The 2016 BRIT Awards were tonight. Adele’s 25 took British Album of the Year, beating out Jamie xx, Florence and the Machine, Coldplay, and James Bay. She also won British Single of the Year for “Hello”, and British Female Solo Artist. Then won something called the Global Success Award, and that gave me pause. I mean, isn’t global success award enough?
Anyway, on the “International” side things feel a lot less monotonous. Best International Female Solo Artist went to, believe it or not, Björk, who edged out worthy ladies Courntey Barnett, Lana Del Rey, Ariana Grande, and the unfortunately still-relevant Meghan Trainor. Over on the boys side, on the strength of a pair of great singles and consistently strong album sales, Justin Bieber beat out Kendrick Lamar, Drake, Father John Misty(!), and The Weeknd for Best International Male Solo Artist. The award for Best International Group went to Tame Impala, who edged out U2, Alabama Shakes, Major Lazer, and the Eagles of Death Metal with one of last year’s best albums, Currents. Don’t expect that to happen on the GRAMMY stage anytime soon.
The nights’ performances included this heartfelt tribute to the late David Bowie, in which Lorde, backed by Bowie’s band, sings the shit out of “Life on Mars?”. Watch below:
Rihanna performed, for the first time ever, “Consideration” (with SZA) and “Work” (with Drake) from her already-forgotten new album ANTI. Watch:
The Weekend showed up to perform his surprise blockbuster “The Hills”.
Justin Bieber, with help from a sleepwalking James Bay, performed his puerile “Love Yourself”, which somehow became an anthem for fuckboys everywhere. Then he takes us to Coachella with an, ahem, fiery rendition of his cuddly Purpose single “Sorry”.
And then, of course, we have the nights’ big, predictable winner, Adele, who gave a hell of a performance. She sang her wonderful new single “When We Were Young”. It 100% went better than her “All I Ask” performance at the GRAMMYs.