Last night, The Brits 2011, brought musics hottest stars, with their best gladrags on, to The o2 arena in London. The annual awards normally fills pages of newspapers for days afterwards with reports of scandals, controversy and best and worst dressed lists.
I have watched The Brits since I can remember, and I must say this years has provided the most well behaved of the lot. James Corden was this years ringmaster, and I don’t think he was on his game. I like the guy, he played one of my favourite characters on television ever, as Smithy on Gavin and Stacey. And I must say, good on him for donating his fee of £50k to comic relief. James Corden made me laugh once the entire show and seemed more interested in Justin Bieber. I am sad to say Dermot O’leary, who presented the Best Group award to Take That, completely outshone him in his under five minute slot. A true Brits presenter is an entertainer and has the audience hooked and captivated from start to finish, and ultimately knows a lot about the UK music scene, such as a radio DJ.
I was also sad to see there was no scandals. Everyone was far too well-behaved. I used to love going into school the day after The Brits and laugh with my friends about something a little bit naughty, and that if my Mam knew I understood the context of what was said I would probably be barred from watching the awards.
However, my highlights of the show included the fantastic and beautiful adele singing Someone Like You. One thing Corden was right about, you can have all the lights and pyrotechnics you like, but if you sound like that lady, then all you need is a piano and a microphone. Unreal. My favourite man of the year also never fails to impress. Mr Tinie Tempah, picked up two awards and put on quite a show singing his hits Pass Out, Written in the Stars and Miami to Ibiza. Absolutely awesome and I NEED to see him live! I also loved Arcade Fire. I have all the bands albums and always forget how much I love their music until I hear them. As soon as I watched them perform, I rushed to get my laptop and put them on my ipod. My biggest upset of the night was that Eminem didn’t pick up any of the two awards he was nominated for, even though, in my opinon, produced the best work of his career with his latest album.
Anyway, last week, I wrote up my predictions of who I thought would be the nights winners. Below are those predictions along with who won what award. I got three and a half right.
British Male Solo Artist: My prediction: Tinie Tempah
British Female Solo Artist: My prediction: Cheryl Cole
Winner: Laura Marling
British Breakthrough Act: My prediction: Mumford & Sons
Winner: Tinie Tempah
British Group: My prediction: Take That
Winner: Take That
British Single: My prediction: Tinie Tempah – Pass Out / Florence And The Machine – You’ve Got The Love
Winner: Tinie Tempah – Pass Out
Mastercard British Album of the Year: My prediction: Tinie Tempah – Disc-Overy. I did acknowledge Mumford & Sons and The XX.
Winner: Mumford & Sons – Sigh No More
International Male Solo Artist: My Prediction: Eminem.
Winner: Cee Lo Green
International Female Solo Artist: My prediction: Rihanna.
International Breakthrough Act: My Prediction: Bruno Mars.
Winner: Justin Bieber
International Group: My prediction: Kings of Leon.
Winner: Arcade Fire
International Album: My Prediction: Eminem – Recovery.
Winner: Arcade Fire – The Suburbs