Written by Rahoul Naik
Last night was The BRITs time to shine on national TV in 2017 and it was a very hit and miss kind of event, especially if you were following Twitter.
After last year’s #BRITsSoWhite, the committee were determined to make 2017 the year of diversity in race, religion and music. Did they deliver? It’s perhaps up to personal opinion but with performances from Skepta and Stormzy as well as nominations for both alongside Kano; some may say that the committee were more inclusive.
We’ll run down the night’s biggest winners (and losers):
British Breakthrough Artist – Rag’n’Bone Man
This one is not much of a surprise, although it was a category that was populated with the likes of Skepta and Stormzy, Rory Graham’s blues infused pop sound is one that is gong to land him on top with the likes of Ed Sheehan and Adele as this country’s biggest exports and after winning the Critics’ Award, it was almost a guarantee.
Biggest Loser: Stormzy. Although the south London MC is yet to release his debut album, 2016 was most definitely the year of Stormzy and especially after the 2017 he is already having, he had a Spotify advert played throughout the ceremony.
Best British Male Solo Artist – David Bowie
Although many would have like to see the likes of Kano seriously contest this category, an almost posthumous album from one of British music’s greats was always going to win without much discussion amongst the panel. We aren’t really surprised although we did think that in any other year, Kano would have won, that’s something right?
Biggest Loser: Every other nominee. This category was full of black talent and again, in any other year, anyone could have won but perhaps Bowie’s death and legacy carried him through this year.
British Album Of The Year – David Bowie, Blackstar
There isn’t much left to say here. Perhaps another category that Kano could have most definitely won and perhaps dominated but Bowie’s posthumous legacy is one that clearly transcended any judgement on the panel
Biggest Loser – Kano
British Group – The 1975
Perhaps one of the most hotly contested categories of the night, The 1975 were able to come on top and they showed why during their performance on the night which transmitted negative messages on all of our TV sets, a stunt that left viewers confused and concerned that ITV had been hacked!
Biggest Loser: Little Mix
Best Female Solo Artist – Emeli Sandé
Perhaps one of the more inspiring winners of the night, Emeli Sandé finally has the recognition she deserves for her work in the industry. The singer looked flawless as ever on the stage and stands as a real hope for singers around the UK, even though she’s been dropped by her label!
Biggest Loser: Anohni
British Single – Little Mix, Shout Out To My Ex
Finally! The girl group get some recognition. The girls have been at the top of their game for a really long time and are soon to become perhaps one of the best girl groups to ever have graced our charts. Currently on tour with Arianna Grande, we hope to see and hear more from them after this award.
Biggest Loser: Who cares?
BRIT Icon – Robbie Williams
Before we all descend into a ‘why him’ attitude, it is fair to give Williams props for his contribution to music, especially in the UK and also his continuous and hard-working ethic which has him producing music to this day. Perhaps an apt end to a rather entertaining show and one we will remember for some time.
Other awards went to Beyoncé, Drake and A Tribe Called Quest. Funny enough, it seems US black artists seem to be able to find such recognition over here much easier than our own. This may spark somewhat of a debate for the coming year but we’re sure that once #GSAP drops tomorrow, we’ll have a whole new project to consider and analyse.
Check out the epic performance by Ed Sheehan and Stormzy below.
Credit: Ed Sheeran