The Brit Awards started in 1977 and are the annual British music awards , primarily for pop music. There are a set number of categories of awards – some of which are voted for by listeners of Radio 1. This year, viewers of the show were asked to phone in and vote on the Best British Single.
Over the years, The Brits have had their fair amount of controversy – who can forget Jarvis Cocker’s protest of Michael Jackson acting as though he was the Messiah, the terrible pairing of Mick Fleetwood and Samantha Fox as presenters and Brandon Block trading insults with Ronnie Wood. Thus the Brits are greeted with a mixture of excitement and trepidation. The Osbournes hosted the award show, but it seemed to be mainly Sharon and Kelly doing the work with the various presenters. Meanwhile Ozzy sat back in his throne. Sharon wore a number of different outfits that were mainly variations on a long black dress theme (excepting a closing cream sparkly number).
Mika and Beth Ditto opened tonight’s show in what can only be described as a vocal extravaganza by the “odd couple”. Various artists performed together or with a different arrangement and this provided us with interesting results e.g. Rihanna and the Klaxons doing a rendition of Umbrella , Mark Ronson and a number of guests including Adele, Daniel Merriweather and an extremely nervous Amy Winehouse (who did a solo set). Kylie thrilled us and the Kaiser Chiefs did a version of “Ruby” whilst standing on a set made of skyscrapers where the group appeared like giants; Leona Lewis
Presenting the awards we had various celebrities such as Chris Moyles, Will Young, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Kelly Rowland of Destiny’s Child, Beth Ditto, David Tennant (better known as Dr. Who) and presenting and award to his co-star Kylie; Denise Van Outen and Sir Andrew Lloyd-Webber; James Nesbitt; actress Michelle Ryan; Sir Ian Mckellan; Alan Carr; Vic Reeves.
As the night wore on, presenters and artists became more badly behaved, to the extent that Sharon swore many times at Vic Reeves! The evening was concluded with Paul McCartney accepting a lifetime achievement award and performing and Ozzy messing up his lines to introduce the award (his only job of the night!).
Best Live Act: Take That
Critics Breakthrough Act (new award): Adele
British Breakthrough Act: Mika
International Male Solo Artist: Kanye West
British Male Solo Artist: Mark Ronson (strange, given he does collaborations with other artists such as Lily Allen and Amy Winehouse).
International Female Solo Artist: Kylie
International Group : The Foo Fighters
British Female Solo Artist: Kate Nash
International Album: Echoes, Silence, Patience and Grace by The Foo Fighters
British Group: The Arctic Monkeys (dressed like country gents as they accepted their award)
British Single: Shine by Take That
British Album: Favourite Worse Nightmare by The Arctic Monkeys
Lifetime Achievement Award: Sir Paul McCartney