The BRIT Awards 2012
The BRITs this year brought performance upon brilliant performance, celebrities upon brilliant celebrities and the toughest categories seen for years! Brought to the whole nation by the amazing James Corden, who didn’t fail to make sure Labrinth, who interrupted his presenting got a good telling off.. cheeky!
So amongst all the amazing winners, especially to the ones from the urban scene including Adele, Rihanna, Bruno Mars, Ed Sheeran, & Emeli Sande, Whitney Houston (whose tribute was earnestly delivered by Cordon) was by far the brightest star that shone over the Brits. Although it was critiqued over twitter for being the most disappointing & miniature part of the evening, as well as tributes to Amy Winehouse who sadly passed last year.
Adele won the first award of the night, 'Best British Solo Artist' the Humble star from Tottenham finally swallowed her words and gave a heartfelt shout out. There's NO stopping her now, this home-grown talent is going nowhere. She captured the crowd last year after performing 'Someone Like You'. 21 was by far her most personal album. Through heartbreak, she channelled her negativity into heart wrenching, soul shaking music. Upon picking up her award she later graced the stage to sing 'Rolling In The Deep', It’s like she does it so effortlessly. But I don't think she was too happy in being cut off by James Corden for a performance by Blur.. Oops?
Winners of the night
International Male: Bruno Mars - With a best-selling album ‘Doo Wops and Hooligans’ that was number 1 a year after its release, and a sell out tour, it wasn’t a surprise that Bruno won the award. His cheeky little dance at the table when his name was announced made every female fall in love with him a bit more. With a sweet grin, he jokingly said ‘this is almost taller than me!’ Bruno Mars is perhaps one of the most phenomenal international acts in modern day music.
International Female: Rihanna - She graciously accepted her award whilst remaining one of the sexiest stars at the event. Dedicating the award to her fans, who she said ‘always remind me to be myself’, she did none of the dirty, sassy things we may have expected (That came later in her performance of We Found Love). A courteous acceptance and a simple thank you did much to contrast her image, but fitted the bill smoothly.
Best Male Solo Artist/ British Breakthrough Artist: Ed Sheeran - 21 year old was dressed up in a smart suit to collect his award, replacing his scruffy tee-and-jeans combination. Thanking his family, friends and fans along with Radio DJ’s and his label, his thanks was a short but sweet one. Not wrong when he said ‘I’m really bad at this’ he shyly left the stage. Former student of Brit School deserved his awards for his hardwork & dedication this year.
A special mention and huge applause should be given to Emeli Sande who followed in Jessie J’s footsteps from last year by winning the Critics’ Choice Award. Emeli has said that she hopes to be in the position that Jessie J is a year after her success and Jessie J told Emeli to carry on being herself and she’ll keep climbing to the top!
Ed Sheeran performance: Simplistic performance, Ed sang a sweet rendition of ‘Legohouse’. The whole set was a nice tone down to the hectic night, and perfectly on-key. A one-man band in a casual t-shirt and jeans, this guy really knows how to pull off the scruffy look and work the crowd.
Bruno Mars performance: His slick hair and classy suit topped off a silky smooth performance with beautiful vocals. Putting a Motown spin on what could have been a mediocre rendition of sickly sweet ballad ‘Just The Way You Are’, Bruno and his band pulled off yet another memorable hit in BRIT history. He is constantly bringing an old school style back into modern music and making sure cheesy pop doesn’t take over. Watch this space, this man has a lot more to give.
Rihanna performance: Perfect choice of song from the Barbados’ babe. Rihanna created anarchy on stage in her 2012 BRITS performance, colouring in the stage while blasting out the powerful lyrics to 'We Found Love'. The confident urban female image she has created echoed throughout the BRITs when she strutted about stage looking every bit the original urban explosion she channels in her music. This girl really can get away with wearing anything, as even in a holey jumper she looked amazing.
This year's BRIT Awards came so fast & has gone just as. An entertaining night out for the artists and night in for the fans watching the spectacle. Nothing beats giving appreciation where appreciation is due, awarding artists for giving our ears great music to listen to at home, in our bedroom, on the way to work or cheekily for the younger ones .. In the middle of a boring lesson!