A BRIT Award recap

by Remeka Washington-Wint

Image taken from O2 website

The 2020 BRITs were last week, and boy were they boring. The show opened with Jack Whitehall doing his annual skit, this time accompanied by Lizzo who later performed. It was cute but really set the tone for the whole night which was quite slow classically British, meaning no real flair or personality.

The first performance was from Mabel and it wasn’t half bad. She gave the girls something to work with in terms of costume and choreography. Once again, I would some it up as cute and pop. She looked like a cotton candy dream in her light pink outfit. She also won the award for best female thirty years to the day her mum won the same award. To my surprise we found out Mabel is a quarter black which wasn’t a secret or even breaking news but defiantly a talking point.

Another winner/performer this year was 21-year-old Streatham native Dave. Performing his thought-provoking song ‘Black’ where he began by playing the piano which later had powerful images projected onto it. He ended his performance with a spoken word commentary on the racism still present in the UK in response and support of a quote taken from a Stormzy interview earlier this year additionally calling out Prime Minister Boris Johnson for his alleged racism. His words caused controversy within the media as many refuted his claims. Dave also won the award for best album for his debut album ‘Psychodrama’ thanking the majority of the artists in the room during his speech.

The show stopping performance was delivered to us by the reigning king of Grime and UK rap, Stormzy! He performed a medley of song from his latest album H.I.T.H (heavy is the head) including Don’t forget to breathe, Do better, Wiley flow, Own it and Rainfall. He was accompanied by a choir as well as Burna Boy, who was nominated for best International, and Tiana Major9. He also had multiple dancers and an onstage entourage. The performance ended with rain falling from the ceiling as he rapped “let the rain fall on my enemies” which was a great cinematic moment.

To be honest only the Dave and Stormzy performances are worth the watch and MAYBE Lizzo but overall it was boring and male dominated. In terms of diversity there were many Black performers, winners and presenters but next year let’s get some more feminine energy in the building.  

Other performers and winners included Billie Eilish, Lewis Capaldi and Rising Star award winner Celeste who’s is one to watch this year if you are into more classical sounding music. And other winners were Fred Again, Foals and Tyler, The Creator.