ua Lipa was the massive winner at a female-dominated Brit Awards, marking the return of reside music to the O2 Area after greater than a 12 months.
Little Combine, Arlo Parks, US rockers Haim and Billie Eilish had been additionally among the many acts who took residence gongs on the London venue on Tuesday night time.
The occasion, which featured an viewers of 4,000 folks, happened as a part of the Authorities’s reside occasions pilot scheme and a pair of,500 tickets had been gifted to key employees from the Better London space, lots of whom wore blue.
The Brits’ voting academy underwent a significant overhaul in 2017 to make it extra gender balanced and various, with lots of of recent members invited to hitch the pool.
Lipa secured each finest feminine solo artist and the coveted finest album award, utilizing her first speech to name for a pay rise for NHS employees and her second to demand a posthumous bravery award for 20-year-old Folajimi Olubunmi-Adewole, who not too long ago died after leaping into the River Thames to avoid wasting a girl.
Little Combine made historical past as the primary feminine group to win the very best British group prize.
Throughout their speech, the group, Leigh-Anne Pinnock, Jade Thirlwall and Perrie Edwards thanked former bandmate Jesy Nelson who stop in December after saying the high-profile position had “taken a toll” on her psychological well being.
Taylor Swift, who appeared in individual, was introduced with the worldwide icon award, the primary lady to be awarded the prize, and delivered a speech to the budding artists within the room.
Talking in regards to the pressures of the music trade, she stated: “You may’t let that crush you, it’s a must to let it gas you as a result of we reside in a world the place anybody has the appropriate to say something that they need about you at any time however simply please keep in mind that you’ve the appropriate to show them improper.”
Rapper Headie One delivered the largest efficiency of the night time with a rendition of his hit Ain’t It Completely different alongside fellow Brit nominee AJ Tracey, together with a brand new verse taking purpose on the Authorities over free college meals and difficult the damaging public notion of drill music.
Jack Whitehall kicked off the occasion with a sketch that includes Line Of Responsibility stars Vicky McClure and Martin Compston, in addition to social media sensation Jackie Weaver, who went viral together with her contributions to a parish council assembly.
Coldplay additionally delivered a efficiency of their new single Greater Energy from a pontoon on the River Thames, surrounded by hologram dancers and in opposition to a backdrop of purple and orange fireworks.
Eilish noticed off competitors from artists together with Cardi B and Swift to win the worldwide feminine solo artist gong, whereas Parks stated it was her “dream come true” to be named breakthrough artist.
Haim beat acts together with Run The Jewels and BTS to win the worldwide group award.
Elsewhere, the British single award went to Harry Types for Watermelon Sugar and J Hus was named finest male solo artist.
Years And Years frontman Olly Alexander and Sir Elton John carried out a model of the Pet Store Boys’ Nineteen Eighties hit It’s A Sin, impressed by the Channel 4 TV sequence of the identical title.
The pair had been joined on stage by drag queens whereas Sir Elton’s husband David Furnish delivered an introduction highlighting the work of the Elton John Aids Basis.
The night time additionally featured performances from Rag’n’Bone Man and P!nk with the Lewisham & Greenwich NHS Choir, viral sea shanty sensation Nathan Evans and rising star award winner Griff.
Viewers members attending the indoor ceremony weren’t socially distanced or required to put on face coverings as soon as seated.
Nonetheless, they wanted proof of a damaging lateral circulation take a look at end result to enter the venue and will probably be required to offer particulars to NHS Take a look at and Hint and comply with Authorities steerage whereas travelling.