BRITs 2019 kick off in typically-extravagant style

BRITs 2019: Hugh Jackman opens the evening with SPECTACULAR The Greatest Showman routine… as host Jack Whitehall jokes Simon Cowell’s surgeon ‘will need to put a brave face on him if Little Mix win’

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The BRIT Awards 2019 kicked off in typically-extravagant style on Wednesday night as Hollywood star Hugh Jackman took to the stage, clad in a silver tux, to perform a rousing number from 2018 smash movie The Greatest Showman.

After performing an energetic routine with circus performers in top hats and tails, fire-breathers and a pyramid of backing dancers, BRITs 2019 host Jack Whitehall lauded ‘Australia’s answer to Bradley Walsh’ for his opening number.

He followed this with a typical tongue-in-cheek opening speech, noting that Little Mix would be performing later in the evening – and hopefully collecting an award or two.

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    Off with a bang! The BRIT Awards 2019 kicked off in typically-extravagant style on Wednesday night as Hollywood star Hugh Jackman took to the stage


    Host Jack Whitehall notrf that Little Mix would be performing later in the evening – and hopefully collecting an award or two

    ‘They left their record label last year,’ he remarked, of the British girl group’s 2018 split from SyCo.

    ‘So Simon Cowell will be asking his surgeon to put a brave face on him if Little Mix win big tonight!’ Jack quipped.

    The hottest stars in music headed to London’s 02 arena in North Greenwich for the evening’s festivities, with the first two categories celebrating the best British Female Solo and best British Male Solo Artists.

    Knocking back the likes of Anne-Marie, Florence + The Machine, Jess Glynne and Lily Allen, Jorja Smith scooped the gong, claiming it was ‘for all the little girls out there’ as she accepted the award from Nile Rodgers and HER.


    Silver stud: Clad in a silver tux, Hugh performed a rousing number from 2018 smash movie The Greatest Showman




    High impact: Hugh performed an energetic routine with circus performers in top hats and tails, fire-breathers and a pyramid of backing dancers


    Crooner: BRITs 2019 host Jack Whitehall lauded ‘Australia’s answer to Bradley Walsh’ for his opening number




    Kicking things off: Nile Rodgers and HER and Paloma Faith and Daniel Sturridge presented the best British Female Solo and best British Male Solo Artist gongs, respectively

    Aphex Twin, Craig David, Sam Smith and Giggs were beaten by George Ezra who then took to the stage to perform hit Shot Gun.

    Host Jack was running the show for the second year in a row with P!nk being honoured for her career with the Outstanding Contribution To Music prize at the end of the evening.

    The 1975 took home the Best British Group gong, pipping Arctic Monkeys, Gorillaz, Little Mix and Years & Years to the post.




    Winners: Knocking back the likes of Anne-Marie, Florence + The Machine, Jess Glynne and Lily Allen, Jorja Smith scooped the best Female Solo gong, while Aphex Twin, Craig David, Sam Smith and Giggs were beaten by George Ezra who then took to the stage to perform hit Shot Gun

    Matty Healy, the band’s frontman, accepted the award from actresses Vicky McClure and Natalie Dormer by simply reading out a quote from journalist Laura Snapes: ‘Male misogynist acts are examined for nuance and defended as traits of “difficult” artists. Women and those who call them out are treated as hysterics who don’t understand art.’

    This was diffused somewhat by Jack chatting to British band Bros, who were rinsed over Christmas for their cringe-worthy documentary After The Screaming Stops.

    2019 BRIT Awards: NOMINATIONS

    British Album of the Year 

    Jorja Smith – Lost & Found 

    The 1975 – A Brief Inquiry into Online 

    Relationships Florence and the Machine – High as Hope

    Anne Marie – Speak Your Mind 

    George Ezra – Staying at Tamara’s 


    Proud moment: Anne-Marie is nominated in four categories, including album of the year

    British Female Solo Artist  

    Anne-Marie

    Florence + The Machine

    Jess Glynne

    Winner: Jorja Smith

    Lily Allen

    British Male Solo Artist 

    Aphex Twin

    Craig David

    Winner: George Ezra

    Giggs

    Sam Smith

    British Group

    Winner: The 1975

    Arctic Monkeys

    Gorillaz

    Little Mix

    Years & Years


    Nods: Little Mix are up against Artic Monkeys and Gorillaz for British group 

    British Breakthrough Act

    Ella Mai

    Idles

    Jorja Smith

    Mabel

    Winner: Tom Walker

    Critics’ Choice

    Winner: Sam Fender

    Lewis Capaldi

    Mahalia

     


    Honoured: Dua Lipa is nominated for British Single for IDGAF and One Kiss with Calvin Harris

    British Single 

    Anne-Marie – 2002

    Calvin Harris and Dua Lipa – One Kiss

    Clean Bandit ft Demi Lovato – Solo

    Dua Lipa – IDGAF

    George Ezra – Shotgun

    Jess Glynne – I’ll Be There

    RAMZ – Barking

    Rudimental – These Days

    Siagla and Paloma Faith – Lullaby

    Tom Walker – Leave A Light On


    Competition: Rita has two nominations in the British video category  

    British Video 

    Anne-Marie – 2002

    Calvin Harris and Dua Lipa – One Kiss

    Clean Bandit ft Demi Lovato – Solo

    Dua Lipa – IDGAF

    Jax Jones ft Ina Wroldsen – Breathe

    Jonas Blue ft Jack & Jack – Rise

    Liam Payne and Rita Ora – For You

    Little Mix ft Nicki Minaj – Woman Like Me

    Rita Ora – Let Me Love You

    Rudimental – These Days

    International Male Solo Artist  

    Winner: Drake

    Eminem

    Kamasi Washington

    Shawn Mendes

    Travis Scott

    International Female Solo Artist 

    Winner: Ariana Grande

    Camila Cabello

    Cardi B

    Christine & The Queens

    Janelle Monae

    International Group 

    Brockhampton

    Winner: The Carters

    First Aid Kit

    Nile Rodgers & Chic

    Twenty One Pilots

     

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