The biggest event in the British musical calendar happened on Wednesday night and we were there every step of the way. The BRIT Awards has got bigger and more celebrated each year since it launched back in 1982 and this year the BRITs well and truly upped their game at the O2 Arena; giving more opportunity for music fans to attend the event alongside the A-list, the production was bigger, the stage performances were a triumph and the night went without a hitch.
Bench Ambassador Jess Glynne was nominated for three awards on the night which were British Single for 'Hold My Hand', British Solo Female and British Breakthrough Act. Her capsule collection, which is due to launch on 21st March, offers 24 hour life staples that can be dressed up or down, perfect for Jess’ busy lifestyle. The very first interview with Jess Glynne about her styles and her collection was just published . Jess is known for her eclectic style and smart dressing so the excitement around this launch is rife but until then we were treated to some awe-inspiring outfits from Jess at the BRITs.
Other performances on the night came from Coldplay who gave a colourful, floral performance of their single ‘Hymn For The Weekend’, showering the audience with confetti petals. They went on to win best British group - making them the most successful band in the ceremony's history; Winner of Best Male James Bay accompanied Justin Bieber on guitar for a rendition of ‘Love Yourself’ before the Beibs set the stage on fire (literally) with his hit ‘Sorry’.
Catfish and the Bottlemen won the British Breakthrough, Jack Garratt was this year’s Critics’ Choice, Australian psych-rock band Tame Impala picked up best international group whist One Direction, who are officially on hiatus, also picked up best video for ‘Drag Me Down’. The big winner on the night was Adele. Picking up four of her five nominated awards on the night, it came as no surprise to see the star feeling emotional. As well as the Global Success accolade, she scooped Best British Single, Best British Female Solo Artist and Mastercard British Album Of The Year.
The awards came to a close with a very moving tribute to David Bowie, one of our greatest stars who sadly lost his life in January of this year. His passing hit hard with so many and the music industry in particular has so much to thank him for. To end the BRIT Awards 2016 on that note was fitting, as although the BRITs is always a celebration of the best musical talent in the country it was also a great way to inspire and enthuse people to continue to create and to thrive, support and champion new music, just as Bowie himself did.
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