Brits Awards’ best moments including Little Mix’s historic win and Dua Lipa calling out Boris Johnson
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The Brit Awards 2021 marked the first indoor music event since the coronavirus pandemic and the glittering music event featured some truly unforgettable moments.
Little Mix made history as they became the first female group to win the British Group award and thanked their fellow “incredible female bands” including the Sugababes and Spice Girls in an emotional speech at London's O2 arena.
The awards ceremony was hosted by comedian Jack Whitehall, who kicked off the show with viral sensation, parish council star Jackie Weaver, alongside with Line of Duty’s Martin Compston and Vicky McClure.
But if you missed the star-studded event, here are the top 10 moments from the night…
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1. Line of Duty and Jackie Weaver
Jack Whitehall has hosted The Brit Awards since 2018 and has managed to put his own stamp on the ceremony each year.
The comedian kicked off the show in true lockdown style with a Zoom call featuring Line of Duty stars Martin Compston, who plays DI Steve Arnott, and Vicky McClure, who stars as DI Kate Fleming.
Parish council sensation Jackie Weaver made a special appearance on the video call after she went viral last year for the way she handled for the now-famous Handforth Parish Council meeting.
The viral council star removed Jack from the Zoom group in scenes reminiscent of the December parish council meeting which saw chairman Brian Tolver kicked out by Jackie.
2. Little Mix winning British Group
The trio won Best British Group at The Brit Awards and took the opportunity to thank Jesy Nelson, 29, as they took to the stage.
Leigh-Anne Pinnock, 29, Perrie Edwards, 27, and Jade Thirlwall, 28, began: "We have just made history! In the hopes that we would win the award we've written a little speech, but two of us have baby brain so we had to write it down.
The ladies were overcome with emotion and wiped their tears, as they attempted to compose themselves.
"Take it away girls," Perrie said.
Leigh-Anne added: "We have been together for 10 years. The best years of our life. We have gone through so much, we’ve made so many beautiful memories.
"We want to start by thanking our incredible fans and, of course, Jesy and our amazing team.
"It’s not easy being a female in the UK pop industry, we’ve seen white man dominance, misogyny, sexism and lack of diversity.
"We’re proud how we’ve stuck together, stood our ground and surrounded ourselves with strong women and using our voices more than ever," Leigh-Anne concluded.
Jade gushed: "The fact that a girl band has never won this award really does speak volumes so this award isn’t just for us, it’s for The Spice Girls, Sugababes, All Saints, Girls Aloud and all the incredible female bands. This one’s for you."
3. Dua Lipa calling out Boris Johnson
Black Magic songstress Dua Lipa scooped two awards, winning Best Album for her hit Future Nostalgia and Female Solo Artist.
The singer, who wore a saffron silk Vivienne Westwood Couture gown, took the opportunity to call on Prime Minister Boris Johnson for fair pay for frontline workers who made up the audience at London’s O2.
She said: “There is a massive disparity between gratitude and respect for frontline workers because it is very good to clap for them but we need to pay them so we should all give a massive, massive round of applause and give Boris a message that we all support a fair pay rise for our frontline.”
4. Elton John and Olly Alexander
Sir Elton John and Years and Years’ Olly Alexander, who played Ritchie Tozer in the Russell T Davies drama, debuted a new version of Olly's cover of Pet Shop Boys’ hit It’s a Sin.
The performance was introduced by Elton John’s husband David Furnish, who said: “By fighting together, we’ve changed the world. Today, HIV is no longer a death sentence.”
5. Harry Styles making an appearance
The former One Direction star made an unexpected appearance when he collected his award for British Single with his hit Watermelon Sugar.
The 27-year-old donned an oversized Gucci suit for the ceremony but did not appear on the red carpet.
Harry,who is rumoured to be dating Olivia Wilde,went on: “I’m really happy to be here and proud to be celebrating British music tonight.
“I wanna thank my fans for being so generous to me, always, and everyone in my life who has my back, thank you so much I love you.”
6. Taylor Swift winning 2021 Global Icon award
Pop royalty Taylor Swift scooped the Brits 2021 Global Icon award and made an emotional acceptance speech.
The 31 year old Love Story songstress, said: “There is no career path that comes free of negativity. If you are being met with resistance that probably means that you are doing something new.”
7. Dua Lipa on a tube at Charing Cross station
The 25 year old Levitating singer performed at the ceremony in a dazzling show which kicked off at London’s Charing Cross.
Dua, who rocked a Vivienne Westwood Union Jack blazer complete with chains and stockings, was seen on the tube before she burst onto the stage to perform a compilation of her recent hits.
8. Olivia Rodrigo’s emotional performance
The 18 year old American actress and singer sang her hit Drivers License in an emotional performance.
Olivia was met was a rapturous applause for her stripped-back performance which left many fans at home sobbing in front of their TV.
9. Lewis Capaldi’s audio mute
The 24 year old Scottish singer-songwriter took to the stage at the glittering music awards ceremony to present the award for Best Album.
After he made his way onto the stage he told the roaring audience to “shut up” before greeting them with: “Hello mother f**kers!”
Lewis went on: “Listen guys… I’m f**king sweating, my b… it’s like a swamp down there I’m telling you – sweaty b****ks. Hello Brit Awards!
“That’s where we are. Sorry, I’m reading off a card here,” he then glanced down at the cue card and read slowly: “How is everyone doing? It’s great to be here tonight.
“It’s just great to be out of the house to be honest,” he said before nodding and taking a bow at the cheering fans.
The singer added: “It’s been a great year for albums, most of all because I haven’t f**king released one. It’s a total honour to present the award for album… Best Album.
However much of Lewis’ swear-filled speech was muted for fans at home, but this still left many viewers tickled.
10. Jack Whitehall’s swipe at Piers Morgan
The presenter,who was praised by girlfriend Roxy Horner after she was rushed to hospital , mocked Piers Morgan for being forced off of Good Morning Britain and slammed Rita Ora's illegal party.
As he opened the evening with a speech at the 02 Arena in London, the 32 year old said: "I cannot tell you how grateful we are to be here tonight for the first live event back in the 02 arena.
"This venue has been emptier than Piers Morgan's diary," he joked. "It's been a tough year, Covid's had more comebacks than Craig David but this evening we look forward to a brighter future."
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