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Brit Awards 2019: The 1975 take nights top prizes

The 1975

Story by Jack Foley

THE 1975 emerged as the big winners at this year’s Brit Awards (2019), picking up two of the night’s top awards.

The band won the top prize, for British album of the year, for their latest release, A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships, as well as being crowned best British group.

Commenting on the former win, Matty said: “We’re so humbled by this award, thank you everybody.”

He also paid special mention to fellow best British group nominees such as Arctic Monkeys, “for still being such an inspiring and relevant band in 2019”.

“I know how hard that is,” he added.

The album, released last year, includes the hit singles Give Yourself A Try, Sincerity is Scary and TooTimeTooTimeTooTime.

Other winners on the night included George Ezra, who was named British male solo artist, to cap a memorable year, and Jorja Smith, who took home the Brit for British female solo artist.

Tom Walker was named British breakthrough act, while Sam Fender won the Critics’ Choice.

Calvin Harris and Dua Lipa picked up the award for British single, for their collaboration One Kiss, beating off competition from the likes of Anne-Marie (2002), George Ezra (Shotgun) and Dua Lipa herself (for IDGAF).

Of the prizes handed out to international winners, Drake was crowned international male artist, Ariana Grande won the female equivalent and The Carters were named International group.

There were also prizes for Ed Sheeran, who scooped the Brits global success award, Calvin Harris as British producer of the year, and Pink, who said she was delighted to be recognised with an award for outstanding contribution to music.

Speaking of her journey from relative obscurity to success in the UK, Pink said: “It’s been an amazing journey, from busking on the street, to playing [Camden venue] Dingwalls, to playing Wembley Stadium.”

The winners at a glance (winners appear in bold)

British album of the year
The 1975 – A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships
Anne-Marie – Speak Your Mind
Florence + The Machine – High As Hope
George Ezra – Staying At Tamara’s
Jorja Smith – Lost & Found

British female solo artist
Jorja Smith
Florence + The Machine
Jess Glynne
Lily Allen

British male solo artist
George Ezra
Aphex Twin
Craig David
Sam Smith

British group
The 1975
Arctic Monkeys
Little Mix
Years & Years

British breakthrough act
Tom Walker
Ella Mai
Jorja Smith

Critics’ choice
Sam Fender
Lewis Capaldi

British single
Calvin Harris and Dua Lipa – One Kiss
Anne-Marie – 2002
Clean Bandit ft Demi Lovato – Solo
Dua Lipa – IDGAF
George Ezra – Shotgun
Jess Glynne – I’ll Be There
RAMZ – Barking
Rudimental – These Days
Siagla and Paloma Faith – Lullaby
Tom Walker – Leave A Light On

British video
Little Mix ft Nicki Minaj – Woman Like Me
Anne-Marie – 2002
Calvin Harris and Dua Lipa – One Kiss
Clean Bandit ft Demi Lovato – Solo
Dua Lipa – IDGAF
Jax Jones ft Ina Wroldsen – Breathe
Jonas Blue ft Jack & Jack – Rise
Liam Payne and Rita Ora – For You
Rita Ora – Let Me Love You
Rudimental – These Days

International male solo artist
Kamasi Washington
Shawn Mendes
Travis Scott

International female solo artist
Ariana Grande
Camila Cabello
Cardi B
Christine & The Queens
Janelle Monae

International group
The Carters
First Aid Kit
Nile Rodgers & Chic
Twenty One Pilots

Brits global success award
Ed Sheeran

British producer of the year
Calvin Harris

Outstanding contribution to music