Over the recent years the music industry has seen considerable changes. A large percentage of us no longer spend our Saturday afternoons moping around record stores, just ask worried HMV staff members who are seeking counseling from past Zavvi employees. Downloading is now the way forward to hear your latest favourite tracks. Compact Discs are collecting dust over their once shiny covers and being stored away in attics beside that other invention we once referred to as vinyl and music videos are readily available twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week thanks to the ever growing network of music television channels.
Changes are afoot everywhere in the music industry and on Tuesday night the most recent shake-up reared its Britannia head. The Brits moved from Earls Court to The O2 and we were there to soak up every drop of the atmosphere.
By now you have probably watched the whole shebang. Shared your views on the performances. And agreed or disagreed with the results. But let’s sum up the night for you and tell you a few things you may have missed.
The O2 itself was virtually taken over from the awards, the arena hosted the ceremony. IndigoO2 housed the War Child after-show party attended by the likes of Matt Cardle and MasterCard took over Proud2, formally known as 'Matter' (a nightclub) , for a special party for competition winners, but lacked any signs of celebrities who were too busy attending private parties in the West End.
Inside the arena the event looked stunning; the 125 tables were segregated into six sections by a fashionable red carpet keeping guests such as Cee Lo Green, Justin Bieber (on the table covered in fizzy pop) and Take That at bay. Guests were asked to remain in their quarter and to keep the carpet free; bizarrely the guests obliged and kept good manners, not just at their tables but on stage as well.
There was little controversially at this year's ceremony, although Tinie Tempah did delay his speech desperately trying to locate Labyrinth in the maze of tables so the producer could accompany him to accept the award for Best British Single (Pass Out). OK, host James Corden may have embarrassed Bieber a little by rustling the teen-idol's hair, but all in all the awards went swimmingly, although some would argue the lack of a 'Jarvis Cocker' moment at the annual ceremony is sadly missed.
Take That opened the proceedings by being ambushed along the stage performing 'Kidz' surrounded by dancers resembling riot police, although these post-graduated students had little to protest against, especially as they picked up the award for Best Group despite one their fellow housemates returning to base after taking off fifteen gap years. One guy who hasn't decided to go AWOL was the recipient of the Best Male Solo Artist, Plan B. The British rapper also pulled in the riot police for his performance of 'She Said' which dramatically concluded with a policeman/ dancer being set on fire. We guess that brought a smile to Jody McIntyre, the lad with cerebral palsy who was attacked by a policeman during the student riots last December!
Adele shredded a tear through her performance of 'Someone Like You', we guess she was over-whelmed playing live on such a prodigious evening; either that or somebody had finished off all the cakes on her table.
Two acts who reached dizzy musical heights in 2010 were Mumford & Sons and Arcade Fire, both of which picked up similar awards on Tuesday night for Best British Album and Best International Album respectably. Their winnings may have much in common, but their performances at the awards stood either side of the entertainment Richter scale. Arcade Fire gave a blazing rendition of 'Ready to Start' explaining why their last album, 'The Suburbs' reached respective positions in album reviews of 2010. Mumford & Sons, despite receiving the same praise for their debut record, 'Sigh No More' decided to perform a lesser known album track called 'Timshel' which kind of killed the atmosphere for a couple of minutes.
The battle for International Female Single was a no brainer. Just as those nominated against Colin Firth in the Baftas a couple of days before artists such as Katy Perry and Alica Keys didn't bother to splash out on a plane ticket after hearing they were competing against Rihanna. The multi-award selling artist took to the stage to play 'Only Girl In The World', and she was fantastic!
There's always one act who dominates the Brits and this year that title was held by Tinie Tempah. Nominated for four awards the artist, who has probably been to Scunthorpe by now, walked away with two awards for Best Single, Pass Out and Best Breakthrough Act. His performance of 'Written In The Stars' filled the arena with constellations formed of lasers around the arena, although we can't help thinking that Tinie's success will be overshadowed within the next twelve months when youngsters become accustomed to another rapper which the media will thrust down their throats before you can say 'Dizzee Rascal', who incidentally picked up the Best Solo Artist Award in 2010.
Cee Lo was given the opportunity to round the evening off performing two tracks which included a surprise duet with Paloma Faith. The artist also picked up the award for Best International Solo Artist.
As the guests made their way to various parties the Brit Awards closed its doors for another twelve months.
Over the recent years the music industry has seen considerable changes. But one thing will never change, the Brits Awards is still the most important and prestigious event in the music calendar with a highly professional team behind it. Roll on February 2012 we can't bloody wait to do it all again ...Providing we are invited again that is!
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