Just a quick post on the events which took place last night at the O2 Arena in London. Firstly you have to say that our music scene again seems to be conquering the world. Especially with Adele (Best British Female Solo Artist and Best Album of 2011 – ‘21‘) and Coldplay (Best Group) who started the proceedings. I was pleased to see Ed Sheeran win a couple of awards too (Best British Male Solo Artist and British breakthrough Act). An artist brought to my attention by my 14-year-old daughter.
All in all there were no real surprises in any categories with Rihanna (Best International Female Solo Artist), Foo Fighters (International Group), Lana Del Rey (Best International Breakthrough Act) and the always smiling Bruno Mars (International Male Solo Artist) picking up a Brit each. People wondered why One Direction won Best Single with ‘What Makes You Beautiful’, easy as it was a public vote. It was good to see that Ethan Johns won Best British Producer and the Critics Choice went to Emeli Sande, who’s latest album is rather cool. The special award this year went to Britpop’s Blur (Outstanding Contribution To Music).
As for the live performances everyone seemed to play it safe tonight which probably helped in guaranteeing in keeping the TV audience glued to their screens. Notably I was impressed with Florence And The Machine and of course Blur’s finale! On a lighter note I have to concur with Alison Moyet who likened the 2012 Brit Award to the Matey Bath bottle from a few years back. As nice as James Corden is it would have been better for a respected musician to compere this event. But you must remember this spectacle was a package simply designed to be no more than just Music For The Masses!