Wednesday, 16 February 2011

The Brits 2011 Winners

Another spectacular night was had last night, as the Brits were broadcast live from the O2 Arena in London. It was hosted by James Corden, who for his first time hosting on his own, did really well. 
This year was one of the best yet with some amazing performances, specifically Plan B performing alongside a full-scale fight with riot police (borrowed from Take That's opening performance?!), ending with a policeman on fire!
Other stand out performances were Adele, Rihanna and Tinie Tempah - who came away with 2 awards.

Here is my take on the night, featuring the winners and a look back at my predictions...

1. British Male Solo Artist - Plan B

As I predicted, Plan B picked up best male. It really has been Plan B’s year, whose song ‘She Said’, sits alongside Tinie Tempah’s ‘Pass Out’ for Song of the year. I’m looking forward to his next album, rumoured to be reggae influenced. 
Here is his performance - the best of the night! 

2. British Breakthrough Act - Tinie Tempah
Again, getting off to a role, I predicted correctly and there really was no other winner, with Tinie Tempah ruling the charts all year, he had the biggest success in 2010, more than many established artists. It’s hard to believe that it has only been about year since he first burst into mainstream with the deliciously infectious ‘Pass Out’, no. 1 in My Top 20 for 2010.

3. International Album - Arcade Fire 'The Suburbs'
With a surprise win, but perhaps not so surprising considering their storm at the Grammy’s a few days ago. Their acceptance speech was very sweet and made a great impression on the crowd as they named their British influences. 

4. Critic's Choice - Jessie J
With the result known months ago, this was largely just a formal presenting of the award. What was surprising was the genuinely heartfelt acceptance speech that Jessie J gave, as she expressed how much it meant to her. One of the truest acceptance’s of the night. 

5. International Male Solo Artist - Cee Lo Green
I was a little surprised that Eminem didn’t win, but then Cee Lo Green has had more recent success with viral smash ‘Forget You’, so he was the only other contender. His finale performance with Paloma Faith was more than a little cringe-worthy though, however. 

6. British Single - Tinie Tempah 'Pass Out'
Out of the long list of nominees only Plan B and Tinie Tempah had any chance of winning with their standout songs of the year. I found it impossible to choose between the two in my predictions, but with Tinie Tempah’s international success, and over 16 million hits on YouTube he was king of the Brits last night. 
Here is his performance...

7. International Group - Arcade Fire
As predicted, it is Arcade Fire’s year this year and they definitely deserved it, as the most humble and real out of the rest of the nominees. 

8. International Breakthrough Act - Justin Bieber
Oh. Dear. As I said in my predictions, ANYONE but Justin Bieber. Unfortunately the Brits lot disagreed. For sheer stirring of opinions Justin Bieber wins, but for actual quality? I’m sorry but I cannot agree with this in the slightest. 

9. British Female Solo Artist - Laura Marling
Yes, I would have liked to see Ellie Goulding get some recognition, but Laura Marling is a quality performer, so was the next best thing. At least it wasn’t Cheryl Cole. 

10. International Female Solo Artist - Rihanna
Choosing between Rihanna and Katy Perry in my predictions was hard, but since then it was clear that Rihanna was the only contender. After ten no.1‘s in the US so far, she is very much at the top of her game. 
And she did one stomping performance...

11. British Group - Take That
As I predicted Take That, won but I’m still disappointed Mumford & Sons didn’t win. Never fear, they did, thankfully get recognised at the end of the night...

12. Mastercard British Album of the Year - Mumford & Sons 'Sigh No More'
The competition was extremely tough this year. The award could have easily gone to any of the nominees. Mumford & Sons have achieved international success and it was a great way to end the night, albeit rushed to get to Cee Lo Green’s performance. 
And to end here is one of my favourite performances of the night - Adele singing ‘Someone Like You’ live...

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