Dua Lipa has topped the winners at the 2021 Brit Awards, calling on Boris Johnson to approve “a fair pay raise” for front-line NHS staff while collecting gongs, including the British album jackpot for his spectacular Future Nostalgia album. , which dominates the charts.
She also won as a female solo artist, raising her Brit award total to five and cementing her position as one of the UK’s most successful and critically acclaimed pop stars.
Receiving this latest award and addressing the 2,500 key workers who received tickets to the show, he said: “It is very good to applaud [frontline NHS staff]but we have to pay them, ”as he dedicated his award to nurse and healthcare pioneer Dame Elizabeth Anionwu.
He later dedicated the award for his album to Folajimi Olubunmi-Adewole, the 20-year-old man who died after trying to save a woman who had fallen into the River Thames in April. She asked for an award for bravery for him and Joaquín García, who also attempted a rescue and survived along with the woman.
The The Brit 2020 Awards were widely criticized for her strong inclination towards male artists, with only one British woman, pop singer Mabel, nominated in 25 spots in the mixed gender categories. There has been a resounding change in 2021, with Lipa among a wide range of winners.
Little Mix became the first all-female band to win the British group award, with Five Star in 1987, Stereo MCs in 1994, and Gorillaz in 2018, the only winners from the previous category featuring women.
Little Mix’s victory crowns a career that began on the television show The X Factor 10 years ago, with six Top 5 albums in the UK since then, plus 16 Top 10 singles, five of which reached number 1. The group is now expected to go on hiatus, with members Perrie Edwards and Leigh-Anne Pinnock announcing pregnancies this month, and founding member jesy Nelson leaving the group in December.
Pinnock said on receiving the award: “It is not easy being a woman in the UK pop industry. We have seen white male dominance, misogyny, sexism, and a lack of diversity. We are proud of how we have stood together, we have stood firm, we have surrounded ourselves with strong women and now we are using our voices more than ever. “
The Los Angeles trio Haim won as an international group, the first all-female group to do so in nearly two decades after Destiny’s Child’s victory in 2002. Billie Eilish won the international female award, pop singer Griff won the award for the rising star and Taylor Swift became the first woman to receive the global icon award, previously won by David Bowie, Elton John and Robbie Williams. “There is no career that is free of negativity,” he said upon receiving the award in person. “If you meet resistance, it probably means that you are doing something new.”
Twenty-year-old Arlo Parks won the Breakthrough Artist Award, having released one of the most admired albums of the year so far with her debut Collapsed in Sunbeams, which blends trip-hop and soul into songs packed with soulful storytelling.
She had been nominated for three awards and also performed at the ceremony, telling The Guardian beforehand: “It feels pretty crazy, and I don’t think it has fully taken in. I’ve been doing a lot of prep and rehearsal, and it feels beautiful. take the time to build something that is like a step towards recovery from the concerts. When they return correctly, they will be even more special because these songs will have taken root in people’s lives and they will have had a soundtrack in such a difficult time ” .
Every year this century, at least half of the winners in the mixed gender categories have been men, but in 2021, six out of seven are women. The celebration of female talent follows similar recognition at this year’s Grammy Awards, where Eilish, Swift, Megan Thee Stallion and HER won all four of the top awards, and where Lipa won one of her six nominations, for best pop vocal album.
However, Lipa failed to sweep the board with the British, and Harry Styles topped her with the British single with her song. Watermelon sugar, an enduring success since its launch in November 2019 that has spent 62 weeks on the UK chart in total.
He also addressed key audience workers, saying, “Thank you for all you did for this country,” while Headie One and AJ Tracey added new lyrics to their hit song Ain’t It Different, rapping, “Work as a team, keep the dream working. It is right that we show love to key workers. ” The couple also took issue with the Boris Johnson government, “saying eat out to help but they won’t help.” [Marcus] Rashford when he’s feeding the young, ”while performing on a stage designed by Louis Vuitton artistic director Virgil Abloh.
The British male was won over by J Hus, the East Londoner whose sophisticated mix of rap with African pop production came together on his number one album Big Conspiracy.
Men’s International was won by the Weeknd, who was snubbed at this year’s Grammys, garnering zero nominations despite having one of the biggest global hits of the year with Blinding lights. She also performed at the Brit Awards via video, and her award was presented to her with a video message from Michelle Obama.
Other performances came from Lipa, Parks, Griff, Coldplay and Olivia Rodrigo, the latter making her UK live debut after her single Drivers License topped the chart for nine weeks earlier this year. Elton John and Years & Years made a surprise collaboration, Pet Shop Boys’ It’s a Sin.
Rag’n’Bone Man closed the show alongside Pink and the Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust Choir. Before the event, the British blues-soul singer told The Guardian that he was honored to share the stage with key workers, adding: “It has been difficult not having the kind of production that I usually have, being able to be on stage and let everything out. I really feel sorry for the people where [live performance] it is your livelihood, especially if you are at a certain point in your career where you have to do a lot for so little. I know how it feels. I think they are the people most affected ”.
The 2021 Brits was the first large-scale indoor event to be held as part of a government-led research program on how crowds can safely return to events. Scientists monitored the event and tracked down any potential areas of contamination. “The learnings that the government will gain from this will be very important and hopefully allow them to inform their approach and policy in the future,” said a spokesperson for the Brit Awards.
Hannah, a 26-year-old nurse attending the awards, said it felt like a long overdue party after a rough year. “I can’t believe I’m really here,” he says. “It’s so nice to go out at night to dress up and dance, although it feels strange since we are not completely out of place. But it seems that last year’s difficulties are ending. “
Brit Award Winners 2021
British woman: Dua Lipa
British man: J Hus
British group: Small mix
Revolutionary artist: Arlo Parks
British single: Harry Styles – Watermelon Sugar
British album: Dua Lipa – Nostalgia for the future
International woman: Billie Eilish
International man: Weekend
International group: Haim
Global icon: Taylor Swift
Rising Star: Griff
George is Digismak’s reported cum editor with 13 years of experience in Journalism