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The BRIT Awards with Mastercard took place last night, with a total of 13 awards presented throughout the evening alongside an all British line-up of spectacular performances. Here's who won what...

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Hosted by Mo Gilligan, the 2 and a half hour show kicked off with a spectacular theatrical performance from Ed Sheeran with a new version of ‘Bad Habits’, for which he was joined by special guests Bring Me The Horizon. With medleys and music legends at the heart of the BRITs on-stage performances, Anne-Marie and KSI along with Digital Farm Animals delivered a show-stopping three song set whilst rock royalty Liam Gallagher braved a helicopter to the O2 arena to perform his new single ‘Everything’s Electric’.

The 2022 BRIT Awards was truly Adele’s night. Welcoming this extraordinary artist back onto the stage for an elegant, stripped-back performance of her power-ballad ‘I Drink Wine’; the stage that has seen her unparalleled career soar and pop music history made, The BRITs honoured the London-born global phenomenon with three awards on the night, bringing Adele’s complete tally of BRIT trophies to 12 since winning the first ever Rising Star award in 2008. Adele was presented with the prestigious Mastercard Album of the Year for the third time, having won for her previous two albums in 2012 and 2016 - the only solo artist in BRITs history to have won this award three times. Adele also became the first ever recipient of the BRITs’ inaugural Artist of the Year award, with her third victory claimed with the win for Song of the Year for ‘Easy On Me’.

The International counterparts to these new categories similarly saw two unbeatable global artists celebrated; with Billie Eilish picking up International Artist of the Year and Olivia Rodrigo presented with International Song of the Year for ‘Good 4 U’ - the biggest selling international single of the year in the UK. International Group went to Silk Sonic - the collaborative superduo consisting of US artists Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak.

Making her BRITs debut both on stage with an electrifying two-song performance, and in this year’s shortlists, Little Simz was presented with Best New Artist, beating off competition from Central Cee, Griff, Joy Crookes and Self Esteem. She was joined on stage by actress Emma Corrin. The Mercury Prize winning London band Wolf Alice won Best Group, the second year they had been nominated in this category. The 2022 BRITs Rising Star shortlist saw three incredible female artists compete for the coveted prize, as chosen by critics and heads of music to identify the future stars of British music. Winner Holly Humberstone got to perform to her biggest audience yet with a rendition of her new single ‘London is Lonely', and was introduced on stage by last year’s Rising Star recipient, Griff.

The BRITs in 2022 saw a number of changes to awards categories in order to create even more opportunities or artists to be recognised. The recipient of the BRITs’ first ever Songwriter of the Year award tonight went to Ed Sheeran, a true superstar that continues to break world records, commands huge collaborations, and has remained at the very top of his game. Alongside his opening performance, Ed performed a second number, ‘The Joker and The Queen’ later in the show.

Four new genre awards were launched this year, with a public vote by fans determining the overall winner in each of the new categories. Powered by TikTok in a first for both the app and the BRITs, millions of votes were cast in total over the two-week voting period. Having picked up two awards last year, Dua Lipa, was awarded with Pop/R&B Act, and having received her first ever BRIT nominations this year Becky Hill was awarded Dance Act. Alternative/Rock Act went to Sam Fender (bringing his UK record label Polydor’s tally of trophies up to 5), who later in the show went on to wow the audience with a performance of his Top Ten hit single ‘Seventeen Going Under.’ British rap royalty Dave was presented with the award for Hip Hop/Grime/Rap Act by Arsenal legends Ian Wright and Bukayo Saka, and closed the ceremony with a triumphant performance of ‘In The Fire’, where he was joined by fellow rappers Ghetts, Giggs, Fredo, Konyikeh and Meekz.

Last month, the BRITs Producer of the Year award winner was announced as Inflo, in recognition of his work with BRIT winners Adele and Little Simz, along with Michael Kiwanuka and SAULT.

Presenters on the night included Courtney Cox and Johnny McDaid, Brian Cox, Vicky McClure, Jodie Whittaker, Mo Farah, Tom Daley, Ronnie Wood and Idris Elba.

And The Winners Were (with other nominees listed)….

Album of the year

** WINNER ** Adele - 30
Dave - We're All Alone In This Together
Ed Sheeran - =
Little Simz - Sometimes I Might Be Introvert
Sam Fender - Seventeen Going Under

Artist of the Year

** WINNER ** Adele
Ed Sheeran
Little Simz
Sam Fender

Best group

** WINNER ** Wolf Alice
D-Block Europe
Little Mix
London Grammar

Song of the Year

** WINNER ** Adele - Easy On Me
A1 & J1 - Latest Trends
Anne-Marie, KSI & Digital Farm Animals - Don't Play
Becky Hill & David Guetta - Remember
Central Cee - Obsessed With You
Dave ft Stormzy - Clash
Ed Sheeran - Bad Habits
Elton John & Dua Lipa - Cold Heart (Pnau Mix)
Glass Animals - Heat Waves
Joel Corry, Raye & David Guetta - Bed
KSI - Holiday
Nathan & 220Kid & Billen Ted - Wellerman
Riton, Nightcrawlers & Mufasa - Friday
Tion Wayne & Russ Millions - Body
Tom Grennan - Little Bit Of Love

Best new artist

** WINNER ** Little Simz
Central Cee
Joy Crookes
Self Esteem

Best international artist

** WINNER ** Billie Eilish
Doja Cat
Lil Nas X
Olivia Rodrigo
Taylor Swift

Best international group

** WINNER ** Silk Sonic
War On Drugs

Best international song

** WINNER ** Olivia Rodrigo - Good 4U
ATB / Topic / A7S - Your Love (9PM)
Billie Eilish - Happier Than Ever
Ckay - Love Nwantiti (Ah Ah Ah)
Doja Cat ft SZA - Kiss Me More
Drake ft Lil Baby - Girls Want Girls
Galantis, David Guetta & Little Mix - Heartbreak Anthem
Jonasu - Black Magic
Kid Laroi & Justin Bieber - Stay
Lil Nas X - Montero (Call Me By Your Name)
Lil TJ & 6lack - Calling My Phone
Maneskin - I Wanna Be Your Slave
Polo G - Rapstar
Tiesto - The Business
The Weeknd - Save Your Tears

Brits Rising Star

** WINNER ** Holly Humberstone
Bree Runway
Lola Young

Best dance

** WINNER ** Becky Hill
Calvin Harris
Fred Again
Joel Corry

Best rock/alternative

** WINNER ** Sam Fender
Glass Animals
Tom Grennan
Wolf Alice

Best pop/R&B

** WINNER ** Dua Lipa
Ed Sheeran
Joy Crookes

Best hip-hop/grime/rap

** WINNER ** Dave
AJ Tracey
Central Cee
Little Simz

Producer of the year

** WINNER ** Inflo

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