Brit Awards 2023: Everything that happened at music's biggest party

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12 Feb 2023, 09:19

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Harry Styles was the evening's big winner.

The 43rd Brit Awards took place at the O2 Arena in London last night.

Comedian Mo Gilligan hosted the show for the second year in a row, opening with a skit in which he arrived via a helicopter organised by Lizzo.

The big winner was Harry Styles - who opened the show with his hit 'As It Was'. The singer won all four awards he was nominated for, including best album, artist and pop/R&B act.

"I'm aware of my privilege up here tonight," he said, naming the women who missed out on artist of the year, including Mabel, Florence Welch, Rina Sawayama, Charli XCX, and Becky Hill.

In 2022, the Brit Awards merged its top artist prizes to include male, female and nonbinary acts. This year, the event had faced backlash for not nominating any women.

And here's Sam Smith, who undoubtedly caused the biggest stir on the red carpet:

Styles also thanked his Mum for "signing me up for X Factor without telling me", along with his fellow One Direction members Louis Tomlinson, Niall Horan, Liam Payne and Zayne Malik. 

There were female winners in other categories however, as Beyonce won international awards for best artist and song of the year, while Wet Leg won best group and new artist.

"This is so scary because being on the telly can be such a boys' club thing" said Wet Leg's singer, Rhian Teasdale. She also referenced Alex Turner's Arctic Monkeys infamous Brits acceptance speech from 2014, saying: "That rock and roll - it just won't go away. It might hibernate from time to time and sink back into the swamp." 

FLO won the rising star award, with their prize being announced before the show.

There were no great hiccups at the event, although Mo Gilligan wrongly introduced Lewis Capaldi as "Sam Capaldi", before his performance of his song, 'Forget Me'. 

Gilligan joked, "I have to apologise, it just goes to show how strong the drinks are." 

Other performers this year included Cat Burns, Lizzo, Stormzy, Sam Smith, Ella Henderson and Becky Hill.

Rapper Aitch won best hip-hop/rap/grime artist, and said: "Not to get all cliched, but not many people where I'm from, especially my side of Manchester, get the opportunity to stand up here and receive such an amazing gift or award."

He added that he performs "to set examples and to make people know it's possible no matter where you're from", adding "Respect. 0161 in the building!" a reference to Manchester's dialling code.

Becky Hill won best dance act for the second year in a row, while The 1975 took home the award for best alternative rock act - their fourth Brit Award.

Lead singer Matty Healy said, "This is one that has been voted for by the fans so that means a lot."

Best international group went to Irish rockers Fontaines DC, whose guitarist Carlos O'Connell said, "My heart is full... I'm happy to be [here] to celebrate that."

And what a celebration the evening was. Same time next year?