Dua Lipa gained the coveted British Album of the 12 months prize on the Brit Awards on Tuesday, in a ceremony that noticed feminine artists dominate the blended classes.
Round 4,000 friends streamed into London’s O2 Area for the most important evening in British pop music, because the ceremony welcomed friends for the primary time in two years as a part of the federal government’s pilot scheme easing coronavirus restrictions.
The Brit Awards have been criticised prior to now for nominations seen as skewing closely male, however this yr nearly the entire important prizes went to feminine artists.
Little Combine gained greatest British group — changing into the primary feminine act ever to take action. Singer and poet Arlo Parks took the Breakthrough Artist award, and greatest worldwide group went to the American band HAIM.
In one other history-making second, Taylor Swift turned the primary feminine winner of the worldwide icon award, for what organisers mentioned was “her immense impression on music internationally and unimaginable repertoire and achievements up to now”.
Along with her album “Future Nostalgia”, 25-year-old Dua Lipa — who has gained three Brit Awards beforehand — beat soul singer Celeste, Parks, and rapper J Hus, who was the one male contender in the perfect album class.
Dua Lipa and J Hus had been additionally named greatest feminine and male solo artist respectively.
“Final time I used to be up right here accepting this award in 2018, I mentioned that I needed to see extra girls on these levels,” Dua Lipa mentioned.
“I really feel so proud that three years later, we’re seeing that occurred, and it truly is such an honour to be part of this wave of ladies in music.”
– ‘Give Boris a message’ –
She devoted one among her awards to British nurse Dame Elizabeth Anionwu, noting that she had mentioned “there’s an enormous disparity between gratitude and respect for frontline staff, as a result of it’s excellent to clap for them, however we have to pay them.”
“So I believe what we must always do is we must always all give an enormous, large spherical of applause and provides Boris (Johnson, the British prime minister) a message that all of us assist a good pay rise.”
The viewers, which was full of key staff after organisers reserved 2,500 seats for them, gave her a standing ovation.
Different winners included Harry Kinds, who gained greatest British single for “Watermelon Sugar”, and Billie Eilish and The Weeknd, who gained greatest worldwide feminine and male artist respectively.
Coldplay kicked off the present with a efficiency on the River Thames, and Dua Lipa herself carried out dwell, sporting a Union Jack miniskirt and an upswept hairdo paying homage to late singer Amy Winehouse.
British rapper Rag’n’Bone Man carried out dwell with the choir from Britain’s Nationwide Well being Service (NHS), whereas veteran American star Pink joined the efficiency remotely from america.
“Having folks attend this particular night makes me actually excited for touring to return,” mentioned Rag’n’Bone Man earlier than the ceremony.
The annual occasion, which usually takes place in February, was postponed for 3 months due to coronavirus security and logistical considerations.
Viewers members neither noticed social distancing nor wore face coverings as soon as seated, however wanted to provide a destructive coronavirus check outcome.