The Artic Monkeys
When watching Katy Perry live you can always expect to see something out of the ordinary, and her Brits performance was no different. Her neon meets Aztec inspired performance for her new single ‘Dark Horse’ ensured that although it might not be one of the catchiest tunes she has released recently, there was no way she was going to go unnoticed.
Following Katy Perry came arguably one of the best performances of the night, Bruno Mars with his song ‘Treasure’. Fresh from his spectacular super bowl performance earlier this month, Mars delivered an amazingly slick performance with his impressively tight backing band.
Now it may have been one of the BRIT’s worst kept secrets, but Beyonce’s surprise single debut still managed to cause a stir. It’s been over a decade since Beyonce last performed at the BRIT’s, and her triumphant return with ‘XO’ went to show why she is still considered to be one of the queens of pop music.
Lorde & Disclosure
The first of the evenings duets, showcased up and coming talent in the form of 17 year old alternative songstress Lorde and electronic dance outfit Disclosure. Although it wasn’t one of the most memorable performances of the evening, it still showed that these relatively new comers to the music scene have a lot of potential and are ones to watch for in the future.]
Ellie Goulding, winner of British Female Solo Artist, took to the stage to deliver a dynamic medley of her recent hits ‘I Need Your Love’ and ‘Burn’. Dressed solely in white, Goulding began with a subtle rendition of ‘I Need Your Love’ on acoustic guitar and piano. The singer songwriter then turned up the temperature with a quick transition into ‘Burn’, bringing to the stage a troupe of dancers and flaming drummer men!
Bastille & Rudimental
Having both won BRIT Awards earlier in the evening, the second duet from Bastille and Rudimental was destined for big things. Delivering an explosive performance of two of this year’s biggest tunes, ‘Pompeii’ and ‘Waiting All Night’, the energy and excitement of these two acts seemed to work together perfectly. With calls for the bands to collaborate together in the future, it is no surprise that they received one of the biggest applauses of the evening.
Pharell & Nile Rodgers
The epitome of cool, and the perfect end to the night, Pharrell and Chic guitarist Nile Rodgers finished the show with some fresh hits and an old classic. Starting with Pharrell and Daft Punks summer smasher ‘Get Lucky’ the audience were quickly on their feet, before a seamless transition into Rodger’s Chic hit ‘Good Times’. Finally, the band finished up with Pharrell’s new feel good single ‘Happy’ bringing to a close the 2014 BRIT Awards.
The BRIT Award acceptance speeches are always known for causing a bit of controversy and this year was no exception. Although there were lots of memorable moments in the evening, there were several that stood out.
Alex Turner’s mind-boggling speech about Rock and Roll left a lot of us wondering what the front man was actually talking about. His fellow band mates looked equally confused by his ramblings and looked eager to exit the stage as soon as possible. Turner finished up with “invoice me for the microphone if you need to” before dropping it, delivering what was probably the most rock and roll antic of the evening.
David Bowie won Best Male Solo Artist, having last received the award thirty years ago. The 67 year old, did not make an appearance, instead relying on his good friend Kate Moss to deliver his speech. Dressed in a replica of Ziggy Stardust’s 1972 ‘woodland creatures’ costume, Moss passed on Bowie’s words of thanks along with his controversial request for Scotland to not vote for independence.
Finishing up our memorable BRIT’s moments, Harry Styles almost missed one of the acceptance speeches with an ill-timed toilet break, however you couldn’t shake the smiles from their faces as One Direction went on to win both the Best Video and Global Success awards.
Full breakdown of 2014 BRIT Awards Winners
British Male Solo Artist – David Bowie
British Female Solo Artist – Ellie Goulding
British Group – Artic Monkeys
British Breakthrough Act – Bastille
British Single – ‘Waiting All Night’ by Rudimental
British Album of the Year – AM by Artic Monkeys
Best Video – One Direction
International Male Solo Artist – Bruno Mars
International Female Solo Artist – Lorde
International Group – Daft Punk
Global Success – One Direction
Critics Choice – Sam Smith
British Producer of the Year – Flood & Alan Moulder