London’s 02 Arena was packed with celebrities and fans alike (although the tickets were a hefty price of around $140), for the Brit Awards, 2011. Host, James Corden, was at times a bumbling presenter who seemed to be out of his depth on this occasion, often appearing nervous and his timing left a lot to be desired.
Cee Lo Green was on form when he performed Forget You but let’s not forget the part where he nearly went head first into the audience after he tripped on (and actually ripped) the dress of Paloma Faith. But all in all it was an entertaining evening with no great surprises, other than that one.
Tinie Tempah was nominated for 4 awards and walked away with two and Plan B, who was convinced he would lose to Take That, received the Best British Male Solo Artist award. Can’t wait for his next album, which he hinted would be Reggae style.
A disappointment in the International Breakthrough Act category was Justin Bieber. Why? Because he won. Marketing talent he may have, but musical talent? I think not. A far better choice would have been, in my opinion, The Temper Trap. I haven’t heard many Indie Bands from Australia, but what they do produce is always of immense taste. The Temper Trap has a unique flow and lead vocalist, Dougy Mandagi, is capable of an amazing range of vocals. Although classed as an Indie band, The Temper Trap has a complete originality about them, gaining fans from all over the world and from all walks of life. Bieber? Come on!
There was an emotional performance from Adele, who ended up in tears by the end of her rendition of Someone Like You. When asked what made her so emotional, she said that she was thinking about her ex who was probably watching her on TV – laughing at her. I’m sure Adele can laugh all the way to the bank though, because after her performance her sales shot up 800% and hit number 1 on iTunes with that live performance.
So, another year over and the winners are…