GALLERY: Brit Awards 2014

We take a look at the highlights of last nights action at the Brits, including the winners, the performances and all the gossip ...

The night started with a kick-off performance by the Arctic Monkeys, who took the O2 Arena stage to perform "R U Mine? taken from their latest record. The band have become one of the U.K.'s prominent rock bands, following a Glastonbury Festival headline performance last year, and their performance really started things with a bang

Prince and his band 3rdEyeGirl presented a shocked Ellie Goulding the very first award for Best British Female.

Hosting his fifth and final Brits, James Corden gate-crashed Prince on the stage to get a special selfie with the music legend.

Why miss the opportunity?

Katy Perry performed her new single Dark Horse. The singer wowed the crowd in a neon Egyptian-themed outfit and set.

Bruno Mars scooped the award for international male solo artist. The SuperBowl star celebrated by taking the stage with his backup dancers to perform a perfectly in-sync version of "Treasure" 

“Lets go have some fun at The Brits Tonight Hooligans!! #London #MarsHasLanded #JeremyKyle #What?” Bruno tweeted during the evening. 

Critics Choice this year went to Sam Smith, who's tipped to take 2014 by storm. You may know him from the Naughty Boy track La La La or his recent track Money on my Mind.

One Direction suffered a toilet mishap when Harry Styles was still visiting the loo while the rest of his group was collecting the band's global success award.

When they took the stage as a four-piece, Liam asked: "Has anyone seen the curly haired lad? I don't know where you are Harry."

Styles then came hurtling up a runway to the stage and told the audience: "I'm really sorry I was having a wee. Toilets are ages away. What did we win?

"A massive thank you to all our fans," he added.

Corden then poked up at the star's lothario reputation, adding: Having a wee? He couldn't even wait 'til the end of the show."

Watch the video with Liam Payne at the aftershow bash here.

Queen Bey looked stunning when she took to the stage to perform XO, which she dedicated to her fans.  It was a whole decade since we have seen Beyoncé, who's in Birmingham this weekend, at the BRITs stage and she was, predictably, amazing. 

David Bowie beat a number of younger nominees in the British male solo artist category, to become the oldest recipient of the award. Disappointing as he wasn't there to collect his award but he sent Kate Moss up in one of his Ziggy Stardust outfits known as the ‘rabbit costume’. 

The first collaboration of the night was Disclosure, Lorde and AlunaGeorge for a mash-up of Royal and the electronic duo's single, White Noise. It was epic. Afterward  17 year old, Lorde from New Zealand picked up her first ever award for International Female Solo artist, beating the likes of P!nk and Lady Gaga. Radio 1’s Nick Grimshaw presented the award and reminisced with Corden recreating the kiss from last year.

Ellie Goulding’s performance went from a stripped back version of Need Your Love to a high energy drum banging, fire filled rendition of her number one hit, Burn.

The best collaboration of the night had to be Bastille and Rudimental with Ella Eyre. The mix of Pompeii and Waiting All Night was great and surely what the BRITs is all about.

The last award was given to Arctic Monkeys for best British album but the band ruined the moment with a cryptic and overly long acceptance speech.

The night ended with Pharrell performing with guitar legend Nile Rodgers who had collected Daft Punk’s International Group award earlier in the night. The medley included ‘that hat’ on stage performing Lucky, Good Times, and Happy leaving everyone on a high, although Pharrell’s outfit was a little OTT.

Who won what:

British Female Solo Artist – Ellie Goulding

International Male Solo Artist – Bruno Mars

British Breakthrough Act – Bastille

Best British Group – Arctic Monkeys

Critics Choice – Sam Smith

Global Success Award – One Direction

British Single – Rudimental Ft Ella Eyre, Waiting All Night

International Group – Daft Punk

British Male Solo Artist – David Bowie

International Female Solo Artist – Lorde

British Video – One Direction

British Album – Arctic Monkeys, AM 


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