Brits 2017: Five Key Moments

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Katie is the junior digital editor of Vogue.co.uk


Thursday 23 February 2017

Brit Award Winners 2017

Brit Award Winners 2017


Brit Awards 2017

Brit Awards 2017


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The Awards

Beyoncé, Emeli Sandé, Drake and One Direction were among the big-name winners of the night, but the most notable nods were the two awarded posthumously to David Bowie - for Best British Male Solo Artist and British Album Of The Year for Blackstar. The second award was accepted by Duncan Jones on behalf of his father, who died last year after a battle with cancer. Jones told the audience: “I lost my dad last year but I also became a dad. I was spending a lot of time trying to work out what I would want my son to know about his grandad. It would be the thing that most of his fans have taken over the last 50 years. He’s always been there supporting people who think they are a little bit weird or a little bit strange, a little bit different. He’s always been there for them. This award is for all the kooks, and all the people that make the kooks.”Credit Rex

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The Tributes

George Michael's former Wham! bandmates took to the stage to pay an emotional tribute to the singer. Speaking alongside backing singers Pepsi and Shirlie, Andrew Ridgeley told the audience "it felt like the sky had fallen in", when he heard the news of Michael's death on Christmas Day last year. "A supernova in a firmament of shining stars has been extinguished."
The tribute continued with Chris Martin performing A Different Corner, backed by a full orchestra, while footage of Michael and of Prince, who also died last year, was projected onto a video screen behind.Credit Press Association

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The Collaborations

It was a night of unexpected musical partnerships. Ed Sheeran brought Stormzy onto the stage for a verse of Shape Of You, before the pair took their friendship to the next level turning up to the Warner after party wearing T-shirts promoting each other’s forthcoming albums. Coldplay and The Chainsmokers unveiled a collaborative single, Something Just Like This, in an electrifying joint performance.Credit Press Association

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The Mishaps

As well as the few usual minor technical mishaps that live shows tend to encounter, eagle-eyed viewers spotted a tumble during Katy Perry's Chained To The Rhythm performance when one of her dancers, dressed as a house, toppled off the side of the stage.

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The Politics

While Perry didn't speak during her performance, political reference was still overt. The singer - who was vocal in her support of Hillary Clinton during the presidential election - was joined on stage by two giant skeletons seemingly representing Donald Trump and Theresa May.Credit Getty

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