So tonight was the night of the much anticipated Brit Awards, the annual award show that celebrates the best in business from the past year, and what a night it was!
Hosted by legendary Geordie Duo Ant And Dec the show began with a bizarre opening sequence resembling something used at the start of Saturday Night Takeaway. The opening scenes saw the two parading through a chefs kitchen yelling orders at a bunch of angry chefs before appearing on the stage from under a closh.
Proceedings got underway with a performance from the stunning Taylor Swift who appeared on stage in a simple black ensemble for a note-perfect rendition of Blank Space, setting the bar rather high for the nights live performances.
This was followed by the first award of the night for Best British Male, presented by the beautiful Rita Ora in a gorgeous floor length gown accompanied by the handsome Orlando Bloom. An unusual pairing to say the least with a typically cheesy presenting style. Blooms attempts to flirt with Rita made for typical cheesy viewing. The winner of course was none other than Mr Ed Sheeran who appeared looking particularly sexy in a smart tux. A deserved winner of the first award, Sheeran has had an amazing past year with his album X being number one in the UK and US.
Sheeran later appeared on stage for a special performance of Bloodstream. Just one man, his guitar, a loop-peddle and a hell of a strobe lights display; its hard to believe he could put one heck of a performance.
Sam smith provided another highlight of the evening first scooping the accolade for global success, another well deserved winner. Smith appeared on stage looking dashingly smart in a tux as he modestly accepted his award. He has also had a wonderful year recently winning an array of awards at the Grammies and having a number one album with in the lonely hour, its hard to believe this time last year he was picking up a critics choice.
Smith also took to the stage as one of many live performances for an absolutely stunning rendition of his track Lay Me Down which was possibly one of the best performances of the night. He flawlessly made his through verse after verse hitting every note with perfecting like an absolute pro and raising the roof with his power and raw emotion- enough the send shivers down my spine .
He took to the stage later in proceedings collecting his second award as the British breakthrough act- a slightly understated accolade for an act of such popularity and success as Mr Smith but nevertheless truly deserved.
This was followed by ex-musicians assistant Paloma Faith picking up the award for British female who gave an extremely long but emotional acceptance speech. Faith braced the stage in a sophisticated black ensemble looking particularly vintage with a chignon bun held loosely by a rose. She too appeared on stage for an Adele esque performance of Only love Could Hurt Like This. In a plain black dress under a water fall she belted her heart out filling the hall with her husky tones before thanking fans modestly once again.
for this years critics choice award the panel choose a relatively new artist who recently provided the music live for a Burberry ss15 catwalk. A guy with long hair and a love of hats and like Ed Sheeran sings with a guitar quite a lot. That guy was none other than James Bay, who surprisingly did not follow tradition and perform at this years awards, something I was slightly disappointed about.
However, the disappointment was short lived as George Ezra took to the stage for another flawless performance of his catchy ditty Budapest, a true sing along number even for those who probably cant sing. True to its name the night was owned by the Brits as Songwriter producer extraordinaire Mark Ronson was awarded his first ever Brit award for Uptown Funk in which he graciously thanked Bruno Mars and paid homage to legend James Brown “the father of funk”.
While the night was all about the Brits, it was time to celebrate the international stars of the past year, this section was kicked off nicely with a win for Taylor Swift , another act receiving her first ever brit award for international female while the international male went to undoubtedly the most stylish man in the world Mr Pharrell Williams who accepted his award via video camera as he couldn’t be there in person. The final of the international awards were for international group and only one band of true stature could win an award like this. The incredible Foo Fighters! Dave Grohl known by most as the “nicest man in music” lead the thanks via video camera as they thanked their fans around the world for the votes.
As the night began to round off for another year the stunning Fearne Cotton braced the stage accompanied by Charli xcx to hand out the award for british video which not surprisingly went to the “biggest boyband in the world” One direction for their music art that was you and I. Now shockingly for the first time in years one direction couldn’t not make it to accept their award, shock horror. So none other than Mr Nasty Himself Simon Cowell accepted it on behalf.
The night was wrapped up with a final award, the big one for Best British Album presented by American Actor Russell Crowe. This accolade was a category full of potential with a lot of big names and fantastic albums from the past year . But could really only go to one person. Mr Ed Sheeran. The slightly drunk attractive ginger braced the stage a second time for a brief acceptance speech and interview with the hosts.
But the night could only be rounded off by one person and that one person was none other than the legendary queen of pop herself Madonna her returns to the brits after 20 years. Now considering the fantastic performances that were scattered throughout the night Madonnas was a little to be desired.
After a disastrous start which saw her being pulled down the stairs, the rest of her performance was a little ridged and very understated in terms of being a big finale. Nevertheless her desire to get up and continue after such a fall showed her resilience and professionalism, however was no where near the standard of the earlier performances of Smith and Sheeran.
So what of the hosts of this years extravaganza? well personally it was nice to see them back on our screens at the show but the two had a big task taking the reins from James Corden who has presented the show for the past four years. While the show lacked the original Geordie banter that the pair are famed for. The night was littered full of the tricks and trades that would appear in Saturday night takeaway but were toned down to suit the more sophisticated settings of the show.
Overall they made perfect hosts for a show of this stature however over the years the crowd has lacked the enthusiasm hat it was once gifted with. In comparison to last year it was a more toned down affair but was littered with stellar performances and stylish guests. With a bit of luck the duo will return again next year and bring some of their renown tricks and trades with them.