It’s that time of the year again! The BRITs are back with a bang and a brand new host to celebrate the best of British music. We loved that the 2021 Awards audience was solely London-based key-workers, but it was a pretty special feeling to see the O2 Arena once again packed to the brim with music fans.
There were some changes to the usual ceremony this year with a new face hosting and the removal of gendered categories. Hosting a show as iconic as the BRITs is not an easy gig, but Mo Gilligan brought the heart and fun that makes the show so special. It was also a milestone moment as Mo became the first Black British host of the award show since its beginning in 1977. It’s amazing to see the award show diversifying and being more reflective of British culture in 2022. Here’s a round-up of some of our favorite moments from the show:
Ed Sheeran And Bring Me The Horizon
This was a collab we really never saw coming, but we’re so glad it happened! Ed and the band opened the show with a rendition of ‘Bad Habits.’ The performance was complete with contortionists, a spectacular light show, and even aerial dancers. BMTH frontman Oli Sykes brought a whole new edge to the pop banger, which topped the charts for 11 weeks in 2021. What a way to open the show!
Anne-Marie, KSI, And Digital Farm Animals
To help kick off our favorite moments of the evening, we had to talk about this performance of ‘Don’t Play’ by Anne-Marie, KSI, and Digital Farm Animals. The second performance of the night has been a hit on social media after Anne-Marie took a tumble at the start of the medley of hits. But in typical Anne-Marie spirit, our girl got back up and gave an absolutely stellar performance. A masterclass in professionalism and perseverance, we are so glad she continued and absolutely smashed it! She’s since been joking with fans on Twitter who have rallied around her.
Adele Wins Big
The Queen of the BRITs is back, and this year she managed to scoop three major awards. Adele went home with Song of The Year for ‘Easy on Me,’ Artist of the Year, and finally won Album of the Year for 30. Winning Song of the Year, Adele said she “couldn’t believe a piano ballad won up against that many bangers,” but we can! 30 was the biggest album of 2021 after just six weeks on sale. So impressive! She also gave a beautiful performance of ‘I Drink Wine.’ The stripped-back simplicity showcased her vocal talent and songwriting skills, so deserving of Artist of the Year.
We also love that Adele took a moment to recognize the power of being a woman in music. This year 18 female artists were nominated across 13 categories, the most since 2010! We love that Adele is so proud to be a woman in music and took the time to celebrate that as well as her fellow nominees.
The Long-Distance Acceptance Speeches!
While it was a party in the O2, some artists were unable to attend due to prior commitments and tours taking place. We didn’t mind, though, as they all sent in videos to show their appreciation! Billie Eilish picked up the International Artist of the Year award, and Dua Lipa sent a video from Miami thanking fans for voting for the award for Best Pop/R&B Act. However, we have to admit that our favorite was Silk Sonic‘s acceptance of the International Group award. They were only sent one award but they’re totally okay with sharing right? Leave it to them to send in the funniest acceptance speech!
Welcoming The New Wave Of Talent
The BRITS celebrate the biggest names in music, but they also give a platform to incredible new artists. Last year we saw pop favorite Griff go stratospheric after winning the Rising Star Award. Last night she passed it onto the wonderful Holly Humberstone. We love Holly here at THP and we can’t wait to see what she’s going to achieve in the coming years. Holly gave a beautifully haunting performance of her latest single ‘London is Lonely.’ Watch it here:
Another previous Rising Star Recipient, Sam Fender, also had a successful night. Picking up the BRITs award for Best Alternative/Rock Act. He also delivered a brilliant performance of his smash single ’17 Going Under.’ We don’t know about you but it was stuck in our heads all evening! Wolf Alice was awarded Best Group. The band have a huge year ahead with multiple tours and festivals and are even opening for Harry Styles on his summer tour!
Little Simz (And Her Mum!)
We could have included Little Simz with the last section but we felt her triumphant evening deserved a category of its own. Not only did she deliver a powerful yet joyful performance of her songs ‘Introvert’ and ‘Woman‘ from her album Sometimes I Might Be Introvert, but she also won Best New Artist. For her acceptance speech, she brought her mum up on stage with her, and spoiler alert, it was the sweetest moment of the evening. In her acceptance speech, she spoke about being an independent artist and encouraged anyone watching to pursue their dreams no matter where they come from or what they look like. She’s so inspiring, and seeing how proud her mum was, was a standout moment of the evening.
Dave’s Mega Performance
Closing out our list and closing out the BRITs, Dave gave a jaw-dropping performance of ‘In The Fire.’ The award-winning rapper was joined by Giggs, Ghetts, Meekz & Fredo on stage. The performance had so many incredible elements including a beautiful gospel choir and pyrotechnics for days. His guitar skills weren’t the only thing on fire, no literally. He had fire shooting out of his guitar. The entire performance was iconic, and we love to see Dave’s talent being showcased year after year at the BRITs. This year he was the recipient of the award for Best Hip Hop/Rap/Grime Act.
What was your favorite moment from this year’s BRITs? Did your faves pick up any awards? Let us know down in the comments below or by tweeting us @TheHoneyPOP!