The night started with Arctic Monkeys opening the show, singing their track ‘R U Mine’ with flaming letters spelling out their latest album title it was an exciting performance and great start to the evening before the stage being graced by host and comedian James Corden.

Corden’s final BRITs was provided with his usual banter with the artists (particularly Harry Styles and Kylie), selfies with Prince and even a mini make-out session with radio 1 DJ Nick Grimshaw. BUT NONE OF THIS WAS ACTUALLY FUNNY.

The first award of the night went to Ellie Goulding who won the British Female Solo Artist award. She was presented her award by trio 3rd Eye Girl and music legend Prince. Following that Katy Perry graced the stage performing her new single ‘Dark Horse’.

The next one went to Bruno Mars who picked up the International Male Solo Artist Award, dancing his way up to the stage to collect it.

Next up was Fearne Cotton and Tinie Tempah awarding Bastille their British Breakthrough Act prize.

Afterwards, Best British Group was picked up by Arctic Monkey’s, winning the award for the third time.

One Direction were next up to win the Global Success Award for the second year running. Harry Styles – who was in the toilet – which became a running (but unfunny) joke for Corden throughout the rest of the show, sprinted back during the acceptance speech to join his band mates on stage to accept their award.

Superstar Beyonce who – in here first performance at The BRITs for 10 years – was next up to perform her single ‘XO’ for the first time on television.

Rudimental were the next winners for British Single of the Year with their song ‘Waiting All Night’. Sam Smith was also acknowledged as Critic’s Choice Award following in the footsteps of stars such as Adele, Jessie J and Emeli Sande.

Lorde and Disclosure combined for performances of ‘Royals’ and ‘White Noise’ with Aluna Franics from AlunaGeorge joining them for her song with the band. International Group was won by Daft Punk who had Nile Rodgers collecting their award.

David Bowie won British Male Solo Artist and sent supermodel Kate Moss up to collect his award. Nick Grimshaw presented International Solo Artist to Lorde, not before having his second make out with Corden.

The Twitter users voted throughout the night for British Video of the Year, which unsurprisingly went to One Direction with their crazed fans taking over Twitter to win it for their heroes.

Bastille and Rudimental then teamed up for a mix of singles ‘Pompeii’ and ‘Waiting All Night’ which was incredibly strange with lead singer Dan from Bastille looking a little lost and confused when the energy of Rudimental and Ella Eyre stormed the stage.

Finally the last award of the night Mastercard British Album of the Year went to the Arctic Monkeys. Alex Turner’s debatebly arrogant acceptance speech is set to be the talk of the show until the next year.

To finish off the night Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers took to the stage to perform a mash up of ‘Get Lucky’, ‘Good Times’ and ‘Happy’ was was enough to get everyone in attendence to get off their feet and pretend that they’ve actually had a good time.

Laura Tompkins

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