Last night ITV hosted the highly anticipated Brit Awards 2021. This year felt extra special, a year into the pandemic the UK needed an uplifting event. Music has played such a huge part in everyone's lives over the past year and what better way to pay tribute to all the wonderful NHS staff and front line workers than giving 2,500 tickets to the show.
The Brits, presented by Jack Whitehall, brought us all the usual glitz and glamour, political undertones and amazing performances from our favourite artists. Overall it was a fantastic night for young female artists, with Dua Lipa stealing the show winning two awards for British Album of the Year with Future Nostalgia and Female Solo Artist. The females dominated the stage with epic performances and picked up the majority of awards, and this year's Brits saw Little Mix and Taylor swift break records and make history as the first ever females to win in their categories.
The event was not short of empowering acceptance speeches, Dua Lipa and Harry Styles made touching tributes to the NHS and frontline workers, Little Mix and Taylor Swift spoke about diversity and the struggles of female artists in the industry and there was a surprise collaboration from Elton John and Years and Years, performing a rendition of The Pet Shop Boys, It's a Sin.
Little Mix - Won the British Group Award
With the recent announcements of two Little Mix babies on the way, it's been an exciting couple of weeks for the girl band. Last night they smashed records and became the first ever all female group to ever win the British Group Award. The girls, paid tribute to former band mate Jesy Nelson, who recently stepped away from the band in December and claimed the award was for all the former girls bands before them, The Spice Girls, Sugababes, Girls Aloud and all their female fans.
Dua Lipa - Won Best British Album & Female Solo Artist
The inspirational Dua Lipa has killed it this year, releasing her second studio album, Future Nostalgia. Dua stunned fans in this classic British Vivienne Westwood look, nominated for three awards she took home two and is the first woman to win British Album since Adele in 2016 and is set to tour the UK this September.
Taylor swift - Won Global Icon Award
Taylor swift made history at The Brits this year as the first woman to ever receive the Global Icon Award, following in the footsteps of David Bowie, Elton John and Robbie Williams. Swift made an emotional tribute to her fans and delivered an empowering speech about being a woman in the music industry, battling resistance and negativity.
Arlo Parks - Won Breakthrough Artist
20 year old Arlo Parks won Breakthrough Artist at this years Brits after releasing her debut album, Collapsed in Sunbeams, with hit records Eugene and Hurt.
Billie Eilish - Won International Female
Harry Styles - British single
Harry Styles served an iconic Gucci look at this year's Brits and took home the award for Best British Single with Watermelon Sugar.
Griff - Won Rising Star Award
Griff gave a spectacular performance of her hit song Black Hole and took home the Rising Star Award.