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20th Feb 2014 3:04pm | By Nina Bertok
James Corden and Nick Grimshaw pashed, Beyonce sparkled, Katy Perry went all Egyptian and Pharrell busted out that hat...
All that and more happened at last night’s star-studded BRIT Awards which are still the talk of Twitter and Facebook. And while the celebs are more than likely sleeping off their massive hangovers today, we’re recapping five of the biggest highlights which made this year’s ceremony one of the most memorable and entertaining.
Corden returned for his final year as host of the BRIT Awards and, man, was he on fire... literally. Corden rocked up on stage to kick off the proceedings with his right jacket sleeve on fire, suggesting he stood a little too close to the flames that were part of the Arctic Monkeys’ opening performance (which, by the way, was one of the stand-out moments of the entire night). Not only did he shock all those in attendance but, no doubt, most of the viewers at home as he gave Radio 1’s Nick Grimshaw a passionate French kiss – and not half-heartedly either, we’re pretty sure there was some tongue action there.
Corden also seemed to have it in for the One Direction boys, taking a poke at Harry Styles and co. at every chance he got, from asking the guys about visiting Justin Bieber in jail, to telling Kylie Minogue she was too young for Styles (who’s known for his fondness of older women). Meanwhile, it was Rosie Huntington-Whiteley who presented the group with their Global Success Award, and as One Direction got up on stage to accept their gong, it was clear that one member was obviously missing... where was Harry? Well, in the toilet, it seemed. Halfway through the band’s speech, Styles ran up onto the stage apologising, “I’m really sorry, I was having a wee. The toilets are ages away - what did we win?” Oh, nothing important...
Frontman Alex Turner is either music’s coolest dude or the world’s biggest douche. Social media still seems to be largely divided on that one as the singer went on a rant about rock’n’roll never dying. Or something. “That rock’n’roll, eh? That rock’n’roll, it just won’t go away. It might hibernate from time to time, sink back into the swamp. I think the cyclical nature of the universe in which it exists demands it adheres to some of its rules. But it’s always waiting there, just around the corner, ready to make its way back through the sludge and smash through the glass ceiling, looking better than ever. Yeah, that rock’n’roll, it seems like it’s faded away sometimes, but it will never die. And there’s nothing you can do about it”. Turner then dropped his mic on the floor, adding, “Invoice me for the microphone if you wanna”. Cringeworthy stuff. His hair rocked, though.
‘More Prince! More Prince!’ is what most people were thinking, but alas, the Artist-Formerly-Known-As-The-Artist-Formerly-Known-As-Prince made a brief appearance and then disappeared somewhere into the night. We had our hopes up for a performance because Prince took to the stage accompanied by guitar-wielding backing band Third Eye Girl, but it was not to be – after presenting the first award of the night to Ellie Goulding for Best British Female, Prince and his all-girl ensemble were not to be seen again. Probably gone to play a random gig in the most obscure venue in London.
David Bowie’s absence actually overshadowed Prince’s attendance. When the-always-hilarious Noel Gallagher took to the stage to present the prize for Best British Male, it was supermodel Kate Moss who collected the award for Bowie, with Gallagher smirking at the audience, “You maniacs didn’t think David Bowie would actually be here? He’s too cool for that. He doesn’t do this shit!” Moss read out Bowie’s thank-you speech, which was not only fittingly cryptic but also political, highlighting the singer’s stance on Scottish independence, “Good evening ladies and gentlemen, David has asked me to say this. In Japanese myth the rabbits from my old costume that Kate’s wearing live on the moon. Kate comes from Venus and I from Mars, so that’s nice. I’m completely delighted to have a BRIT for being the best male, but I am, aren’t I Kate? I think it’s a great way to end the day. Thank you very much – and Scotland, stay with us!”
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