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Brit Awards 2020: Dave and Lewis Capaldi take top prizes

Dave, Psychodrama

Story by Jack Foley

LONDON rapper Dave and Lewis Capaldi emerged as the big winners at the 2020 Brit Awards, taking three of the night’s top prizes between them.

Dave claimed the night’s top prize, best album, for his provocative, personal album Psychodrama, which also won last year’s Mercury Prize.

While Capaldi claimed two prizes: best new artist and best single, for his breakout hit Someone You Loved.

Both winners had plenty to say on a night that didn’t shy away from covering hot button issues.

Dave, for instance, delivered a volatile performance of his single Black moments before landing the top album prize, during which he called out the government response to Grenfell. In a newly written verse, he said: “The truth is our prime minister is a real racist.”

His comments came two years after Stormzy – who also delivered a livewire performance – demanded: “Where’s the money for Grenfell?” on the Brits stage. Dave updated the lyric, stating: “Grenfell victims still need accommodation.”

He also attacked tabloid coverage of the Duchess of Sussex, and made a reference to London Bridge terror attack victim Jack Merritt.

His performance brought a standing ovation and wild cheers as many sought to get behind the singer’s sentiments.

At just 21, Dave is now only the second act to win best album at the Brits and the Mercury Prize for the same record. The first was the Arctic Monkeys for their debut, Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not.

Also keen to address his own personal issues, Capaldi sought to end speculation surrounding the target of his award-winning song. In his acceptance speech, the singer said: “Contrary to popular belief, [a lot of] people think this song is about my ex-girlfriend, who you can now see every night on Love Island. But it’s actually about my grandmother, who sadly passed away a few years ago. I hope to God ITV don’t contact her to be on a reality TV show.”

In more of the night’s top awards, Mabel won best female artist, and was congratulated by her mother, Neneh Cherry, who took home two Brits exactly 30 years ago.

And best male artist went to Stormzy, who – as previously mentioned – staged a medley of songs from his second album, Heavy Is The Head, while being accompanied on stage by more than 100 performers, a gospel choir and Nigerian artist Burna Boy, plus some rain.

In another of the night’s top live performances, Billie Eilish delivered a live debut of her James Bond theme, No Time To Die, backed by a 22-piece orchestra and Smiths legend Johnny Marr on guitar.

Eilish also won best international female artist, while Tyler, The Creator took home best male.

Foals were crowned best British group.

The full list of winners (and nominees, winners appear in bold)

Best album
Stormzy – Heavy Is The Head
Michael Kiwanuka – Kiwanuka
Lewis Capaldi – Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent
Dave – Psychodrama
Harry Styles – Fine Line

Best British female
Freya Ridings
FKA Twigs
Charli XCX

Best British male
Harry Styles
Lewis Capaldi
Michael Kiwanuka

Best British group
Bring Me The Horizon
D-Block Europe

Best new artist
Lewis Capaldi
Sam Fender

Best Song
Ed Sheeran & Justin Bieber – I Don’t Care
Mabel – Don’t Call Me Up
Calvin Harris ft Rag ‘N’ Bone Man – Giant
Dave ft Burna Boy – Location
Mark Ronson ft Miley Cyrus – Nothing Breaks Like A Heart
AJ Tracey – Ladbroke Grove
Lewis Capaldi – Someone You Loved
Tom Walker – Just You And I
Sam Smith ft Normani – Dancing With A Stranger
Stormzy – Vossi Bop

International Female
Ariana Grande
Billie Eilish
Camila Cabello
Lana Del Rey

International male
Bruce Springsteen
Burna Boy
Tyler, The Creator
Dermot Kennedy
Post Malone

Rising star award
Joy Crookes