2017 BRIT Awards celebrates late stars

David Bowie
David Bowie

David Bowie. Photo: Wikimedia Commons/Adam Bielawski

Bowie is posthumously awarded two gongs and George Michael is saluted, while Beyoncé, Little Mix and Rag’n’Bone Man also won

Tonight the UK’s music industry paid tribute to the best of British artists with the 2017 BRIT Awards held at the O2 Arena in London. The late David Bowie won two awards as emotional tributes were paid to former Wham! star George Michael, plus the ceremony celebrated success for Little Mix, the 1975 and Emeli Sandé, with performances including Katy Perry, Bruno Mars and Robbie Williams.

Bowie was chosen as this year’s British Solo Artist ahead of Craig David, Kano, Michael Kiwanuka and Skepta, but also won British Album Of The Year for Blackstar, beating The 1975’s I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It, Kano’s Made In The Manor, Michael Kiwanuka’s Love & Hate and Skepta’s Konnichiwa.

Elsewhere, Emeli Sandé was crowned British Female Solo Artist, One Direction’s History won British Artist Video, The 1975 were chosen as British Group, Rag’n’Bone Man was the British Breakthrough Act, and Shout Out To My Ex by Little Mix bagged British Single.

Celebrating the best musicians outside Britain, Drake was selected as International Male Solo Artist, Beyoncé got International Female Solo Artist and A Tribe Called Quest was picked as International Group.

To find out more about the 2017 BRITs, go to: brits.co.uk/winners

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