The 2017 Brit Awards: How did they compare to previous years?


Little Mix’s opening performance was a special one, as was their win of their first ever Brit Award for their single ‘Shout out to My Ex.’ Opening an awards show of this capacity can be terrifying and nerve-wracking, but as always this girl band managed to pull it off with their vocals, dancing, and course their silver dancers.

A stand out moment from the night was seeing the 1975 win an award for ‘Best British Group.’ This Manchester born band have been together for 14 years, and we’re happy to see them finally being recognised for their perplexing album ‘I Like it When You Sleep for You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It.’ Their performance of ‘The Sound’ and the confusion around the excessive amount of disses appearing on screen was a highlight of the night – with many people thinking ITV had been hacked. Avid fans of the 1975 understood this clearly – as this is also a feature of The Sound’s music video.

In terms of performances, Katy Perry’s seemed normal to some extent until one of her dancing houses fell off stage. This still seems to be a talking point of the Brits this year, but we’re not sure it’ll ever compare to the likes of Madonna’s infamous cape incident.

Collaborations were also at the forefront of this year’s awards ceremony, and we particularly enjoyed Ed Sheeran and Stormzy coming together on ‘Shape of You’ – a collaboration that was kept well hidden. A collaboration we were less fond of was that of The Chainsmokers and Coldplay – two polarising performers and capacities that just didn’t work for us.

The night, of course, didn’t go without tribute to those the music industry has lost within the last year. Specifically, Coldplay’s Chris Martin’s moving performance of the late George Michael’s ‘A Different Corner,’ had everyone remembering how great George Michael was at being an artist and an icon. David Bowie’s ‘Blackstar’ winning album of the year was also a moving tribute, and his son accepting the award was a special moment in remembering his artistry.

This year’s Brit Awards were a generally uneventful affair compared to previous years, but that didn’t make them any less fun to watch – they served as a reminder to how powerful our music industry is.

Sonia Bolla


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This is Beatrice's third year with LSU Media. In her first year she wrote for Label in both Features and News, her second year saw her take the position of Music Content Coordinator for LSU Media as well as Label Features Editor. Her third and final year with Label sees her take the position of Head of Online, Marketing and Distrubution where she hopes to maximise Label's presence on and off campus.

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