While Harry Styles won the most awards at the Brit Awards 2023, which was held on Saturday, 11 February, at the O2 Arena in London, Wet Leg and Beyoncé followed in close second winning two awards.
Read further for a scoop on all of the happenings at the 2023 Brit Awards.
Hosted by the British stand-up comedian, Mo Gilligan, the 2023 Brits, which were held on a Saturday night for the first ever time, kicked off with a fantastic performance by this year’s ultimate Brits winner, Harry Styles. But not before all of your fav music stars hit the red carpet, and boy, did they make an entrance.
Celebrating her nomination for the “Best New Artist” category and her first ever Brit Awards, the British queen of singing songs about her exes, Mimi Webb, donned a diamond necklace so expensive she needed a security guard to accompany her down the red carpet in case anyone tried to nick them. “If it was me or the diamonds,” she remarked, speaking of the £1.2 million necklace, “he’d save the diamonds.”
And as if Sam Smith hadn’t already been hitting headlines recently following the release of their new music video for “Not Here to Make Friends”, the pop star has hit headlines again by confidently arriving at the awards in a black voluminous, inflatable latex jumpsuit made by London designer, Harri, and high-heeled boots. The non-binary singer whose pronouns are they/them also hit the stage with Kim Petras with a showstopping performance of their song “Unholy.”
However, before the iconic pair’s steamy performance, the award ceremony saw performances by Wet Leg, Lewis Capaldi, and Lizzo, all of which contributed to making the show a night to remember.
First up was the 4-time nominee alternative rock band, Wet Leg, with a live rendition of their popular song, “Chaise Lounge”.
Would it really be a televised award ceremony hosted by celebs if someone didn’t mess up their speech or announcement? No, it really wouldn’t. While introducing Lewis Capaldi’s performance, host Mo Gilligan coalesced the Scottish singer-songwriter’s name with Sam Smith’s, calling him Sam Capaldi.
Big whoops on his behalf, but the comedian did apologize afterward, blaming his mistake on the strength of alcohol provided at the awards. Accompanied by his guitar and a house gospel choir, Capaldi sang his raw and angelic song “Forget Me.”
Next to perform was American superstar, Lizzo, who rocked the stage in a fluffy pink number, singing a mashup of her infamous hits “Special”, “2 Be Loved (Am I Ready)”, and “About Damn Time.”
Also among the performers were Stormzy, Cat Burns, David Guetta, Becky Hill, Ella Henderson, and Sam Ryder.
Donning a beige outfit with a choir holding the backing vocals, three-time nominee and grime legend, Stormzy, performed a beautiful mashup of “Hide And Seek” and “I Got My Smile Back”, which are both from his new album.
Cat Burns performed their amazing track “Go” and David Guetta, who won the Best Producer of the Year Award”, given to him by music legend, Fatboy Slim, ended the award show with an iconic collaboration medley including his songs with Becky Hill, Ella Henderson, and Sam Ryder.
Due to technical issues, we were also treated to a video performance from last year of Adele singing her song “I Drink Wine”.
So now for the big news. Who won what awards? WINNERS
The first of the winners was Manchester-bred rapper, Aitch, who beat fellow nominees Central Cee, Dave, Loyle Carner, and Stormzy in the award for “Best Hip Hop/ Grime/ Rap Act.”
Next to win was music royalty, Beyoncé who won the award for “International Artist of the Year Award.” Also nominated for the award were: Burna Boy, Kendrick Lamar, Lizzo, and Taylor Swift. Unfortunately, Queen Bey Couldn’t make it to collect her trophy, but she did leave a video speech, gearing fans up for her upcoming Renaissance tour.
The pop princess beat David Guetta & Bebe Rexha’s “I’m Good (Blue)”, “Fireboy DML & Ed Sheeran’s Peru”, Encanto’s “We Don’t Talk About Bruno”, GAYLE’s “abcdefu”, Jack Harlow’s “First Class”, Lizzo ‘s “About Damn Time”, Lost Frequencies & Calum Scott’s “Where are you now?”, One Republic’s “I Ain’t Worried”, and Taylor Swift’s “Anti-Hero” for “International Song of the Year” award with her song which was only intended for people “to dance”, “Break My Soul.”
Also winning two awards was Wet Leg. These were for “Best Group” and “Best New Artist”. For the former, they beat fellow nominees The 1975, Arctic Monkeys, Bad Boy Chiller Crew, and Nova Twins, and for the latter: Kojey Radical, Mimi Webb, Rina Sawayama, and Sam Ryder.
During their acceptance speech, the band’s lead singer, Rhian Teasdale revealed that she thought Brits Award winners received their trophies “in the post.”
Taking home the award for “Best Dance Act” was Becky Hill, beating Bonobo, Calvin Harris, Eliza Rose, and Fred Again…
Also among the winners was Fontaines D.C for the “International Group of the Year Award” and The 1975 for “Best Rock / Alternative Act”, beating Arctic Monkeys, Nova Twins, Tom Grennan, and Wet Leg.
Meanwhile, despite their complaints that there were too few female artists nominated, the girl group, Flo, accepted the prize for “Rising Star”.
And last but not least was the man of the hour, Harry Styles, who won all of his four nominations, including “Mastercard Album of the Year”, for his album Harry’s House, “As It Was” for his No.1 hit “Song of the Year”, “Best Pop/ R&B Act”, and of course, “Artist of the Year.” In his acceptance speech for “Artist of the Year”, Styles thanks his mum for signing him up for XFactor without telling him and his former One Direction bandmates.
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