The British Phonographic Industry’s annual Pop Music Awards, which provide the opportunity for the world to celebrate British music, as well as other international artists and appreciate their hard work on singles and albums to date. This year, the awards were presented by James Corden and involved a number of A-list celebrities of the moment, including Taylor Swift, One Direction and Justin Timberlake.
Muse opened up the show with an amazing performance of ‘Supremacy,’ to set the ball rolling and also by the looks of the rest of the evening, the standards. This years show included so many exciting performances and the excitement took over twitter, with thousands of fans ‘hash-tagging,’ their favourite performances, acts and who they wanted to win particular awards.
One Direction, as expected sent all the girls wild with the performance of their new single, a cover of Blondie’s ‘One Way or Another,’ which they have released in aid of Comic Relief to help raise money for the cause. Their performance was very fun and involved a lot of movement and the lads making use of the stage space. Die-hard Blondie fans, however, might want to steer clear of listening to this very pop cover, however keep in mind the good cause of Comic Relief and the lads get an A for effort with every performance- they really put their all into it.
Taylor Swift raised eyebrows with her performance of her latest single of ‘I Knew You Were Trouble.’ After years of maintaining her innocent, country-girl image, she began the performance in a white gown which she stripped off, swapping to a little black, revealing play-suit. It was a refreshing change to her usual simple performances, the set was big and it was obvious a lot of effort had been put into the performance. Although, the skimpy outfit and erotic dancing may have been distracting for an audience full of fans of her musical and vocal talent- despite this possible criticism, it was a very entertaining performance.
Amongst other performances was the stunning Emeli Sande, who proved why she won Best Female Solo Artist and British Album, with her performance of the tracks ‘Clown,’ and ‘Next To Me.’ She began the performance on the piano and let her voice do the talking, almost silencing onlookers, before abandoning the instrument to take to the stage, with an impressive performance with the help of impressive backing vocalists and instrumentalists.
Mumford & Sons performed a lively and outstanding version of their single ‘I Will Wait,’ which was enough to lift anyone’s spirits and no doubt had the crowd stomping their feet and singing along, with impressive instrumental rifts and vocals, proving they most certainly deserved the award for best British Group.
British artist Ben Howard had a very successful evening at The Brits winning both British Breakthrough Act and British Male after coming into the limelight over the past 2 years and releasing an outstanding album, followed by a series of performances at festivals and tours. All his hard work certainly has paid off, he accepted his awards gracefully and expressed such an admiring gratitude, before performing his stunning song ‘Only Love,’ in the best way he does, with just him, his guitar and his loyal female backing singer and her instrument. His raw and gritty vocals still expressed the authentic emotion all his performances have, it really was a beautiful moment and he is an undoubtedly talented man.
Another memorable performance was of course, Justin Timberlake’s. After a long break in the music industry to peruse a career in producing music and acting, Timberlake is back and was keen to show loyal fans that he certainly hasn’t lost his talent or ability to perform. He performed his new single ‘Mirrors’ from his new album ’20/20′ which will be released in March, whilst demonstrating how his performance ability has matured with his age, he provided stunning vocals, with an outstanding band and backing singers supporting him. It was a very heart-felt performance, and it is safe to say, he has been missed in the industry! He proves that pop music isn’t just about commercial tactics and a particular image, pop music does showcase real talent.
Overall, The Brits this year was arguably bigger than ever, with exciting performances, returns to the industry and well deserved awards. It is also a moment of pride for Britain, proving that Brits do have an influence in the huge, global industry of music and it is a moment to praise those who deserve it for all their hard work for their fans entertainment.
And the Winners Are..
- Best Female Solo Artist – Emeli Sandé
- British Breakthrough Act – Ben Howard
- British Male Solo Artist – Ben Howard
- International Female Solo Artist – Lana Del Ray
- British Live Act – Coldplay
- British Single – Adele – Skyfall
- International Group – The Black Keys
- International Male Solo Artist– Frank Ocean
- Special Recognition – Warchild
- British Album – Emeli Sandé – Our Version of Events
- Global Success – One Direction
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