Dua Lipa, Harry Styles, Billie Eilish and Little Mix were the big winners at 2021 BRIT Awards.
Dua Lipa was the biggest winner of the night, taking home two trophies, for British Female and the most prestigious award of the night Mastercard British Album of the Year for her Number 1 album Future Nostalgia.
Harry Styles was awarded British Single for Watermelon Sugar, his second win in the category including his 2012 win as part of One Direction, while Billie Eilish became only the second artist in history to win International Female Solo Artist in consecutive years - the first was Rihanna who won back-to-back in 2011 and 2012.
Little Mix made history as the first female group to win Best British Group, thanking departed member Jesy Nelson when accepting the award. They also dedicated the gong to the Spice Girls, Sugababes, All Saints, Girls Aloud and other British girl bands who came before them. Little Mix's sixth studio album Confetti peaked at Number 2 on the Official Albums Chart last November and was the fastest-selling album of 2020 from a British act.
Coldplay opened the show with a colourful performance of their new single Higher Power from a barge on the Thames, complete with hologram dancers. Dua Lipa was the first to take to the stage inside The O2, delivering a melody of hits including Physical and Don't Start Now.
Olivia Rodrigo was third to perform, giving a rendition of her nine-week Number 1 single Drivers License, with Arlo Parks next entertaining the 4,000 key workers in attendance with Hope. Then, Years & Years united with Sir Elton John for a new version of Pet Shop Boys' It's A Sin, based on the hit TV series the aired on Channel 4 earlier this year.
The Weeknd performed his latest single Save Your Tears remotely and was followed by the BRITs debut of Griff, this year's Rising Star recipient. Headie One was flanked by AJ Tracey and Young T & Bugsey for performances of Ain't It Different and Princess Cuts. The final performance of the night was from Rag'n'Bone Man & Pink with the Lewisham & Greenwich NHS Choir for their new charity version of Anywhere Away From Here.
"We want to start by thanking our incredible fans, of course Jesy, and our amazing team." @LittleMix pick up the British Group Award and there isn't a dry eye left on the planet #BRITs— BRIT Awards (@BRITs) May 11, 2021
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The 2021 BRIT Awards winners in full
British Album of the Year
Arlo Parks - Collapsed In Sunbeams
Celeste - Not Your Muse
Dua Lipa - Future Nostalgia [WINNER]
J Hus - Big Conspiracy
Jessie Ware - What's Your Pleasure?
220 Kid & Gracey - Don't Need Love
Aitch & AJ Tracey ft. Tay Keith - Rain
Dua Lipa - Physical
Harry Styles - Watermelon Sugar [WINNER]
Headie One ft. Aj Tracey & Stormzy - Ain't It Different
Joel Corry ft. Mnek - Head & Heart
Nathan Dawe ft. KSI - Lighter
Regard & Raye - Secrets
S1mba ft. DTG - Rover
Young T & Bugsey ft. Headie One - Don't Rush
British Male Solo Artist
J Hus [WINNER]
British Female Solo Artist
Dua Lipa [WINNER]
Lianne La Havas
Little Mix [WINNER]
Young T & Bugsey
Arlo Parks [WINNER]
Young T & Bugsey
International Male Solo Artist
The Weeknd [WINNER]
International Female Solo Artist
Billie Eilish [WINNER]
Run The Jewels
Rising Star Award
Global Icon Award
Taylor Swift [WINNER]
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