Proud to be BRITish

19 02 2009

brits-09

So, last night saw the legendary BRIT Awards 2009 and I have to say, I think they were my favourite yet! Not just because I saw James Corden in a dress, but all thanks to… wait for it… Twitter!

Following my spontaneous BAFTA commentary, I decided that it had to be done for BRITs. So, along with several of my other Twitter friends – namely @PhotosbyLee @NotAPretender @Urbanfly @Ianhlhm and @aaronhuckett – we spent the whole two hours commenting, praising and insulting the glitterati in attendance at Earls Court. And my, did it make the Awards even more interesting.

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My highlights:

  • James Corden and Mat Horne as Kylie’s backing dancers, equipped with red dresses and PVC boots
  • The very cool festival theme – glad to see they made some effort with venue dressing this year!
  • The general ‘proud to be British’ atmosphere… I think this could be thanks to the lift on the alcohol ban
  • Deserving winners: Kings of Leon and Girls Aloud (although not in the same league as the Kings, the girls have been around for 7 years and this is their first gong!)
  • Kings of Leon, in general!
  • Take That in a space ship, wearing glasses… although I think they mimed, which was a bit disappointing
  • The long-awaited collaboration between The Ting Tings (who were great) and Estelle (who was very out of time)
  • The Hoff coming onto Fearne Cotton… all a bit uncomfortable, but very funny
  • Duffy’s bad speeches and ill-fitting dresses – this was very topical during the Twitter BRIT chat!
  • And finally…. the (in my opinion) dreadful performance by the Pet Shop Boys, who won the ‘Outstanding Contribution’ Award. I have always been quite indifferent to them, but that performance just rendered me speechless! And, as much as I like her, what was the point of Lady GaGa being there?

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duffy-awards

So, just in case you missed it, here are the winners:

British Female Solo Artist Duffy
International Female Solo Artist Katy Perry
British Breakthrough Act Duffy
International Group Kings Of Leon
British Male Solo Artist Paul Weller
International Album Kings Of Leon – Only By The Night
British Live Act Iron Maiden
British Group Elbow
Critics’ Choice Award Florence and the Machine
International Male Solo Artist Kanye West
British Single Girls Aloud – The Promise
Mastercard British Album Duffy – Rockferry
Outstanding Contribution to Music The Pet Shop Boys

Time to gear up for some hardcore commentary on the Oscars… although staying awake from 1-6am before work on Monday morning might be a bit of a task.

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4 responses

19 02 2009
Louise

Tara, an amazing run-down of the evenings festivities, although I had already taken a peek at your twitter updates!

Completely agree about the Pet Shop Boys, very random indeed!

Loving the blog! xx

20 02 2009
Ian Hughes

”And finally…. the (in my opinion) dreadful performance by the Pet Shop Boys, who won the ‘Outstanding Contribution’ Award. I have always been quite indifferent to them, but that performance just rendered me speechless! And, as much as I like her, what was the point of Lady GaGa being there?”

Strongly disagree with the review of the Pet Shop Boys, they provided a set of songs that none of the acts featured could ever or will ever dream of playing at this event. There was nothing random about their set, everyone expected a Medley of songs from them, a large amount of dancers and something arty/digital thrown in. Lady Gaga was there because the song they wanted to play was a duet with Dusty Springfield, so who more fitting than Lady Gaga to fill in than a current electro artist?

20 02 2009
taratomes

I knew you’d have something to say about the Pet Shop Boys… and I’m sure they appreciate you looking out for them. I am glad that there’s always someone to see ‘the other side’ but I still didn’t like it! In saying that, I think that’s the beauty of music… everyone has a different opinion. I wouldn’t want it any other way!!

I do love Lady Gaga but I just don’t think her input came across very well… maybe it was the sound or something, but it just didn’t have the impact I would have expected from her! She is fantastic… just not on that one occassion!

Thanks for the counter argument… nothing beats a bit of debate blogging!

20 02 2009
Ian Hughes

quite!

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