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24th February 2017

A Big Night for Music!

 

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The award season is already in full swing and following La La Land’s success at both the Oscars and BAFTAs, it was time for British music to have its moment of glory. The Brit Awards has been responsible for some of Britain’s greatest unexpected television moments over its thirty-five year reign. Who could forget Sam Fox and Mick Fleetwood’s catastrophic attempt at hosting the ceremony in 1989? Or when Jarvis Cocker derailed Michael Jackson’s performance of the Earth Song in 1996? Moments that have helped make up the fabric of recent popular culture and we have been lucky enough to see it unfold in front of our very eyes.

Last year, I fulfilled yet another lifetime’s ambition when I attended the 2016 Brit Awards live from the O2. The show opened with an electrifying performance from one of the award’s most coveted winners; Coldplay, who were also performing an intimate gig in another part of the O2 on the same evening. But Adele was the perfect top of the bill when she performed  a faultless performance of her smash hit When We Were Young. I had such high hopes for the show and it didn’t let me down.

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This year, I had to once again enjoy the ceremony from the comfort of my sofa as Dermot O’Leary and Emma Willis were last minute replacements for the great Michael Bublè who sadly was forced to pull out to be with his brave son in his battle with cancer. It may have something to do with my age but I still believe that there’s only been one perfect presenter of the Brits in the last twenty years and that’s Chris Evans. To me, he always possessed that unique ability to straddle that fine line between respect and controversy which is necessary for an event like this. It’s just a shame that in light of recent contentious issues surrounding some of Britain’s most celebrated stars, ITV decided to play it safe with two national sweethearts.

 

Since the demise of Top Of The Pops over a decade ago, The Brit Awards remains one of just a handful of programmes to showcase the very best in live music. X Factor winners Little Mix opened the show with a medley of their hits from 2016, thus proving that reality television may be able to produce accomplished music stars and despite it not being my cup of tea, I still appreciate that they have a huge following. It became quite a night for Little Mix when they picked up the award for best British single for Shout out to my ex. Ironically this wasn’t Simon Cowell’s only triumph of the night for he presented One Direction with the award for best video for History. Personally, one would have to ponder on the state of the judging panel on this category when four out of the ten nominees were from the Cowell empire.

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Live performances kept coming and when the pint sized melodic rocket Bruno Mars took over proceedings with his brand new single; That’s what I like, we were treated to a masterclass in showmanship. With slight echoes of the late great king of pop Michael Jackson, Bruno Mars certainly knows how to whip a crowd up into a frenzy. It’s a real mystery to the reason why he was overlooked for best international male.

 

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The Brits Critics Choice award has long since been regarded as an indication of who will go on to dominate British Music over the next twelve months and has been won by musical superstars including; Adele, Ed Sheeran and Emeli Sande. This year, the award went to thirty-two year old Rory Graham, better known as Rag ‘n’ Bone Man who stormed the uk charts this year with his smash hit, Human. It’s exciting to see what he’ll do over the next twelve months and whether he can reproduce the success of his predecessors. The only shame is that we didn’t hear him sing live.

 

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In contrast to celebrating new talent, the O2 promptly paused to remember those we lost in 2016. This was followed by a tribute to the late great George Michael who tragically passed away on Christmas Day. Wham! bandmate Andrew Ridgely spoke fondly of his dearly departed friend before Chris Martin took to the stage covering one of Michael’s lesser known hits. A montage of his finest moments provided the perfect accompaniment to Martin’s vocals reinforcing the significant contribution which George Michael made to the world of pop. In the year where we lost so many entertainment icons, it’s good to know that the Brits took it upon themselves to remember one of their own.

 

 

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With the somber mood over, it fell to the man of the moment; Ed Sheeran to take to the floor performing a mashup of his two massive hits Shape of you and Castle on the hill. It’s astonishing that in a matter of weeks Sheeran has gone from muting his return on Twitter to having a brace of simultaneous top three hits. Surely it’s only a matter of time before his long anticipated third album is released which will no doubt elevate the master of acoustic performance into a league of his own. For any aspiring students of the Brit School, surely Ed Sheeran’s success story is the ultimate dream.
All that remained was for the winner of the Brits Icon award; Robbie Williams to close the show with two songs from his latest album. The accomplished performer and entertainer took the O2 by storm proving to his critics that he still has the universal appeal to entertain. As the 2017 Brit Awards drew to a close, we were left wondering who would indeed triumph at next year’s ceremony and more importantly who would be the surprise new stars who will be attracting new audiences to fall in love with British music at its very best.

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