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The Brit Awards: Has Britain Got Talent?

The Vote

Published on February 17th 2010.

The Brit Awards: Has Britain Got Talent?

Britain’s biggest annual night of music once again didn’t fail to entertain in its thirtieth year. But it wasn’t necessarily the best in British talent that it will be remembered for. Let’s recap…

The second big winners of the night were none other than X Factor generated, runner-up boyband, JLS. In the Best Single category the lads even beat two X Factor winners and an X Factor judge.

Lily Allen opened the show with a circus level performance with all the effects, dancers and stunts you could ask for. But it was timid compared to Lady Gaga who, after stealing the red carpet limelight by arriving in a wedding cake dress and a candy floss wig, continued her American takeover with a belter of a ballad which she dedicated to deceased British designer Alexander McQueen. Taking to the stage three times to clear up most of the international awards, she was humble and gracious as she gave her list of thank yous.

The same could be said of fellow American Jay-Z who picked up Best International Male – rather predictably perhaps, as we know he didn’t fly all this way just to sip Cristal with JLS.

In another of the best performances of the night, he took to the stage with, yes another American, Alicia Keys for an effortless live duet of ‘Empire State of Mind’.

On to more of the actual Brits at the Brits, and who did we have flying the flag? The second big winners of the night, behind Gaga, were none other than X Factor generated, runner-up boyband, JLS. In the Best Single category the lads even beat two X Factor winners and an X Factor judge.

Speaking of said judge, Cheryl Cole delivered her infectious yet ironic single ‘Fight For This Love’ note perfect. Hmmm, it kind of gave the game away though when they switched her mic on at the end and she could barely speak as she fought to catch her breath. But let’s face it, given the week she’s had she probably couldn’t bear to actually sing the lyrics out loud.

In a night which featured a predominance of new and upcoming female nominees, veteran popstars Mel B and Geri Halliwell were on hand to show they’ve still got it, as they hogged the stage first to collect an award for Best Brits Performance of the Last 30 Years, and then to hand out a few. Old Spice. Old news.

We suspect those two were surprised that the Spice Girls weren’t also up for best band as well. But luckily that went to Kasabian who performed their hit ‘Fire’ for the twelve hundredth time in the last year.

One of the most anticipated performances at the Brits, as always, was the random duet. We’ve had Lady Gaga and the Pet Shop Boys, The Tings Tings and Estelle, Rihanna and the Klaxons. This year it was Florence minus the machine and Dizzee Rascal performing their mash up song ‘You Got the Dirtee Love’. Did it work? It was enjoyable but it didn’t provide the spectacle you would expect from an awards show of this scale. Either way it’s the first Brit collaboration in history that will be available to download on iTunes. Dizzee went on to pick up Best Male.

A giggly and drunk Lily Allen also picked up her first ever Brit for Best Female Solo Artist, beating Leona Lewis, Pixie Lott and Florence and the Machine. In true lady-like Lily fashion she told host Peter Kay to “f**k off” as he tried to hurry along her slurred speech.

But the rudeness award had to go to Liam Gallagher who collected a prestigious Brit on behalf of Oasis for Best Album of 30 Years. He shouted “Listen kids. I want to thank Bonehead, Guigsy and Alan White. The best band in the f***ing world. Live forever” before throwing the mic and the Brit into the crowd. Peter Kay then said what most people were thinking: “What a knobhead.” To add insult to injury, a Facebook group set up to honour Kay’s comment attracted over 17,000 members in less than an hour. It’s a pity Jonathan Ross’s presenting moment didn’t receive similar applause. He turned up in an Ali G-esque outfit which as the silence from the crowd proved, was an embarrassing dad moment.

The show ended with Robbie Williams performing a medley of his hits before accepting the Outstanding Contribution to Music award at the tender age of 36. That’s six years older than the 30 year-old Brit Awards. JLS, next year this could be yours…

So, we had the swearing, the performances, the drunken antics, the embarrassment, the duets and there was certainly plenty of X Factor in the room. But whether that’s only in reference to the talent show stars or actual talent is debatable. It could be argued that the once revolutionary Brits have become somewhat redundant.

What do you think? Were the Brits Awards a true reflection of the best of British music?


Brits Performance of the Last 30 Years - Spice Girls for 'Wannabe/Who Do You Think You Are?' (1997)

British Male Solo Artist - Dizzee Rascal

International Male Solo Artist - Jay-Z

Brits Album of the Last 30 Years - Oasis for '(What’s The Story) Morning Glory?'

British Breakthrough Act - JLS

British Group - Kasabian

International Breakthrough Act - Lady GaGa

International Female Solo Artist - Lady GaGa

British Female Solo Artist - Lily Allen

International Album - Lady GaGa for The Fame

British Single - JLS for 'Beat Again'

The MasterCard British Album - Florence and the Machine for Lungs

British Producer - Paul Epworth

Critics’ Choice - Ellie Goulding

Outstanding Contribution to Music - Robbie Williams

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