The Brit Awards honoured the late David Bowie with Best Male Solo Artist and Best Album. Thirteen months after his death at the age of 69, Bowie is still receiving recognition for a lifetime of music that has been reported to have changed a generation and the Brits have reminded us how influential his music remains.
Other nominations for Best Male Solo included Craig David, Skepta, Kano and Michael Kiwanuka but Bowie swooped in and stole the show making it his third overall win for this category and breaking history for the first posthumous Male Solo Award in Brit Awards history. Actor Michael C Hall who starred in the singer’s Lazarus Musical accepted the award for Best Male Solo Artist on behalf of Bowie. He also won album of the year for Blackstar which was released two days before his death in January 2016 after a battle with cancer.
Bowie’s son director Duncan Jones collected the award on behalf of his father after recently being a father himself, the last fifty years have seen Bowie in a variety of extravagant lights and Duncan was honoured to accept the award in recognition of his dad. Bowie was a huge supporter and believer in all things different and his son stated: `He’s always been there for them (fans). So, this is for all the kooks and the people who make the kooks. `
The prize for best British Female Solo Artist went to Emeli Sande while The 1975 swooped in to claim best British group. Little Mix opened the ceremony with their chart topping: Shout out to my ex, who they literally shouted out too when they bagged their first Brit Award. British Breakthrough went to Rag N Bone Man whose debut album Human went straight to the top of the charts. Adele bagged Global success while Robbie Williams returned to our screens to win the Brits Icon Award. Katy Perry aimed to bring a sense of humour to the night while delivering her new single Chained to The Rhythm by introducing two skeleton puppets dressed and Theresa May and Donald Trump.
There was a respectful pause during the celebrations to remember some of the other legendary musicians who sadly died in 2016, including Prince, George Michael and Leonard Cohen. The Brit Awards was one of excitement as it always promises to be but as always there is some controversy over the results.