Brit Awards 2019 / Review


Beginning at 8 PM sharp, the 39th edition of the Brit Awards 2019 took place at the O2 Arena. Opened by Hugh Jackman with a performance of "The Greatest Show" from The Greatest Showman film.

To name a few, Neil Rodgers, H.E.R, Paloma Faith, Khalid, Natalie Dormer, and Roman Kemp announced the winners in the different categories.

Alongside their beautiful performances during the evening, Jorja Smith took home the ‘British Female Solo Artist’ prize as well as George Ezra for ‘British Male Solo Artist’.

The 1975, also with a brilliant performance, were the big winners of the evening by taking the ‘British Album of the Year’ and ‘British Group’; this one presented by ‘Red Boots’ Jared Leto.

Matt Healy led the acceptance speech by quoting their friend Laura Snapes, The Guardian’s deputy music editor and Pitchfork contributor, asking the audience for a reflection:

“Male misogynist acts are examined for nuance and examined as traits of ‘difficult’ artists while women and those who call them out are treated as hysterics who don’t understand art.”

Calvin Harris won ‘British Producer of the Year’ and had a triple performance featuring Rag n’ Bone, Sam Smith and Dua Lipa. Harris and Dua Lipa also took the ‘British Single’ with “One Kiss” after being streamed more than one million times since its release.

After a great year, Tom Walker took on the night as the ‘British Breakthrough Act’ and accepted it in one of the most relaxing and entertaining acceptance speeches of the night; thanking his fans, team and grandad.

The international categories were won by Ariana Grande (‘International Female Solo Artist’), the UK-friendly Drake (‘International Male Solo Artist’), and The Carters (‘International Group’) who placed a portrait of the Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle in their acceptance video.

Little Mix performed “Woman Like Me” with Ms Banks; the original single and music video features Nicki Minaj, which won the ‘British Artist Video of the Year’.

Ed Sheeran won the ‘Global Success Award’ and the Newcastle-based singer Sam Fender with the ‘Critics’ Choice’ award.

The night ended with an elaborated performance by P!nk for the ‘Outstanding Contribution to Music Award’.

Written by Joana Pereira Carvalho & Eethan Bello