Last night was the big night as the 2019 BRITS finally arrived. The BRIT Awards marks one of the biggest events within the British music industry as a night of recognition and celebration of its greatest and most promising stars. This year the most notable moments were marked with 1975 winning the top prize and taking home Album of the Year (perhaps not much of a surprise given UKTV’s spoiler earlier in the day). As suspected, George Ezra’s big moment came as he was named British Solo Male of the Year with the critic’s darling, Jorja Smith swooping in for British Solo Female. Despite none of them being in attendance to the ceremony, The Carters (International Group), Drake (International Male Solo Artist) and Ariana Grande (International Female Solo Artist) reigned supreme in the international categories while Pink took home the Outstanding Contribution to Music Award as the first international artist to do so. In collecting her award, Pink took to the stage to highlight arguably the best humble brag of the night.
“To be considered in the same category as David Bowie and the Beatles and Sir Elton and Sir Paul and Fleetwood Mac is beyond anything I can comprehend.” – Pink
As far as performances went at the ceremony, the opening of the evening went to none other than Hugh Jackman who raised already excited spirits with a performance of The Greatest Showman from his hit musical, wrapping the performance with hints that a sequel for the popular film could be in the making. Speaking to the BBC on the topic, Jackman said, “For an actor, I’m a bad liar,” he told the BBC. “I have heard talk about it but I don’t know. Honestly, that [the original] took eight years and you can’t underestimate how hard it is to write a new musical… At the same time, you’re talking to the guy who made nine Wolverine movies.”
“Honestly, that [the original] took eight years and you can’t underestimate how hard it is to write a new musical…. At the same time, you’re talking to the guy who made nine Wolverine movies.” – Hugh Jackman
Jess Glynne captured the industry and the public’s attention with her moving performance of one of her latest singles, Thursday. A song dedicated to self-acceptance and reminiscent of hits such as Christina Aguilera’s Beautiful, the star took the opportunity to highlight the message behind the lyrics by removing her fake lashes and an entire face of makeup while staring directly down the barrel of the camera. She was joined by a team of women doing the same, dressed in white as an ode to celebrating natural beauty and doing so in solidarity.
Pink’s show-closing performance brought the house down (almost literally with all of the flames) and reminded us all just how worthy she is of the Outstanding Contribution to Music Award she’d collected earlier in the night. The extended medley performance of her greatest hits along with ‘Just Like Fire’ started with the star gliding from the roof of the O2 Arena in a hoop with pyrotechnic flames being shot in her direction.
As for the fashion, this year’s Brit Awards attendees really came to play. Years and Years lead singer, Olly Alexander dressed to impress in his usual admirably, flamboyant style wearing a stunning, feathered cape from Palomo Spain paired with a sheer pussybow shirt, black trousers and glittering ankle boots. Finally, a red carpet look we can really get on board with.
For English actress and model, Suki Waterhouse the event called for an effortlessly chic but oh so fabulous dress from Rami Kadi couture emphasised with a light makeup look and bushy, natural brows that we’re still thinking about.
Other standout looks include Dua Lipa’s venture into a sartorial splash of neon, followed closely by Pink’s neon venture with a yellow design by Cushnie which she tied in with her rock-chick edgy aesthetic through a biker leather jacket. Madison Beer played into the sheer trend with a stunning Ralph & Russo gown while Winnie Harlow’s Elie Saab floral gown dazzled all.