BRIT Awards 2016

This years Brit Awards took place at the O2 arena in London Wednesday 24 February and was hosted by Ant McPartlin and Declen Donelly. Adele swept the board with four awards and was crowned queen of the Brits she also gave a live performance. There was also a spectacular performances from Rihanna and an “understated” tribute to David Bowie, by Lorde, featuring the late star’s touring band. Actor Gary Oldman also payed tribute to David Bowie. Coldplay, James Bay and Justin Bieber also received Brit Awards.

However criticism was leveled at the organizers over the distinct lack of diversity at this yearsBrit Awards.As no black artists were nominated or recognized in any major categories. soul singer Laura Mvula decline to attend the event, saying the mainstream music industry failed to reflect the aspirations of young, black artists. Although The Brit Awards demonstrated that guitar-based indie rock is not dead With the resurgence of indie-rock band Catfish and the Bottlemen, the Welsh band led by Van McCann, which has built a devoted following through relentless gigging, won the Breakthrough category. The group, a festivals favourite, beat pop chart-topper Jess Glynne and James Bay in a public vote. Meanwhile Tame Impala, the Australian psychedelic rock band which incorporated electro and R&B influences into its latest album Lonerism, took the International Group prize, beating Eagles of Death Metal, the band targeted in the Paris terrorist shootings. Coldplay became the most successful band in Brits history, taking their career wins to nine when the quartet accepted the British Group award which they first won in 2001.

Adele’s album 25, which has sold 15m copies worldwide since its November release, was judged the year’s best. Adele also won Best British Female award , and the award for Best Single for “Hello”. Adele’s album 25 also wonThe Global Success award For achieving the most international sales, having sold 8m copies in the US alone. For the 27 year-old, it was a poignant return to the O2 Arena. It was Adele’s emotional performance of Someone Like You at the 2011 Brit Awards which propelled the singer to international chart dominance. No artist had taken four Brits in one night since Blur at the height of Britpop in 1995. Last year’s Critics’ Choice winner James Bay also won Best Male thanks to the platinum-selling success of the singer-songwriter’s debut album Chaos and the Calm.

Justin Bieber performed at this years BritAwards Ceremony and also won Best International Male category, over Kendrick Lamar and The Weeknd, following the release of his Purpose album, featuring collaborations with dubstep producers Diplo and Skrillex. Bjork won best International Female for the fourth time following a traumatic year for the Icelandic singer, who poured the emotional upheaval from her breakup with artist Matthew Barney into a highly personal album, Vulnicura. Bowie’s farewell album Blackstar will be eligible for next year’s awards. The singer was represented by his friend Kate Moss when he won at the 2014 awards.

  • British female solo artist: – Adele
  • British male solo artist: – James Bay
  • International group – Tame Impala
  • British Single – Adele – Hello
  • Best British Group – Coldplay
  • Best InternationalMale Solo Artist – Justine Beiber
  • Best British Breakthrough Act – Catfish and the Bottlemen
  • Global Success – Adele
  • Best International Female Solo Artist – Bjork
  • Best British video of the year – One Direction
  • MasterCard British album of the year – Adele 25
  • British producer – Charlie Andrew
  • Critic’s Choice – Jack Garratt

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