The BRITs Awards

The winners and how the event went down, even amidst the pandemic

   The BRITs Awards are the British annual popular music awards. The name was originally a shortened version of “the British,” but was later adapted into an acronym for British Record Industry Trusts show. The awards have been continuously hosted at The O2 since 2010. 

   This year, the BRITs is being hosted by Jack Whitehall. In addition, the audience is made up of  4,000 key workers from London. The event is being treated as a test run for the safety of crowds, explaining such a large live audience. Audience members will not be socially distanced or be required to wear a mask once inside the venue, however they must provide a negative COVID PCR test both before and after the event. This, and other trials, such as the Emirates FA Cup Final, and a music festival at Liverpool, will hopefully ease people back into normal life.

   The Rising Star Award was handed to Sarah Faith Griffiths on March 11th, and Taylor Swift was revealed to be the receiver of the Global Icon Award, the BRITs’ highest award, on May 9th. This makes Swift the first female artist and first non-British act to be presented the award. 

   British Male Solo was awarded to J Hus and Dua Lipa won British Female Solo. Billie Eilish was awarded International Female Solo and The Weeknd International Male Solo. Little Mix won British Group and Haim won International Group. Finally, Watermelon Sugar by Harry Styles received British Single, Future Nostalgia by Dua Lipa received British Album, and Arlo Parks received Breakthrough Artist. 

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