On Wednesday night the annual Brit Awards took place. Already the biggest night in UK music, this year the awards were streamed on Youtube, Facebook and ITV player meaning Global audiences could also watch the ceremony live. This was a first and when Gorillaz frontman, Damon Albarn, went up to collect the award for Best British Group, he used his time on the stage to remind audiences of something important. In his words: “this country is, believe it or not, quite a small little thing… and its part of. beautiful world… don’t let it become isolated”
For 2018, the brits had put together arguably its most esteemed line up to date. A diverse and talented range of performers took to the stage, but who’s worth watching back? Below is my review of each performance. A wiser man than I once said, rate something out of 10 but you can’t pick 7. So that is what I’ve done.
Pop legend Justin Timberlake opened the show with 2 tracks from his new album performed back to back. It was a seamless, perfect performance with JT transitioning into the mellower second track with ease for which he was joined onstage by Chris Stapleton. 8/10. Watch it here.
Winner of 2 awards including Best Female, Dua Lipa performed her massive hit ‘New Rules’ for which she was joined onstage by roughly 200 dancers. It was a big performance but unfortunately not a good one. There was far too much going on and Dua looked nervous and uncomfortable, slightly out of sync with her dancers. It was a bad representation of her talent. 5/10. Watch it here.
Rag n Bone man gave a smooth, soulful performance with Jorja Smith. The two award winners sounds complimented each others really well and the delivery was authentic and seductive. 8/10. Watch it here.
Ed Sheeran’s had another HUGE year and performed the song ‘Supermarket Flowers’ in his signature, minimal way. It was a good delivery of a touching song but nothing to write home about. 6/10. Watch it here.
Best International Group winners, Foo Fighters, performed ‘Sky is a Neighbourhood’ on a striking set up, designed to look as though they were playing on the roof of a house. It was a rousing performance and provided the show with the rock n roll it needed. 8/10. Watch it here.
Sam Smith has such an angelic voice and chose to compliment this by performing in a golden light with a small but delightful choir. Nothing particularly memorable but a lovely watch. 8/10. Watch it here.
Best International Act went to hip-hop KING Kendrick Lamar who performed ‘New Freezer’ on top of a glass box whilst Rich The Kid awkwardly smashed a sports car beneath him. I expected big things from Kendrick but found this a bit random and slightly lacking energy in his delivery. He also opted to rap the dirty version of the track meaning much of it had to be muted. 6/10. Watch it here.
Oasis’ Liam Gallagher took to the stage to perform in tribute to the victims of the Manchester concert bombing. Originally from Manchester the Oasis frontman sang their track ‘Live Forever’. The emotion connected to the event and the lyrics of the song were perfect partners and the crowd appeared visibly moved. 8/10. Watch it here.
Rita Ora was the penultimate singer on stage, again doing a medley of hits, the last featuring Liam Payne. The vocals were pretty flawless and whilst there was nothing particularly arresting about the staging, Ora showed her ability to deliver. 8/10.Watch it here.
The UK’s most popular grime artist right now, Stormzy, closed the show with the best performance of the night. The passion and energy which went into each song was unmatched and supported by staging complete with rain and balaclava clad choir. He has the stage presence of a megastar. 9/10.