performance of their new single from a floating stage on the Thames river, and a barnstorming cover of the Pet Shop Boys’ ‘It’s a Sin’ from Elton John and Years & Years.
You can find a full list of all this years nominees and winners on the BRITs website.