The annual BRIT Awards is one of the ‘red carpet season jewels’ that takes place in February. The Brits 2018, held at the O2 Arena welcomed some international and homegrown performers incusing Justin Timberlake, Foo Fighters, Rag’n’Bone Man, Dua Lipa and Cheryl ‘What’s-Her-Surname’ with her ‘plus one’ Liam Payne among others.
The ceremony was opened by a ‘mediocre’ performance of Justin Timberlake. The singer was dressed like he came straight from the JD Sport and, to add insult to injury, was shamelessly miming. The BRITs retorted back with pre-recorded cheers and applause. It seems as if Justin Timberlake is getting somewhat lazy and too comfortable in his fame. But it wasn’t just Justin who was miming at the BRITs of course and it wasn’t just him who got pre-recorded applause.
We witnessed great jokes from the host of the evening Jack Whitehall. He seemed very comfortable in his skin while winding up, teasing and almost mocking the performers and VIP’s. We must give him a credit for abstaining from politics and ‘sensitive subjects’. Same goes for the winners, who made sure to thank god (Stormzy), their fans and teams before walking off the stage. Dave Grohl paid tribute to the UK in his acceptance speech and so did Foo Fighters.
Winning Best British Band, Gorillaz frontman Damon Albarn particularly asked fans not to let ‘Politics get on the way’ – a smart move from a performer. Albarn said: “Don’t let yourselves become cut off. Considering our size, we do incredible things in music, we’ve got a real spirit and a real soul. Don’t let politics get in the way of all that shit.” The exception was British singer Dua Lipa, who probably didn’t get the memo and started preaching about “more women winning the world” (!) after accepting her award for ‘Best British Female Solo Artist’.
For the excitement of her fans, Dua Lipa performed on stage dressed in a colourful swimsuit accompanied by dozens of supporting female dancers dressed in micro skirts and bikinis. So much for women’s empowerment then.
Rag’n’Bone Man – “a man with a voice of an angel and a beard of a wizard,” according to Whitehall, delivered great vocals before collecting his award for Best British Single.
The legendary Foo Fighters seemed like a predictable bet for Best International Group and acknowledged UK fans in their acceptance speech. Kendrick Lamar scooped an award for Best International Male and gave a genuinely heartfelt speech: “I’d just like to thank y’all for holding me down for so long. I’m on tour, it’s been some of the most amazing fans riding wit’ me.”
Lorde took home the award for Best International Female Solo Artist whilst Liam Gallagher filled in for Ariana Grande who was set to pay tribute to the victims of the Manchester Arena attack but pulled out ‘due to illness’.
Ed Sheeran won Global Success prize after performing his down-beat single “Supermarket Flowers”. Great vocals but way too melancholic for the usually upbeat BRITs.
Then, Brit winner Stormzy ‘sang’ a Grenfell ‘protest’ song so filled with ignorance and factual errors that it was painful to witness. The British public has been extremely generous giving more than £15 million to the cause, and the Government has put aside almost £60 million for the re-housing, compensation and various miscellaneous costs. Calling people that had nothing to do with the tragedy ‘criminals’ is ridiculous and puerile. Do grow up.
The 2018 BRITs Awards celebrates ‘the best in music’ and it is rather comforting that this year there was significantly less ‘ghetto music’ and the range of music recognised varied from grime to pop to rock and hip-hop…It feels like the organisers of the Brits paid a little more attention to British music this year too.
BRITs 2018 Afterparty hosted by Tempus Magazine
Tamara A Orlova and Joe Alvarez at BRITs 2018
Best saved for last. After there were no more prizes left, VIP guests were invited to the official BRITs after party hosted by Tempus Magazine. The event – split across two-floors of the Intercontinental Hotel – saw a bonanza of entertainers and Day of The Dead themed performances. The guests were sipping Beringice Vodka cocktails and splashing money on specially installed for the occasion casino tables.
The disco dance floor, photo booths and a perfect view to fireworks had something to offer to those not into gaming.
Full List of BRITs Awards 2018 Winners
British male solo artist Stormzy
British female solo artist Dua Lipa
British group Gorillaz
British breakthrough act Dua Lipa
British single Rag’n’Bone Man – Human
British album Stormzy – Gang Signs & Prayer
British artist video (voted by the audience in Twitter) Harry Styles – Sign of the Times
International male solo artist Kendrick Lamar
International female solo artist Lorde
International group Foo Fighters
Dua Lipa at BRITs Awards 2018. Photo Courtesy of BRIT Awards