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BRIT Awards

LONDON The BRIT Awards 2020 with Mastercard hit the O2 Arena with its 40th show last night with three stages and a carousel of lively performances. Sat Bal

Broadcast exclusively on ITV and YouTube worldwide, host Jack Whitehall took us through nine awards presentations and nine performances.

Mabel got the show off to a lively start and went on to win Best Female Solo Artist - for her gold-certified hit single ‘Don’t Call Me Up’ performed alongside 100 dancers.

The exclusive live debut of ‘No Time To Die’, the new James Bond official theme song, performed by Billie Eilish and her brother Finneas, Hans Zimmer and Johnny Marr. She later picked up International Female Solo Artist.

In a first, The BRITs gave the artists performing on the night creative control over their performances leading to some memorable performances.

The Mastercard Album of the Year award went to Dave, for his critically acclaimed and chart-topping debut Psychodrama. He performed the album’s first single ‘Black’ earlier in the show, a politically-charged, stripped down version accompanied by just a pianist.

Lewis Capaldi - who performed his breakout No. 1 single ‘Someone You Loved’ - followed last year’s Critics’ Choice nomination with a double win, for Best New Artist and Song of the Year. Ahead of the main show, the Scottish singer-songwriter was the first artist to ever perform on The BRITs’ red carpet with an exclusive performance for the ITV2 Red Carpet show broadcast and as part of TikTok’s exclusive red carpet live-stream.

Head of music operations UK, Paul Hourican, said it was about ‘taking advantage of TikTok's unique creativity to engage with their fans and connect with a new global audience to get their music discovered and build a strong, highly engaged fanbase.'

The Rising Star award (formerly Critics’ Choice) was presented as part of the main show, which also saw winner Celeste perform her single ‘Strange’ - both BRITs firsts.

Stormzy was honoured with Male Solo Artist, following his win in the same category in 2018, ahead of a show-stopping medley performance featuring hundreds of dancers, a choir and guest appearance from Burna Boy.

The show also saw spirited performances from Lizzo, and Sir Rod Stewart was back to perform solo as well as being joined by Faces bandmates Ronnie Wood and Kenny Jones to close the show with their hit song ’Stay With Me’.

Towards the start of the show, Whitehall addressed the audience to pay tribute to presenter and broadcaster Caroline Flack whose tragic suicide, again, raises issues of stress and mental health in the industry and at large.

Earlier in the day, Fred again.. was presented with Producer of the Year on the red carpet; the youngest ever recipient of the award.

On the event production side, Neptunus provided the temporary overlay and MD Ben Keast said: 'We're delighted to once again have been asked to provide the support facilities to The BRIT awards which is always one of the great nights for the British music industry.'

Amazon Music were digital music partner and event hosts of the Official BRIT Awards 2020 playlist, making music available to stream post-event on Amazon Music Unlimited.

The Winners (in order presented on the night)...

BEST NEW ARTIST - Lewis Capaldi

Presented by Clara Amfo and Niall Horan

FEMALE SOLO ARTIST - Mabel

Presented by Jorja Smith and Ellie Goulding

MALE SOLO ARTIST - Stormzy

Presented by Ronnie Wood

INTERNATIONAL MALE SOLO ARTIST - Tyler the Creator

Presented by Kiefer Sutherland and Paloma Faith

GROUP OF THE YEAR - Foals

Presented by Hailee Steinfeld, Courtney Love and Anne-Marie

RISING STAR - Celeste

Presented by Sam Fender and Adwoa Aboah

INTERNATIONAL FEMALE SOLO ARTIST - Billie Eilish

Presented by Melanie C

SONG OF THE YEAR - Lewis Capaldi ‘Someone You Loved’

Presented by Sir Tom Jones

MASTERCARD ALBUM OF THE YEAR - Dave ‘Psychodrama’

Presented by Billie Eilish and Finneas O’Connell

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