One of the most exciting and prominent nights of the music industry calendar took place at London’s 02 Arena last night; The Brit Awards 2014.

Hosted by comic actor, James Corden (his fifth consecutive year), the glitzy bash pulled in some of the biggest and best names in music, both British and International. With the nominations unveiled earlier this year, speculation has been mounting and predictions cast over who would walk away with an award . . .

Bastille won Best British Breakthrough Act and deservedly so; the band have enjoyed success both here at home in the UK and further afield, particularly in America, largely thanks to debut album, “Bad Blood” and hit single, “Pompeii”. London Grammar were their only real competitors in the category, but clearly not competition enough.

Best British Female Solo was clinched by pop siren, Ellie Goulding; 12 months of a hit album, a Calvin Harris collaboration and an X-Rated “X Factor” performance late last year helped Goulding steal this accolade from under the noses of Jessie J, Laura Marling and Laura Mvula. The singer said she was “genuinely shocked” to win.

The deserved but surprising winner of Best British Male Solo was David Bowie! The Thin White Duke had supermodel, Kate Moss pick up his prize, presented by former Oasis founder and guitarist, Noel Gallagher and deliver his acceptance speech. Bowie beat Jake Bugg, James Blake, John Newman and Tom Odell in this category,  while still managing to get his tuppence worth in over the forthcoming Independence referendum urging Scotland to “stay with us”.

Unsurprisingly, Arctic Monkeys picked up both Best British Group and Best British Album for recent offering, “AM”. Combined, they beat off competition from Bastille, Disclosure, One Direction, Rudimental and David Bowie.

As with every year, the nominees for Best British Single was a mixed bag of the good, the bad and the ridiculous, but it was Rudimental’s “Waiting All Night” that prevailed; both Ellie Goulding’s collaboration with Calvin Harris, “I Need Your Love” and “Burn” were nominated, alongside Bastille’s “Pompeii” and One Direction’s laughable take of both Blondie and The Undertones with “One Way Or Another”.

The international categories caused a surprise or two; despite highly publicised and hyped comeback last year, both Justin Timberlake and Eminem lost out on Best International Male to Stevie Wonder/Michael Jackson hybrid, Bruno Mars while Daft Punk trounced Haim, Kings Of Leon, Arcade Fire and Macklemore and Ryan Lewis for Best International Group, solely on the back of summer smash, “Get Lucky”. New Zealander, Lorde walked away with Best International Female, ahead of female pop heavyweights, Katy Perry, Lady GaGa, Pink and Janelle Monae.

The award-giving was broken up with a healthy sprinkling of live performances, including stints from Katy Perry, Arctic Monkeys and Bruno Mars. However, it was the last-minute addition  of a live slot from Beyonce that stirred excitement; the singer performed her single, “XO” for the very first time in public, just ahead of the beginning of the UK leg of her “Mrs Carter World Tour” tonight at Glasgow’s SSE Hydro.

Till next year . . .

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