On Wednesday, Late music legend David Bowie was the big winner at the BRITs in London, winning British male solo artist and album of the year prizes at the UK’s top music awards ceremony.
Bowie released his last album titled “Blackstar” days before his death from cancer at age of 69 in January 2016. He was a pop chameleon who gained masses of fans with his ground-breaking music.
Bowie beat off competition at the British Record Industry Trust (BRIT) awards, winning over the likes of grime artist Skepta, rapper Kano and singer Michael Kiwanuka in both the “British male solo artist” and “Mastercard British album of the year” categories.
Bowie’s son, Duncan Jones, said as he collected the album award that his father has always been there supporting people who think they’re a little bit weird or a little bit strange, a little bit different, and that he’s always been there for them. “This award is for all the kooks and all the people who make the kooks,” he added.
The BRIT Awards
The BRITs are the mainstream British music industry’s top awards ceremony, it was held in London’s O2 arena, and featured performances by Katy Perry, Robbie Williams, Bruno Mars and Ed Sheeran.
Katy Perry performed her single “Chained to the Rhythm”, next to her were dancers wearing models of white houses, she was joined by two giant skeletons appeared to be dressed in outfits similar to what U.S. President Donald Trump and British Prime Minister Theresa May wore when the two recently met in Washington as per the British media and viewers who took to social media.
Singer George Michael, who died in December, was honored with a tribute of his song “A Different Corner,” performed by Coldplay frontman Chris Martin with clips of the late singer appeared on stage, speaking as well as singing the same song.
Girl band Little Mix won the “British single” prize for the song “Shout Out to My Ex.” Singer Emeli Sande won “British female solo artist” prize, while The 1975 won the “British Group”.
Adele won the “BRITS global success award” for international sales of her album “25” as it was a chart-topper and won big at last year’s BRITs and the Grammys,
Singer-songwriter Rag’n’Bone Man, was already announced as the “Critics Choice” pick for this year’s awards, also took “British Breakthrough Act.”
The ceremony mainly honors British music and artists, but it also includes categories for international artists. Drake won male international solo artist, Beyonce won best female solo artists and A Tribe Called Quest won international group.
Last year the BRITs was criticized for not representing non-white artists. In November, organizers said they invited more than 700 potential new voters to join the Voting Academy in order to “achieve greater gender balance as well as increased black, Asian and minority ethnic representation.”