Wow! This year’s BRITs were truly something special, weren’t they? This was the first live event taking place in London’s O2 Arena since the pandemic hit and was part of the UK government’s Events Research Programme. It was phenomenal to see live music back and with an audience. Though at a limited capacity, attendees to the awards had to provide a negative COVID test in order to attend. And to give thanks for their phenomenal work over the past year, the BRITs invited only London key-workers to attend as the audience among the famous VIP guests.
It was bittersweet to see what could be the beginning of our return to normality as we celebrated the biggest night in British music, but with those high emotions came a lot of fun and entertainment. It truly was magical. So magical in fact, we decided to share with you our highlights from this year’s ceremony. Let’s geddit…
Little Mix making history with the British Group award!
Mixers! Our time has come! After what feels like forever, Little Mix has finally been recognized with the award of Best British Group. This marks the first-ever girl group to win the award, making BRITs history, and the trio not only paid homage to former member Jesy but to every single girl group past and present including the Sugababes and Spice Girls. They also spoke out about their incredible decade-long journey together and how they overcame their trials and tribulations, proving people wrong and continuing to come out on top. This award is a beautiful moment in the girls’ 10 years together, and mothers-to-be Leigh-Anne and Perrie were absolutely glowing with future Auntie Jade being the biggest mood ever.
Dua Lipa dedicating her awards to some incredible people!
Dua Lipa had two big awards under her belt tonight at the BRITs with Female Solo Artist and Mastercard Album, and while we were gagging over her deserved wins, what truly made our hearts soar is when she dedicated her silver awards to some really special people.
Her first award of Female Solo Artist was dedicated to Dame Elizabeth Anionwu, the emeritus professor of nursing at the University of West London, where she also called for a necessary fair pay rise for the NHS and front line staff in the UK. Her second award for Mastercard Album was dedicated to Folajimi Olubunmi-Adewole AKA Jimi who tragically lost his life jumping into the River Thames to save a woman back in April, and his fellow rescuer Joaquin Garcia, who she called on to be given a bravery award. With Dua being such a major British icon in current pop culture, this was huge, and we are so proud of her.
Olivia Rodrigo’s British TV Debut
It wasn’t just British artists who played a big part at the BRITs, but international stars had their spotlight too! This was the first live TV performance of ‘Driver’s License‘ in the UK (and the first performance that wasn’t pre-recorded for TV) and Olivia Rodrigo stole hearts. The songstress who has been topping charts globally including on British soil made a major impact with her in-person performance. Not only that but it was reported she gave out handwritten letters to other artists in the audience including Little Mix and Taylor Swift. How cute?! We’re manifesting her winning this time next year.
Years & Years collaborating with Elton John!
We were truly floored when Olly Alexander AKA Years & Years teamed up with British music legend Elton John to perform ‘It’s A Sin’ together. The song, originally by The Petshop Boys and covered by Olly, coincided with the release of the Channel 4 & HBO Max drama of the same name, which surrounded the HIV outbreak in the 80s. The song and the message were given a real lease of life with this fantastically androgynous performance. It was then announced this version is being released with proceeds going to the Elton John AIDs Foundation. You can purchase it here.
Taylor Swift being awarded the Global Icon!
One major award was, of course, the Global Icon Award, and we were so thrilled to see our queen Taylor Swift take it home this year! After messages of congratulations from the likes of her friends Selena Gomez and Ed Sheeran, TayTay took to the stage and gave such an amazing speech which truly got us welled up. She gave inspiring words of wisdom to new artists, and just had us hooked on every word that left her mouth, which tbh isn’t really new, but in this scenario, we couldn’t be more proud of her. Not to mention, she looked like a real princess!
Michelle Obama presenting The Weeknd with International Male Solo Artist
Michelle Obama presenting The Weeknd as the winner of the “International Male Solo Artist” at #BRITs. Congrats Abel, @theweeknd #TheWeeknd #Abel @MichelleObama #MichelleObama pic.twitter.com/fdKj1am5Ep— Collete, Ralf A.L.L (@rcollete) May 11, 2021
After his incredible performance at The BRITs (which was a fitting tribute to the UK weather, let’s be real) Michelle Obama was welcomed via videolink in which she honored The Weeknd with the award for International Male Solo Artist. It was such a wonderful moment to see Abel being awarded such a great honor after an incredible year of music that transcended globally with his undeniable success. A truly proud moment!
Harry Styles literally popping up from nowhere
We knew Harry was nominated at this year’s awards, but with no red carpet pictures ahead of the ceremony or appearance on the pre-show, we just assumed he was a no show. After all, he’s busy wrapped up with his acting career right now, so we wouldn’t blame him for wanting a night off in his sweatpants with a takeout. However, when announced as the winner of Best British Single for ‘Watermelon Sugar,’ we were actually taken back to see Hazza himself hop up to the stage to accept the award. HE KEPT THAT QUIET, DIDN’T HE?! But it was a lovely surprise, and to see him in an outfit only he could pull off, our fashion king keeps on serving.
Griff’s performance and winning the Rising Star Award
It’s no secret that we at THP stan Griff, so we were beyond stoked to find out that our girlie had won the Rising Star at this year’s BRITs. Watching her perform at such a big awards ceremony was a really emotionally charged moment for us and we definitely blubbed a little when she was presented with the award by last year’s winner Celeste. We know big things are coming for Griff and mark our words, now is the time to add her to your stan list.
The NHS Choir performing with Rag’n’Bone Man & P!nk
In an emotional finale to such an amazing night, Rag’N’Bone Man and P!NK closed the show with the incredible Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Choir. They had everyone truly welling up with such a groundbreaking performance. and paid such a fitting tribute to the frontline workers who have worked so hard this past year. The single ‘Anywhere Away From Here’ is now available with proceeds going to NHS Charities.
What was your favorite moment from this year’s BRITs? Did your faves scoop an award? Let us know down in the comments below or by tweeting us @TheHoneyPOP!
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