Wednesday 24 February saw the biggest names in music come together at The O2 for the BRIT Awards 2016. From Adele breaking records and moving tributes made to David Bowie, the night was broadcast live on ITV with Ant and Dec hosting and was undoubtedly the biggest and best BRITs in a very long time.
As the official ticketing partner, Eventim UK was lucky enough to work on the prestigious event in the months leading up to it and on the night, soaking up the electric atmosphere at The O2 with excited fans (many sporting Justin Bieber masks) heading to the box office and gearing up for the ceremony, trying to get a peek of celebrities making their way to the red carpet.
Here’s our pick of the highlights:
The night unquestionably belonged to Adele, who swept the board with four awards including MasterCard British Album of the Year. Adele was particularly overcome with emotion as she received the BRITs Global Success Award, which also happened to be the first BRIT to be presented from space!
As the queen of the night, Adele closed the show with a phenomenal performance of ‘When We Were Young’.
Annie Lennox and Gary Oldman took to the stage to pay tribute to the legend, who was posthumously honoured with the BRITs Icon Award.
Following this Bowie’s band performed a medley of some of his biggest hits including ‘Under Pressure’, ‘Just Dance’ and ‘Fame’, featuring special guest Lorde. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house as she spectacularly sung ‘Life on Mars’.
The O2 was filled with Beliebers who cheered and screamed down the house as he performed his two No.1 singles ‘Love Yourself’, featuring British Male Solo Artist winner, James Bay, and ‘Sorry’.
Bieber of course went on to be crowned International Male Solo Artist, collecting his award from Major Lazer.
Aside from Adele and Justin Bieber, we were also treated to a number of memorable performances from Little Mix, who performed their no.1 hit, ‘Black Magic’ and Coldplay who opened the show with ‘Hymn for the Weekend’.
Rihanna and Drake put on a steamy performance of ‘Work’ from her brand new album ‘Anti’, while Jess Glynne sang a medley of her hits ‘Ain’t Got Far To Go’, ‘Hold My Hand’ and ‘Don’t Be So Hard On Yourself’.
The Weeknd made his debut at the BRITs with a roaring performance of his hit single ‘The Hills’.
Of course, the BRIT Awards would be nothing without the winners who walked away with a Pam Hogg-designed trophy! Just in case you missed it, the winners are:
British Male Solo Artist – James Bay
British Group – Coldplay
International Female Solo Artist – Bjork
British Female Artist – Adele
BRITs Global Success – Adele
International Male Solo Artist – Justin Bieber
British Single – ‘Hello’ Adele
International Group – Tame Impala
British Breakthrough Act – Catfish and the Bottlemen
British Artist Video of the Year – One Direction
MasterCard British Album of the Year – ’25’ Adele
Critics’ Choice – Jack Garratt
British Producer of the Year – Charlie Andrew