Taylor Swift started off the evening with a very upbeat and black and white performance of her hit track ‘Blank Space’. We already knew the event would be phenomenal as this has been a great year for British music, with the likes of Sam Smith and Ed Sheeran causing waves worldwide.
After 14 years, Ant and Dec hosted the show with their usual humour, from making Simon Cowell wear a tie to warning the audience that Kanye West was in the building and should be kept an eye on before he interferes with any awards being handed out. The Kanye jokes went on through the night till he gave a ground shaking performance half way through, introduced to the stage by his wife, Kim Kardashian, who asked everyone to stand for the arrival of her husband.
The performances also brought to stage Sam Smith and Ed Sheeran, performing in their signature mellow way. Take That also delivered well amongst other new comers like Royal Blood and George Ezra. On the end of the spectrum, Paloma Faith delivered a very moving, grotesque and a performance reminiscent of the disturbing movie, Black Swan, with ‘Only Love Can Hurt Like This’, dressed in black and black painted hands, Faith performed against the backdrop of heavy rain.
Madonna finished off the evening, proving ‘old is gold’ with her performance in black and red, with a very devilish feel to it. She entered talking about flaws and how they make us human, and to be content with whom we are. The singer stumbled off stage but recovered perfectly well, one would think that ‘flaw’ was integrated in the performance to back up the speech. The material girl, delivered a thrilling performance and set the stage on fire at the Brits, first time in two decades.
All in all, the evening was a much-deserved celebration of the British talent and music we have seen to arise this year. Sam Smith and Ed Sheeran took away two awards, whilst newcomers like Paloma Faith got a little teary on stage receiving her first. It has been a successful year and lets keep making music like this!
The awards of the night and the recipients:
- Best Male British Solo Artist: Ed Sheeran
- Best British Group: Royal Blood
- Best International Female Solo Artist: Taylor Swift
- Best Female British Solo Artist: Paloma Faith
- Global Success: Sam Smith
- Best International Male Solo Artist: Pharrell Williams
- Best British Single: Mark Ronson
- Best International Group: Foo Fighters
- Best British Breakthrough: Sam Smith
- Best Video: One Direction
- Best Album: Ed Sheeran