BRIT Awards 2015: The Winners
Sam Smith, Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift and more
The BRIT Awards ceremony this year threw out some crowd pleasers, some moments of sheer brilliance and some deeply awkward moments, in an eventful evening of performances, surprise guests and winners. Hosted by ITV darlings, Ant and Dec, who couldn't resist the opportunity to ask surprise presenter, Kim Kardashian-West, for a quick selfie before she introduced her husband Kanye West's debut performance of All Night. Unfortunately it didn't look like the picture was a keeper as Kim awkwardly announced that the phone was locked and it didn't take.
Speaking of awkward, the most talked about moment of the night has to be Madonna's unceremonious backwards tumble down the stairs during the early stages of her performance of Living For Love. Madonna wore a cloak as part of her performance outfit, which a dancer was to whip off her as she ascended the steps of her set, however, it was apparently "tied too tight," which meant the pop queen was tugged backwards, falling awkwardly on stage. She recovered, being the consummate professional that she is, and continued to finish her song.
The big winners of the night included; of course, Sam Smith for British Breakthrough Act and Global Success Award; Ed Sheeran scooped the British Album of the Year for 'X' and British Male Solo Artist. His counterpart, Paloma Faith was awarded British Female Solo Artist and the International Best Solo Male and Female awards went to Pharrell Williams and Taylor Swift respectively. Who all went home with their very own Tracy Emin designed gong.
Swift was delighted with her win, as it signified her first award victory on British soil, after eight years of nominations at the BRITS. She also performed a British skewed staging of her current hit Blank Page which involved her male backing dancers wearing bowler hats.
The seminal performance of the night came from Ed Sheeran, whose one-man-band performance of Bloodstream left the audience in no doubt of his award worthy musical talent. Paloma Faith went all out with her performance of Only Love Can Hurt Like This, which she sung under a full scale waterfall on stage.
In the group categories Royal Blood, who also performed, won British Group and the award's international counterpart went to rock legends Foo Fighters.
One Direction, who missed the ceremony due to commitments in Japan, won for British Video and the Critic's Choice award went to James Bay.
The winners list reads more like a chart list, reflecting public popularity, perhaps, more than critical acclaim. But, if the people have spoken, why not give them what they want (at least it kept Kanye happy.)