- Wed, 2013-02-20 18:26
Well, there we have it. Another spectacular BRIT Awards full of triumphant live performances and a fair bunch of trophies for Emeli Sandé and Ben Howard. We were feverishly live blogging throughout the event, take a look below to see the full feed packed with quotes from the winners, live pics and some amusing tweets from artists and fans.
To celebrate the awards, we've created our BRITs 2013 playlist for you to stream. Featuring all the winning artists and songs performed across the evening, click the play button below to launch the pop-out player.
BRIT Awards 2013 Playlist
Live performance: 1. Muse - Supremacy
Winner! British Female Solo Artist: 2. Emeli Sandé - Clown
Live performance: 3. Robbie Williams - Candy
Winner! British Group: 4. Mumford & Sons - Lover of The Light
Winner! British Breakthrough Act: 5. Ben Howard - Only Love
Live performance: 6. Justin Timberlake - Mirrors
Winner! British Male Solo Artist: 7. Ben Howard - The Wolves
Winner! Critic's Choice: 8. Tom Odell - Another Love
Winner! Critic's Choice: 9. Tom Odell - Can't Pretend
Winner! International Female Solo Artist: 10. Lana Del Rey - Video Games
Live performance: 11. One Direction - One Way Or Another (Teenage Kicks)
Winner! Best British Live Act: 12. Coldplay - Us Against The World
Winner! British Single: 13. Adele - Skyfall
Live performance: 14. Taylor Swift - I Knew You Were Trouble
Winner! International Group: 15. The Black Keys - Lonely Boy
Winner! International Male Solo Artist: 16. Frank Ocean - Thinkin' Bout You
Live performance: 17. Mumford & Sons - I Will Wait
Winner! Global Success Award: 18. One Direction - Live While We're Young
Winner! Best Album: 19. Emeli Sandé - Next To Me
2217: Tinie Tempah takes to instagram to round-up the evening, "And Emeli closes the show... Well done @emelisande u deserve it all! x" followed by a tweet from @emelisande herself "I GOT A BRRRRRIIIIITT!!!" backstage, champagne in hand.
2209: Sat at her piano, bathed in gentle blue light, Emeli Sandé gives a delicate performance of Clown. A brief pause is quickly filled with applause as plucked strings signal the beginning of Next To Me. Standing up and walking to the stage, Emeli arrives in time for the chorus and with one hand in the air is joined by a gospel choir who emerge from the shadows. A triumphant end to the evening.
@lauramvula tweets "Go Emeli Sande!!!!!!!xx #BRITAwards2013"
@shaunfabric tweets "You know you are doing well when the Brits invent an award for you"
2200: With Robbie Williams announcing "and the winner of the global success award is...my five little showbiz brothers, One Direction" the world dominating troupe arrive on stage and pick up the award with "this really is absolutely mind blowing. We have to start off by thanking our incredible fans! We wouldn't be here without them, thank you so much!"
WINNER! Global Success Award: One Direction
2158: After spending 53 weeks in the album chart and selling over 1.6m copies in the UK, Emeli Sandé picks up one of the most sought after awards of the evening. "I think I'm a very unlikely pop star. This is an album I wrote because I didn't have the confidence to say this in person. So many people have connected to this album, it doesn't make me feel as lonely. Thank you so much. This is a dream really, I'm so grateful."
@speechdebelle tweets "I love @emelisande"
WINNER! Best Album: Emeli Sandé - Our Version Of Events
@OnlyAnisa tweets "Thank goodness. A performance where I won't hear the words 'London' or 'let me see you put your hands together' 'jump' 'bounce' #BRITs2013"
@Reverend_Makers tweets "#Britawards Mumford is an angry farmer armed with a banjo, out to rid the world of City dwellers"
@_emilycsmith tweets "Now, this is proper music. #MumfordandSons #BRITs2013 "
@Greginator1995 tweets "They don't have much personality when they speak but I guess that's because it's all taken up by their music. #mumfordandsons #BRITs2013"
2153: Mumford & Sons take to the stage to perform I Will Wait...
2144: Blur / Gorillaz Damon Albarn arrives on stage with Ben from charity War Child. Ben reminds us of the work the charity do and the belief they hold that "any child that has to live with fear and danger in their lives in unacceptable." Damon adds "I think it's very important that everyone here remembers that War Child really transforms people's lives and anything you can do to help would be fantastic. Here's to another 20 years."
2138: He's written for Justin Bieber, Beyonce and John Legend and now, after releasing an aaamazing debut album, Frank Ocean arrives to collect a well deserved BRIT award, picking it up with "before this year I didn't get many trophies in my life, I'm definitely a long way from working fast food in New Orleans, so thank you guys for this. And thanks Damien Hirst for the polka dots."
WINNER! International Male Solo Artist: Frank Ocean
2136: On a small stage of his own Ben Howard sits with his acoustic guitar and alongside a cello player performs a beautiful version of Only Love. Surrounded by lights the female player adds a sprinkle of subtle harmony. Of course, we never expected Ben to deliver a live performance dressed up with a glamorous BRIT stage show, but still, the simplicity of this compared to all that has been before is captivating. Proper music #win.
2126: After announcing the winner Dave Grohl continues being an absolute rock don and collects the award on their behalf, "The Black Keys couldn't be here tonight so I'm going to take this back to the States for them. Long live Rock N' Roll." Cool. Did Taylor just turn to the dark side? We've forgotten all about that now. Dave is here. Everything is going to be alright.
WINNER! International Group: The Black Keys
Nerina Pallot @ladychatterley tweets "Look. Taylor Swift is an excellent pop star and this is an excellent pop song. If you like that kind of thing. (I do.)"
@caitlinmoran tweets "Fun to imagine her singing this at Harry Styles as he looks terrified, then slides under the table to play Fruit Ninja on his iPhone"
2118: Snowflakes fall from the stage as Taylor Swift gracefully descends the stairs wearing a demure, white lace gown. How very...OH WAIT A MINUTE SHE'S TAKEN IT OFF. BAD TAYLOR IS HERE! Knee high black boots, tiny black lace hot-pants-body-suit thing and a dubstep dash. I Knew You Were Trouble. Racey.
2117: BRIT superstar Adele arrives on video to collect her award with "Hello everyone, thank you so much for this BRIT Award, sorry I can't be there, I'm in LA rehearsing for the Oscars," adding "don't worry! I'm not living here alright, I am coming home to see you all!"
WINNER! British Single: Adele - Skyfall
@guardianmusic tweets "Heston Blumenthal and Yahtzee collecting the award for Coldplay"
2109: Their eighth BRIT Award since forming in 1996, just two members of the band arrive to collect the award (no Chris Martin). A long list of thank yous follow. Naughty Chris. WHERE ARE YOU?
WINNER! Best British Live Act: Coldplay
@TheNarryNavy tweets "HOLY SHIZZLES THAT WAS AMAZING! :D #BRITs2013"
@davidphelps1989 tweets "Well that performance was uninspiring #BRITs2013"
2101: IT's 1D TIME. Stood on top of a giant pinball machine One Direction perform their Comic Relief single, a mash up of Blondie's One Way Or Another and The Undertones' Teenage Kicks (rather fitting, eh?)
2100: After winning a breakthrough award last year a now brunette Lana collects her award from Sharon Osborne and Dermot O'Leary with "thank you so much. I live here and I love it here and I wrote my record here and I'm honoured. And thank you so much to my managers and my label Polydor for helping me turn my life into a work of art.
WINNER! International Female Solo Artist: Lana Del Rey
2057: Conor Maynard and Justin Timberlake both take to instagram to show their BRIT preparation...
2051: Winner of the Critic's Choice award Tom Odell is asked by James Cordon what it's like to be the first man to win the coveted prize, "I'm so proud to have an award like Emeli" he answers, before Emeli, last year's winner, replies "Um...well, just have a fun year you know. People asked if it was extra pressure but I just saw it as a great thing."
WINNER! Critic's Choice: Tom Odell
2049: Ben collects his second award from Ed Sheeran, who picked up the same two awards last year. He collects the award with "thank you very much, that's bizarre isn't it, phewwww. I didn't expect, er...I was, er...quite stoked to come to the awards actually, so to come away with two of these things is great."
WINNER! British Male Solo Artist: Ben Howard
2042: Here is. Justin. Waaaa-oooooo. Looking sauve in suit and tie he performs new track Mirrors, eventually ending on stage, backed by horns and gospel tinged backing singers. No dance moves though, boo :(
@lisbeestainton tweets "Dave Grohl looks and sounds a bit like he was going to the pub and accidentally ended up at the Brits. #brits2013"
2032: OH YES Dave Grohl has just told James Cordon he's going home tomorrow to make a new Foo Fighters album WIN.
2031: Oh, lovely Ben Howard! Nervously collecting his award from Nick Grimshaw with "thank you very much! Haha. I'm not very good at speeches, I'm not very good at dancing, but er...thank you very much." He then mentions the most important person of all (awwwww), "to my mum as well, she rang a lot of old friends to vote for this."
WINNER! British Breakthrough Act: Ben Howard
2027: Marcus arrives onstage and very politely says, "Well thanks very much indeed. We weren't really expecting that but I don't think we've ever really taken the opportunity to thank everyone for coming to our gigs 'cos they're the ones..." before adding, "we love being British. We love going round the world and telling people we're British."
WINNER! British Group: Mumford & Sons
2024: Oh Robbie. Will anyone ever perform as well as you? A bright blue suit, a monochrome back drop and his be bopping top popping single Candy. He's not even upstaged by dancing tuba players. COME ON.
2014: Emeli Sandé bounds on stage, hugs Taylor and starts her speech looking a little shocked, "This feels amazing, this is incredible..." A huge list of thank yous follow, starting with her family and husband, who she married in September.
WINNER! British Female Solo Artist: Emeli Sandé
@Maxb444 tweets "Awkward moment when Taylor Swift walks on stage to present an award and the cameraman does a close up of Harry Styles haha #BRITs2013"
2011 Taylor Swift arrives to present the award for British Female Solo Artist, opening with "well, hi London. I'm Taylor. I'm not really from around here. You might have figured that out already, 'cos I don't have a cool accent."
2004: Muse open the show with Supremacy from their sixth and most recent album The 2nd Law. Matt Bellamy soars to operatic heights backed by three tiers of string players draped in black. As usual, the trio prove size of sound is not determined by size of band.
1959: Minutes to go, @DJTrevorNelson is there and has just tweeted this. Woah.
1803: OK. Meet you just before 8pm? Feel free to tweet us in the meantime with any winner predictions / party plans / specially curated puns.
1801: EDIT: Ed Sheeran is NOT running the spa. DAMN. Although there is an official backstage spa this year...
1738: Earlier today we were sent the photos below with some accompanying FACTS: The BRIT production crew began work in The O2 Arena at the start of February. The production takes nearly two weeks to put together. Over 60 lorries were used to bring in the specially required stage and lighting equipment. A staff of over 1000 people make it all happen. Ed Sheeran is running a luxury back stage spa for all nominees.