All About This Year’s BRITs Awards

By Bandook - February 24, 2020

The BRITs turned 40 this year and the UK’s biggest award show has gone in for a revamp. The show, which originally aired on February 18 in the UK, will be telecast in India at 9 pm tonight, exclusively on Vh1 India and will see the Lady Britannia statuette awarded to eight of the 45 nominees, which include Charlie XCX, Lewis Capaldi and Stormzy.

There will also be performances on the night from nominees Billie Eilish, Harry Styles and Mable to name a few.

What’s different, you ask? “We have had a fresh look at the BRIT Awards this year,” said The BRITs Committee chairman and CEO of Universal Music UK David Joseph.

Comedian Jack Whitehall is returning to host the ceremony for his third year in a row. He said, “I’m delighted to be back hosting The BRITs for a third time! I’m excited for another night of trying not to put my foot in it in front of the biggest names in the music industry.”

Here’s what else you need to know…

Billie goes Bond: After a clean sweep at the GRAMMYs, Billie Eilish’s performance was the most awaited from a stellar line-up. The starlet from Los Angeles teased audience with a live debut of the new theme song from the upcoming James Bond movie No Time to Die creating a frenzy at the O2. Billie signed off the night by taking home the ‘International Female Solo Artist’ award.

All About This Year’s BRITs Awards
Billie Eilish

Lewis Capaldi’s tribute to his grandmother: Lewis Capaldi’s second outing at the BRIT Awards turned out to be historic for him as he swept top awards at the night, winning ‘Best New Artist’ and ‘Best New Song’ for his single Someone You Loved. He credited his late grandmother for being the inspiration behind the hit single.

All About This Year’s BRITs Awards
Lewis Capaldi

Dave’s larger than life performance: London-based rapper Dave delivered a rare hip-hop performance as he played the piano while performing to his single Black. His versatility left fans speechless. Having led the nomination race with Lewis Capaldi, Dave had much to cheer on the night as his album ‘Psychodrama‘ was awarded ‘British Album of the Year’.

Mabel’s date with destiny: After kicking off the night with her trans-Atlantic hit Don’t Call Me Up, breakout dance-pop singer-songwriter Mabel won her first ever BRIT Award in ‘British Female Solo Artist’ category. This award is very special to Mable as it comes exactly 3 decades after her mother, alt-pop innovator Neneh Cherry won awards in both ‘International Solo Artist’ and ‘International Breakthrough Act’ category on the same night.

Celeste’s ‘Rising Star’ moment: Taking stage dressed in a black gown, soul-singer Celeste performed to her single Strange backed only by a piano, a soft spotlight and her chilling vocals. Making the night even more memorable Celeste joined the ranks of Adele, Ellie Goulding, Sam Fender, Jorja Smith, Rag’n’Bone Man and others by winning the prestigious ‘Rising Star’ award. 

Rod Stewart’s closing act: An electrifying performance from rock ‘n’ roll legend Rod Stewart brought an end to the night. Rod called on to stage co-band members of Faces – Ronnie Wood and Kenney Jones to be a part of the closing act complemented with giant chandeliers and the glorious sounds of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

Here’s the complete list of winners

All the BRIT Award 2020 winners:

  • British Male Solo Artist: Stormzy
  • British Female Solo Artist: Mabel
  • Best Group: Foals
  • Best New Artist: Lewis Capaldi
  • International Female Solo Artist: Billie Eilish
  • International Male Solo Artist: Tyler, the Creator
  • Producer of The Year: Fred Again…
  • Song of The Year: ‘Someone You Loved’ – Lewis Capaldi 
  • Album of The Year: ‘Psychodrama’ – Dave
  • Rising Star: Celeste
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