Opening with a parody of Fyre Festival, the 39thBrit Awards took place on Wednesday night at The O2 Arena, London. With huge performances from the likes of Dua Lipa, The 1975 and P!nk, the annual pop event celebrated what was a successful year for British music.
Alongside Calvin Harris, The 1975 picked up two Brit Awards this year, for British Album of the Year and British Group of the year. Hailing from Manchester, where several big indie rock bands have come from, 2018 was a big year for the band as they released the third studio album, A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships. Following the popular release came a sold out tour which got people talking about them as one of the biggest bands on the planet, as the production of their sets was simply stunning.
There were no surprises in the International Solo Artist winners, with Drake and Ariana Grande picking up the award for their respective categories. However, The Carters (Beyoncé and Jay-Z) picked up the award for International Group which was a bit of a surprise as some more deserving groups didn’t even receive nominations. One group in particular are BTS, who are a K-Pop group who had an astonishing 2018, where they not only broke records, but broke boundaries for achievements in music for East-Asian artists. With a speech at the United Nations and countless of awards, including being the first Korean artist to win a prize at the American Music Awards, it was a big surprise that BTS weren’t even nominated for an award.
Calvin Harris and Dua Lipa picked up the award for British Single of the Year with “One Kiss” and this was certainly deserved as it is an incredibly catchy song and was seen as the anthem for Summer 2018 by many. For Video of the Year, Little Mix picked up the award for the music video for “Woman Like Me,” featuring Nicki Minaj. This was yet another deserving award, as the message portrayed in the video was incredibly powerful. In the video, you can see how woman are portrayed unequally, and the video is basically pushing stereotypes aside and showing that women should be able to live their lives how they want.
The event was a celebratory night for British music, and with new music being produced all the time, we can only be excited for what 2019 has in store for British music.
List of winners in full:
- British Album of the Year – The 1975 – A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships
- British Single of the Year – Calvin Harris and Dua Lipa – “One Kiss”
- British Artist Video of the Year – Little Mix featuring Nicki Minaj – “Woman Like Me”
- British Male Solo Artist – George Ezra
- British Female Solo Artist – Jorja Smith
- British Group – The 1975
- British Breakthrough Act – Tom Walker
- International Male Solo Artist – Drake
- International Female Solo Artist – Ariana Grande
- International Group – The Carters
- Critic’s Choice Award – Sam Fender