Despite making their disdain for the awards overtly clear in the past, the Sheffield band opened the event at London’s O2 Arena.
James Corden, presenting the live ITV show for the final time, was encouraged to go “off the leash” and whip up some spontaneous fun. Which apparently involves kissing Radio 1 DJ Nick Grimshaw and calling people with double-barrelled surnames “horse-faced inbreds”.
The combined US star wattage of Beyoncé, Katy Perry, Pharrell Williams and Bruno Mars was imported from the Grammys to add lustre to the live performances and, notably, David Bowie’s win for British Male Solo Artist cemented his musical comeback.
Brit Awards 2014 Winners list in full
British Male Solo Artist – David Bowie
British Female Solo Artist – Ellie Goulding
British Group – Arctic Monkeys
British Breakthrough Act – Bastille
British Single – “Waiting All Night” by Rudimental ft. Ella Eyre
British Album Of The Year – AM by Arctic Monkeys
Best Video – One Direction
International Male Solo Artist – Bruno Mars
International Female Solo Artist – Lorde
International Group – Daft Punk
Global Success – One Direction
Critics’ Choice – Sam Smith
British Producer Of The Year – Flood & Alan Moulder
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