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Brit Awards 2017: David Bowie wins two posthumous awards, The 1975 crowned best band

Black Star, David Bowie

Story by Jack Foley

DAVID Bowie claimed two of the biggest prizes at the 2017 Brit Awards – British album of the year for Blackstar and British male solo artist.

The posthumous awards proved a popular choice among fans, and prompted an emotional tribute from his son, the film director Duncan Jones, who collected the album prize on his late father’s behalf.

Jones told the audience: “I lost my dad last year but I also became a dad and spent a lot of time trying to get over the shock and wanted to know what my son would want to know about his granddad.

“He was always supporting people who were a little bit weird, a bit strange and was always there for them. This for all the kooks and the people who make the kooks. Thank you.”

The award for best British male solo artist, meanwhile, was accepted by Dexter actor Michael C Hall – who starred in the Bowie-soundtracked musical Lazarus.

He joked, with a straight face: “If David Bowie could be here tonight, he probably wouldn’t be here tonight.”

He continued: “I’m honoured to stand here before you and acknowledge the potency of his work and acknowledge his kindness and generosity and enthusiasm which inspires me to be better man.”

Other big winners at the annual ceremony in London were The 1975, who were crowned best British band, and Beyoncé, who took home best international female. Both winners were hotly tipped going into the ceremony.

And there were further awards for Emeli Sande, who triumphed in the best female category; Little Mix, who won best British single for their track Shout Out To My Ex; Drake, who beat the late Leonard Cohen, Bruno Mars and Bon Iver to best international male solo artist; and One Direction, who claimed British artist video of the year.

One big surprise of the night, however, came when Rag ‘N’ Bone man took the award for Best British Breakthrough ahead of grime artist Skepta. The bluesman was the first ever winner of the Brits Critics’ Choice to be nominated in another category just a week after he scored the biggest-selling debut album by a male artist in more than a decade, outperforming the likes of Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith.

Of the live performances, highlights included the tribute to the late George Michael, which saw former Wham! band-mates Andrew Ridgeley, Pepsie and Shirlie join up on stage.

Ridgeley called him a “beloved friend”, before adding that Michael’s passing had felt as though “a supernova in a firmament of shining stars felt extinguished and it felt the sky had fallen in”.

“We were the best of friends,” he added.

Coldplay’s Chris Martin then took to the stage to duet with a recording of the late singer on the Wham! track A Different Corner.

Martin returned to the stage a little later in the ceremony to sing with US DJ duo The Chainsmokers – to a decidedly more mixed social media response.

But artist of the moment Ed Sheeran won widespread acclaim for giving people a taste of the mega-smashes Castle On The Hill and Shape Of You before bringing Stormzy out for an all-new verse

The ceremony concluded with Robbie Williams being crowned Brits Global Icon, which then prompted a live medley of his hits that ended on latest single I Love My Life.

The winners and nominees are (all winners appear in bold…

British male solo artist
David Bowie
Craig David
Michael Kiwanuka

British female solo artist
Emeli Sande
Ellie Goulding
Lianne La Havas

British group
The 1975
Biffy Clyro
Little Mix

British breakthrough act
Rag ‘N’ Bone Man

Critics’ choice
Rag ‘N’ Bone Man
Dua Lipa

British single
Little Mix – Shout Out To My Ex*
James Arthur – Say You Won’t Let Go
Clean Bandit – Rockabye
Coldplay – Hymn For The Weekend
Jonas Blue ft Dakota – Fast Car
Calvin Harris ft Rihanna – This Is What You Came For
Callum Scott – Dancing On My Own
Tinie Tempah ft Zara Larsson – Girls Like
Alan Walker – Faded
Zayn – Pillowtalk

British album of the year
David Bowie – Blackstar
The 1975 – I Like It When You Sleep…
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Michael Kiwanuka – Love and Hate
Skepta – Konnichiwa

Global Success

Icon Award
Robbie Williams

British artist video of the year
One Direction – History
Adele – Send My Love (To Your New Lover)
James Arthur – Say You Won’t Let Go
Clean Bandit – Rockabye
Jonas Blue ft Dakota – Fast Car
Coldplay – Hymn For The Weekend
Calvin Harris ft Rihanna – This Is What You Came For
Little Mix – Hair
Tinie Tempah ft Zara Larsson – Girls Like
Zayn – Pillowtalk

International male solo artist
Bon Iver
Leonard Cohen
Bruno Mars
The Weeknd

International female solo artist
Christine and the Queens

International group
A Tribe Called Quest
Drake and Future
Kings of Leon
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
Twenty-One Pilots