40 years the BRIT Awards have been the barometer of what's hot on the island and beyond. At the moment, those include Lewis Capaldi, Stormzy and Billie Eilish. Politics also took center stage in a star-studded ceremony Tuesday night at London's O2 Arena.
Billie Eilish burst into tears
Lewis Capaldi was the only artist of the evening who was allowed to take two statues home. The Scot won Best New Artist and his track 'Someone You Loved' won Song of the Year after all. But the highlights of the evening were to be found elsewhere: Billie Eilish played her new Bond song "No Time To Die" live for the first time, accompanied by her brother Finneas, the film composer Hans Zimmer and the guitar legend Johnny Marr, who also took part in the Track had worked with. It wasn't Billie's only moment on stage, however, as shortly afterwards the singer was honored to accept the award for Best International Female Solo Artist. At the same time, Billie Eilish was visibly overcome with her feelings and shed a few tears.
Stormzy and Dave Got Political
Other stars of the night were two South London rappers. Stormzy wowed the audience with a ten-minute medley of his hits and put on a mega show with dozens of dancers. The singer, who was named Britain's best solo artist, then took a dig at the mostly male lists of nominees, highlighting in his speech the achievements of the women on his team. His colleague Dave, who took home one of the coveted awards for his album Psychodrama, also became political, lashing out at Prime Minister Boris Johnson and calling him a racist. Even Tyler, the Creator couldn't help but remark about British politicians when he was named Best International Solo Artist.
As Minister of the Interior, the future Prime Minister Theresa May had once given the rapper an entry ban. Tyler, The Creator hadn't forgotten that. "She sits at home and seethes with anger!" the award winner was happy that he was finally allowed to return to the United Kingdom. Apart from that, the atmosphere at the sidelines of the event was in high spirits among those present. Singer Lizzo in particular was in great form, brimming over interviews, while the Best Dressed Star award undoubtedly went to Harry Styles - the former One Direction heartthrob appeared in a canary yellow suit.