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David Bowie’s love for Lorde saw her chosen for star’s Brits tribute band. Even in his absence, David Bowie was the star of the Brits , as his former band played a stunning tribute to the late icon. And, making it even more ­meaningful, Bowie’s haunting Life on Mars was sung by Lorde, a singer he had met and admired. Speaking exclusively to #Trending, Bowie’s musical director and pal Gerry Leonard disclosed Bowie’s love of Lorde and joked that the great man would have loved the performance but heckled them mercilessly throughout.
POSTED: 27/02/16 – Source: mirror.co.uk

Drake and Rihanna ‘rekindle romance after that raunchy display at the BRIT Awards’. According to a report in The Sun, Rihanna and Drake’s suggestive performance wasn’t just a mere dance routine, but representative of the fact they’re back together. The newspaper claim that the hit-makers have rekindled their romance in the latest installment of their on again/off again relationship. Speaking to the publication, a source said: ‘They’re back together and Drake is besotted. His team have been teasing him about it but nothing can wipe the smile off his face.’ The report adds that the couples’ renewed romance is an ‘open secret’ among their respective entourages.
POSTED: 27/02/16 – Source: dailymail.co.uk

You’d think winning four awards would leave anyone wanting to party. But Adele shunned the official Sony Music Brits after party after just ‘seconds’, according to onlookers. The Hello singer, 27, arrived at The Arts Club in Mayfair apparently looking rather stressed after her big win at the Brit Awards. An onlooker told the Evening Standard: ‘I was in the entrance hall when Adele walked in. She looked really stressed out. ‘There were quite a few people around her and she just turned around and said, “I don’t want to do this, I’m going to go home”. She’d arrived at the bash with her partner Simon Konecki, 41, but was at the party for ‘just seconds’, according to the source.
POSTED: 26/02/16 – Source: metro.co.uk

Brits Awards 2016 – Full Review
Adele has dominated the 2016 Brit Awards, winning four prizes, including best British female and best album. “To come back after so long away and be so warmly received means so much,” she said. The star, who closed the show by performing When We Were Young, also received best British single and the Global Success award. The show also featured an emotional tribute to David Bowie, led by Annie Lennox and his friend Gary Oldman. Lennox called Bowie, who died of cancer last month, “a quintessential visionary” and “the ultimate iconoclast.” Oldman then accepted a Brits icon award on behalf of the singer and his family. “David you were mortal, but your potential was superhuman,” he said, “and your music lives on”. Bowie’s band then performed a medley of his hits, before New Zealand singer Lorde joined them to sing Life On Mars. Earlier, Coldplay opened the ceremony with a colourful performance of their single Hymn For The Weekend, showering the audience with confetti as they played on one of two separate stages at London’s O2 arena. They went on to win best British group – making them the most successful band in the ceremony’s history. Chris Martin and co now have nine trophies to their name, although the figure pales in comparison to Robbie Williams’ 17 awards (12 as a solo artist and five with Take That). Other awards went to James Bay, for best male, and Australian psych-rock band Tame Impala, who picked up best international group. Canadian singer Justin Bieber, who performed his chart topping singles Love Yourself and Sorry, won best international male. “Man, I’m shaking right now,” he said as he took the stage, thanking his fans for their support after a couple of years where he appeared to go off the rails. “Life is a journey,” he said. “Everyone has their ups and downs.” One Direction, who are officially on hiatus, also picked up best video for the space-themed Drag Me Down. “We’ve been away for a little while, so it’s been a bit like getting back on a bike tonight,” said singer Liam Payne. One Direction’s victory in the fan-voted best video category robbed Adele of the opportunity to become the most-garlanded artist in a single Brits ceremony. As it stands, her total of four awards is equalled only by Blur, who won the same number in 1995 for their album Parklife. Adele became more emotional as the ceremony continued, bursting into tears after accepting the global success prize – which recognises success overseas. “I didn’t know if I would ever come back,” she said, referencing the writer’s block that delayed her much-anticipated third album, “For you all to be so kind to me is so nice.” Earlier, the star used her best female victory speech to declare support for US pop star Kesha, who has accused record producer Dr Luke of sexual and emotional abuse.

POSTED: 24/02/16 – Source: BBC News Online

Our Show Highlights …
Coldplay’s blinding opening to the show. James Bay accompanying Justin Bieber on stage for an acoustic version of Love Yourself. A possibly drunk Alan Carr in the audience who brought along his “wife”. Jess Glynne’s massive hair. James Bay raising the roof with an epic performance. A link up with Tim Peake in the International Space Station to present the Global Success Award. Adele saying to Tim Peake “I hope your not too hungry”. The muting of Adele’s swearing in the wrong place, thus broadcasting the swear word. The Brits honouring lost music legend David Bowie with an emotional speech from Annie Lennox and Gary Oldman. Adele closing the show in style with her new single.
POSTED: 24/02/16

Rihanna parties with Drake amid fears she’ll cancel Brit Awards performance after Grammys fiasco. The 28-year-old singer enjoyed a night out in London just days before her Brit Awards performance. After cancelling her Grammy Awards performance because of a bad case of bronchitus, we all expected Rihanna to be wrapped up in bed recovering. Or at least saving her vocal chords – which, last time we heard, were at risk of “hemorrhaging” – for Wednesday night’s performance at the Brit Awards. But it seemed the singer was feeling much better when she stepped out with her long-term collaborator Drake for a spot of partying on Monday night. The pair were seen enjoying themselves at the Libertine Club in London, with the budding fashion star wrapped up in a bright yellow puffy coat.
POSTED: 23/02/16 – Source: mirror.co.uk

Rihanna has been confirmed as one of the performers at this year’s Brit Awards. Rihanna has performed three times before at the Brits, in 2008, 2011 and 2012 and has won two awards, both in the international female solo artist category. Adele, James Bay and Years & Years are all nominated for four awards. Other performers at the ceremony, which takes place on 24 February at the O2 Arena in London, include Adele, Justin Bieber, Coldplay, James Bay, Little Mix, The Weeknd and Jess Glynne.
POSTED: 03/02/16 – Source: BBC Newsbeat

Adele looks set to take the limelight at this year’s Brit Awards after being nominated for four trophies. Her multi-million-selling album 25 is up for best British album, while she has also been shortlisted for best British female, single and video. Pop trio Years & Years and singer-songwriter James Bay have also been nominated for four awards each. Elsewhere, Eagles of Death Metal are up for best international group two months after an attack on their gig in Paris. The performers at this year’s ceremony will include Justin Bieber, Coldplay, James Bay, Little Mix, The Weeknd and Jess Glynne.
POSTED: 14/01/16 – Source: BBC News Online

Jess Glynne, James Bay, Little Mix and The Weeknd have joined the line-up for the Brit Awards 2016. They’ll join Adele, Coldplay and Justin Bieber at next month’s ceremony at London’s O2, which will be hosted by Ant and Dec for the second year running. Jess Glynne, who has been touring with her I Cry When I Laugh album, recently performed at the BBC Music Awards. James Bay won the Critics’ Choice Award at last year’s Brit Awards. The Weeknd, who avoided jail after being accused of punching a police officer in Las Vegas last year, will complete the line-up.
POSTED: 14/01/16 – Source: BBC News Online

Coldplay and Justin Bieber have joined the line-up for the Brit Awards 2016. They’ll join Adele at the ceremony in London’s O2 on 24 February, which will be hosted by Ant and Dec for the second year running. It’s a big year for Coldplay who’ll also headline the Super Bowl half-time show on 7 February. The band got their first Brit nomination in 2001 and have been nominated 21 times.
POSTED: 18/12/15 – Source: BBC Newsbeat

Adele is set to perform at the Brit Awards 2016 on 24 February. It follows a hugely successful year for the singer whose third album 25 has broken pretty much all records. In the UK, 25 became the fastest-selling album as well as the most downloaded number one album of all time. Adele could be looking to add to her collection of Brits at the awards in February, having picked up two at the BBC Music Awards last week.
POSTED: 17/12/15 – Source: BBC Newsbeat

Multi-instrumentalist Jack Garratt has been awarded the Brits Critics’ Choice prize for 2016. The 24-year-old told the BBC he was “humbled” to receive the honour, which is open only to new artists who will release their first album next year. Garratt beat competition from soul diva Izzy Bizu and piano-based songwriter Frances to take the prize. The recipient is chosen by a team of experts, including music journalists and music programmers at major TV and radio stations.
POSTED: 27/11/15 – Source: BBC News Online

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Winners at the BRIT Awards in 2016 will each receive a unique trophy designed by Pam Hogg. The first image of the statues being stylised by the Scottish fashion legend and musician has been released. She said: “An artist’s true reward is that her/his work resonates and connects. “Given a chance, the unseen, unheard and unsung may also one day touch and unlock a waiting heart.”Judge for yourselves whether she is likely to achieve that from the image above.
POSTED: 23/11/15 – Source: mirror.co.uk

They returned to host the BRIT Awards this year, 14 years after they first led the ceremony in 2001. And it’s now been announced that Ant & Dec will be back to preside over the 2016 awards show, despite being initially reluctant to plays hosts for a second year in a row. The TV duo have said they’re ‘thrilled’ to back for next year’s ceremony which will be broadcast live from London’s O2 on February 24. In a statement the Geordie duo explained ‘In all honesty we only intended to do it for one year but had such a good time we are thrilled to be doing it again. Both of us are looking forward to what will be an incredible night, and we can’t wait to celebrate the achievements of British music once again.’
POSTED: 15/09/15 – Source: dailymail.co.uk

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2016 Brit Award Winners In Full

Winners shown in bold

British Male Solo Artist:
Aphex Twin
Calvin Harris
James Bay
Jamie xx
Mark Ronson

British Female Solo Artist:
Adele
Amy Winehouse
Florence + the Machine
Jess Glynne
Laura Marling

British Group:
Blur
Coldplay
Foals
One Direction
Years & Years

British Breakthrough Act:
Catfish and the Bottlemen
James Bay
Jess Glynne
Wolf Alice
Years & Years

Critics’ Choice:
Jack Garratt
Izzy Bizu
Frances

Brits Global Success Award:
Adele

British Single:
Adele – Hello
Calvin Harris & Disciples – How Deep Is Your Love
Ed Sheeran & Rudimental- Bloodstream
Ellie Goulding – Love Me Like You Do
James Bay – Hold Back The River
Jess Glynne – Hold My Hand
Little Mix – Black Magic
Olly Murs ft Demi Lovato – Up
Philip George – Wish You Were Mine
Years & Years – King

British Album Of The Year:
Adele – 25
Coldplay – A Head Full of Dreams
Florence + the Machine – How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful
James Bay – Chaos and the Calm
Jamie xx – In Colour

British Producer Of The Year:
Charlie Andrew
Mark Ronson
Mike Crossey
Tom Dalgety

Brits Icon Award:
David Bowie

British Artist Video Of The Year:
Adele – Hello
Calvin Harris & Disciples – How Deep Is Your Love
Ed Sheeran – Photograph
Ellie Goulding – Love Me Like You Do
Jessie J – Flashlight
Little Mix – Black Magic
Naughty Boy ft Beyonce & Arrow Benjamin – Runnin’ (Lose It All)
One Direction – Drag Me Down
Sam Smith – Writing’s On The Wall
Years & Years – King

International Male Solo Artist:
Drake
Father John Misty
Justin Bieber
Kendrick Lamar
The Weeknd

International Female Solo Artist:
Ariana Grande
Bjork
Courtney Barnett
Lana Del Rey
Meghan Trainor

International Group:
Alabama Shakes
Eagles of Death Metal
Major Lazer
Tame Impala
U2