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February 17th, 2010
This year’s Brit Awards showed once more that Europeans know solid music, and know how to have a great time…and swear. Man, they swear a lot.
The 2010 Brit Awards were hosted by the great Peter Kay! You know, Peter Kay…yeah, I had to Wikipedia him too. The comedian did a good job with his hosting duties and definitely didn’t pull any punches, including calling Liam Gallagher a ‘knob-head.’ I love the British. :)
Make sure you check out the show in its entirety when MuchMusic airs the 2010 Brit Awards starting March 5. Check out some of the show’s highlights after the jump!
* The Spice Girls received an award for the best performance of the last 30 years at the Brits. How cool is that?! The award is for their 1997 performance of Who Do You Think You Are, where the ladies were on stage with no backup dancers, no special effects, and all the energy and excitement that made them international superstars. Girl power!
* Florence + The Machine played You’ve Got the Love with Dizzee Rascal. I fell in love with this song when it was played at the end of the last episode of the Sex and the City series, and Dizzee and Florence showed why this is such a great song with an uplifting and energizing performance.
* Lily Allen enlisted the help of dancing nannies, pink camo’d parachuters and men with umbrella’s for her song, The Fear. After arriving on a glittering purple rocket, Allen, notorious for being drunk on stage, did an amazing job of putting on an Award show-worthy performance. Also, that song is killer.
* Lady Gaga, as usual, did the unusual and completely reinvented her songs. The performance started with Gaga giving a very Adele/New Buffalo-esque rendition of Telephone and then went into an electronic-inspired take on Bad Romance. Gaga dedicated the performance to the recently deceased designer, Alexander McQueen.
* Jay Z and Alicia Keys performed Empire State of Mind. Jay sounded like he was winded for the whole song, but the impeccable Miss Keys proved why she made it in New York.
* Oasis’ 1995 album What’s The Story Morning Glory was named the Best Album from the last thirty years of Brit Awards. The always eloquent and coherent (not!) Liam Gallagher accepted the award for the band, gave a five second acceptance speech and then threw the award and the microphone into the crowd. I’ll give him props for thanking the fans, especially since the band usually cancels their gigs or walk off stage after the first song. Maybe the person that caught the mic could go on stage and decipher what Gallagher said for the other three seconds of the speech.
* The show closed with my future husband, the amazing Robbie Williams, accepting his Outstanding Contribution Award for winning more Brit Awards than any other artist. Robbie performed a ten minute medley that included Bodies, Let Me Entertain You, Love Supreme, Come Undone, No Regrets, and of course, Angels. If you are undecided about whether to watch the Brits this year, you have to, have to, have to watch them, if for this performance only. The man is an Entertainer with a capital E. I really think I was born on the wrong continent.
Check out more behind the scenes pics below, and don’t forget to watch the Brits on MuchMusic, starting March 5! Cheers!
Bat For Lashes
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