Put Take That’s undeserved win and Rihanna’s awful vocals to one side and the BRIT awards 2011 were pretty impressive.
Unfortunately I don’t work for NME just yet so I had to watch from the comfort of my sofa. Despite that Adele and Mumford & Sons still managed to take my breath away with their spine-tingling performances.
Adele’s recital of Someone Like You was incredible. Her voice was note perfect and erupting with emotion. The moment she began to sing, accompanied by only a piano, the arena fell silent. It seems mad to even try and compare her to other performers, like Rihanna who failed to even hit the first note.
Watch Adele’s performance here.
An equally stunning performance was given by Mumford & Sons who sang Timshel. Huddled to one side of the stage and surrounded by a sea of candle lights the Mumford boys sung beautifully stripped down vocals. Their performance proved that all you really need is talent and simplicity, not over the top props and laser beams.
Watch Timshel here.
Also worthy of mention, Cee Lo Green and Paloma Faith teamed up for an unexpected duet of Forget You. And who could criticise such a lovable pairing.
And the winners?
British Male Solo Artist – Plan B
British Female Solo Artist – Laura Marling
British Breakthrough Act – Tinie Tempah
British Group – Take That
British Single – Tinie Tempah, Pass Out
Mastercard British Album Of The Year – Mumford & Sons, Sigh No More
International Male Solo Artist – Cee Lo Green
International Female Solo Artist – Rihanna
International Breakthrough Act – Justin Bieber
International Group – Arcade Fire
International Album – Arcade Fire, The Suburbs
Critics’ Choice – Jessie J
The most deserving winners, surely were Laura Marling, Jessie J and Mumford & Sons. Each of them not only has talent and originality, but winning an award actually meant something to them. Laura Marling in particular looked simultaneously in the midst of shock and on the brink of tears. Surely such passion and love for music is exactly what The BRITs are really about.