My Brits 2021 Best Moments
What a night for women in music
Last night, UK audiences enjoyed the 41st annual Brit Awards, celebrating the best and brightest stars in British and international music.
Hosted by comedian Jack Whitehall, the awards night was the UK's first major indoor live music event in well over a year. The biggest winners included Dua Lipa, Harry Styles, J Hus and Little Mix.
Here were some of my favourite moments from the star-studded event:
Dua Lipa's Future Nostalgia medley
Following Coldplay's opening performance from a pontoon on the middle of the River Thames, viewers were then transported to Charing Cross Tube Station. Lipa, trying to appear just as normal as the rest of us, donned her big trench coat and Amy Winehouse-esque up-do as she performed an acoustic, classical rendition of Love Again. Then, with the magic of television, she jumped onto the tube (changing into a gorgeous Union Jack suit) and went into full popstar-mode as she belted out Physical. Just before the song's final chorus, the screen went dark and Dua was in the O2, flashing lights and dancers surrounding her. Lipa's energy was vivacious and impressive, proving her status as one of the world's biggest musical talents. And the show kept on going as she performed short snippets of Pretty Please, Hallucinate, Don't Start Now, and closed with the album's title track. We all love an album megamix and Dua got the party started in a big way.
Little Mix winning Best British Group
I have been a Little Mix superfan since they were on X-Factor each week with their cute bow ties and snazzy sneakers. And last night the girls made history, becoming the first girl band to win Best British Group. Jade, Perrie and Leigh-Anne looked stunning in all-white, and the trio were extremely gracious to receive the award. They used their speech as a platform for more than just a simple thank you, addressing the misogyny and lack of diversity within the music industry, as well as the history of the award itself. In true girl power, they dedicated their win to some of yesteryear's most famous girl groups including the Spice Girls, Sugababes and Girls Aloud. Little Mix have been the talk of the town since the pregnancy announcements of Leigh-Anne and Perrie, and this ground-breaking moment cements their status and standing in the music world.
Olivia Rodrigo's performance
In the last couple of months, this American teen has made her mark in pop music. Her first single reached number one in various countries worldwide and broke Spotify's record twice for most daily streams ever for a non-holiday song. This weekend, she features as the musical guest on NBC's Saturday Night Live, and her debut album Sour is set to release next Friday. 18-year-old Rodrigo made her musical debut with her first UK live TV performance, singing her hit song Drivers License. With just a piano and harp accompanying her, Olivia's powerhouse vocals rang true across the O2 Arena, and she looked simply gorgeous in a flowing, red gown. Making your feature debut at the Brits is no easy feat and Rodrigo proved that her musical prowess shouldn't be underestimated. The only way is up for this singing sensation.
20-year-old Griff, the recipient of the Rising Star Award, was introduced on a huge scale to UK viewers and music lovers when she performed her latest single Black Hole. I am ashamed to say that I hadn't heard of the young singer/songwriter before her performance BUT was pleasantly surprised when I recognised the song's chorus: TikTok has some good moments. Described as a "dark pop anthem" by NME, Black Hole felt the perfect track to launch the rising star, and her energy on-stage was magnificent. Previous winners of the Rising Star Award include Adele, Ellie Goulding, Jessie J and Sam Smith, who are now global superstars. If that is anything to go by, the future could be looking very bright for this up-and-coming songstress.
Taylor Swift winning the Global Icon Award
It was only announced a few days ago that Taylor would be this year's recipient of the Global Icon Award and honestly, there's nobody more fitting for this namesake. Swift was gifted the award in recognition of her "immense impact on music across the world and incredible repertoire and achievements to date". Looking her usual glamourous and glowing self, she was hugely grateful to receive the prestigious award and gushed as she watched friends and icons speak highly of her accomplishments and reputation within the music industry. Similar to Little Mix, she used her speech as a platform to inspire future artists, hinting at her own struggles that she has faced over the years. Her passion and ability are just a few of Swift's biggest strengths, and my love and respect for the singer grew immensely watching her from my sofa. What a woman and what an icon.