LONDON – The pop group The 1975 emerged as the big winner of the night, taking home the Brit awards for Best British album and Best British group at the 39th edition of the British music awards held in London on Wednesday.
Under the roof of the British capital’s 02 Arena, The 1975 and their “A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships” were positioned as the night’s great triumphs, closely followed by Jorja Smith, who won Best British Artist, and George Ezra, who won Best British Artist.
The gala kicked off with a spectacular performance of Hugh Jackman, who performed his “The Greatest Showman” in an interpretation accompanied by a large number of dancers and contortionists.
Fireworks, confetti and the sober performance of Jackman preceded the appearance of the host of the night, the British comedian Jack Whitehall, who first began joking about George Ezra, and continued with his list of jokes aimed at the protagonists of the night.
Whitehall, a regular at these ceremonies, quickly gave way to the first award of the night, the one for the Best British Male Solo Artist.
Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge took the stage to give an award, imitating Harry Kane of Tottenham, who gave an award last year.
The lucky one to take home the award was Ezra, beating Sam Smith, another favorite to pick up the award.
Dressed in a simple shirt, Ezra said he considered himself “very lucky” and explained that this award is “the icing on the cake,” moments before going on stage to sing “Shotgun” from his successful album “Staying at Tamara’s.”
The next winner was Jorja Smith, with the award for Best British Female Solo Artist. Smith, almost in tears, dedicated the award “for all the little girls and women who are just being themselves and loving everything they do.”
Then, The 1975 was crowned as the Best British band, ahead of Arctic Monkeys and Gorillaz and Little Mix put a bit of “hip hop” in the almost crowded O2 Arena in London with their single “Women like me.”
While the hilarious Whitehall made jokes for all, remembering even of the traffic accident of the Duke of Edinburgh, Tom Walker was named British Breakthrough Act of the year.
“Oh, my God, thank you so much to anybody who listens to my music. It is an absolute honor and a privilege. I love you,” he exclaimed exultantly.
Within just five minutes, three more awards were presented, via video, since none of the winners could attend the ceremony, for Best International Male Solo Artist, which went to Drake, Best International Female Artist for Ariana Grande, and Best International group for The Carters.
Ed Sheeran, one of the protagonists in the last edition, also had his place in the ceremony and took the Brit Global Success Award, supported by his album “Divide.”
With the desire to make the most of their time, Rag ‘n’ Bone, Sam Smith and Dua Lipa, helped by a Calvin Harris who won the Brit for Best Producer, played often, without a break, before Little Mix was crowned with the Brit for Best Video Clip of the Year with “Women like Me.”
Actor Jared Leto added some color to the night, when he appeared on stage with red boots with heels, jacket without a shirt and a bulky necklace to present the Brit for Best British album.
The most important award of the night went to The 1975, with their “A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships,” their third album.
Matthew Healy had the honors of collecting the statuette and he dedicated the prize to everyone, but especially to his girlfriend for letting him “write all this.”
The British band changed quickly and performed their “Sincerity is Scary,” while Healy danced on a conveyor belt to provide some pop to the ceremony, which was practically engulfed by hip hop and R&B.
Calvin Harris and Dua Lipa took the Brit award for Best British Single for their “One Kiss,” while P!NK closed the night with the award for the Outstanding Contribution to Music and sang for all her “Just Give Me a Reason,” accompanied by Dan, vocalist of the band Bastille.