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Brit Awards 2021 – Highlights of the night

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Sponsored by MasterCard, this years Brit Awards was held at London O2 Arena, hosted by comedian Jack Whitehall – with 4000 people in attendance. The music awards ceremony was one of the few major events to have taken place so far this year, easing us back into ‘normal life’ after being restricted for so long.

With no social distancing, and not having to wear masks, it was a celebration like no other.

There were performances from Rag’n’Bone Man with P!nk, Award winner Dua Lipa, Elton John with Olly Alexander, along with many more.

Amongst the performances, was history made and many awards were won.

Let’s start with Dua Lipa! Not only did she win British Female Solo Artist, but she also won MasterCard Album of the Year, with ‘Future Nostalgia’.

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The Brit Awards 2021 – Show – London. Dua Lipa accepts the award for Female Solo Artist during the Brit Awards 2021 at the O2 Arena, London. Picture date: Tuesday May 11, 2021. See PA story SHOWBIZ Brits. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire URN:59711788 (Press Association via AP Images)

Little Mix made history by being the first female group to win Best Group, their acceptance speech becoming iconic with the mention of other loved girl bands, including Spice Girls, Sugababes and All Saints.
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Harry Styles won Best Single with his song ‘Watermelon Sugar’.

We had our Best International Solo Artists awards with Billie Eilish winning the Best Female award, and The Weeknd won Best Male Award. The Weeknd was another star to make history with the Brits first ever Zoom performance, he streamed a version of his hit single ‘Save Your Tears’.

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In the Brit’s 44 year – history, there hasn’t been a female winner of the Global Icon prize, but country turned pop princess, Taylor Swift, made her own history by being the first female winner.

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Each winner at the awards ceremony got given 2 statues, of course one for themselves and then a second one for them to give to someone they admire. Dua Lipa gave her miniature [second] statue to British nurse Dame Elizabeth Anionwu. When explaining why she said:

“She has spent her stellar nursing career fighting racial injustice… She is also a strong advocate for protecting frontline workers. She has said there’s a massive disparity between gratitude and respect for frontline workers, because it’s very good to clap for them but we need to pay them.’’

“So, I think what we should do is 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 front line.”

Hopefully Boris takes notes and starts to make changes!

It was very exciting times this year at the Brits, now more than ever whilst we celebrate not just the music, the artists, even the people who the artists admire – but the fact people were finally allowed to hug, touch, laugh and have fun without the restrictions we’ve been so used to over the past year.
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If you missed the Brits Awards 2021, you can catch it on ITV Hub in the UK or on YouTube in the US!

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