Michael's Wham! partner Andrew Ridgeley, along with their backing singers Pepsi & Shirlie - Helen DeMacque and Shirlie Holliman - took to the stage beforehand to remember the singer. The event marked the first time Ridgeley has publicly commented on Michael’s death, not including social media posts. "On Christmas Day 2016, the greatest singer-songwriter of his generation, an icon of his era, and my beloved friend, George Michael, was lost,” he told the audience.
The 26-year-old star, who won the tenth series of the TV talent show last year, has admitted that he’s managed to keep hold of the staggering sum, only dipping into the jackpot to purchase a designer handbag for his sister. Richard explained to BANG! Showbiz (via The List): “I bought my sister a Michael Kors handbag – it’s the one she wanted.
For some, a BRIT Awards “horror story” might comprise of an embarrassing wardrobe malfunction, unexpected stage invasion or a spectacular tumble mid-performance. The Teenage Dream singer, who delivered a show-stopping performance of her latest track ‘Chained to the Rhythm’ on the BRITs stage last night, recently opened up about her disastrous first appearance at the star-studded event.
Especially when that brutal comedy is made all the more irresistible when said person is dressed like a giant glowing house, bopping along as Katy Perry performs her newest single 'Chained to the Rhythm' at the 2017 Brit Awards, before abruptly walking straight off the end of the stage and into the crowd. Perry staged an even more overtly political performance than her Grammys tribute to Senator Elizabeth Warren, by amassing a swarm of dancing white houses and two skeletons towering over them all - holding hands and dressed exactly like Donald Trump and Theresa May.
Sadiq Khan donned a black tie to attend the BRIT Awards after-party at Soho House with his wife Saadiya. The Mayor of London turned up at the Soho House bash after the ceremony, looking smart in a black evening jacket with a simple white pocket square. Khan was joined by the likes of Nick Grimshaw, Katy Perry and Ellie Goulding, who were also cutting loose at the party hosted by Universal Music.
The American singer teamed up with BBC Radio 1’s Nick Grimshaw behind the DJ booth at the Universal Music bash. The pair were joined by Ellie Goulding, who seemed in good spirits after the show. Perry sang her new single Chained to the Rhythm at the awards, with a lavish stage production including giant skeleton puppets and backing dancers dressed as houses.
The pair turned up at the Warner Music bash wearing t-shirts promoting each other’s forthcoming albums. The London-based grime rapper made a surprise appearance during Sheeran’s performance at the awards ceremony, turning up for a verse in Shape of You. Sheeran arrived at the party wearing a t-shirt with the cover of Stormzy’s upcoming debut album Gang Signs & Prayer, which is due for release on Friday.
The singer turned up to collect the audience-voted British Artist Video award, which went to One Direction’s History. Taking to the stage just hours before his girlfriend Cheryl finally confirmed her pregnancy, Payne said that he and his bandmates will ‘always be’ One Direction. “We’ve been taking a bit of time out, working on our solo material, but One Direction is who we are and it’s who we always will be.
The singer performed on stage alongside two skeleton puppets similarly dressed to the President and Prime Minister.
After the #BritsSoWhite storm in 2016 many people thought this year’s awards ceremony would step up its game and begin representing all aspects of British music. It was just unfortunate that Perry seemed to put even less effort into this performance than she did at the Grammys.
Katy Perry decided to get political during her Brit Awards performance, portraying leaders Donald Trump and Theresa May as dancing skeletons. The pop superstar, who was a vocal Hillary Clinton supporter during the US elections, took a swipe at the President and the Prime Minister during Wednesday night’s ceremony. While performing her new single Chained to the Rhythm, two large skeleton puppets were brought out on stage. One wore a suit and red tie and the other wore a red skirt and jacket, identical to the outfits worn by the leaders when they met at the White House last month.
Little Mix and David Bowie were the big winners at this year’s Brit Awards. The chart-topping British girl group screamed as they rushed up on to the stage to collect their first ever Brit award for Best Single during Wednesday night’s ceremony. “We honestly didn’t know where to go, we didn't think we’d win it,” said Jade Thirlwall. “We were just sitting there chin-wagging. This is for all our exes.” David Bowie, who died after a battle with cancer last year, won a posthumous award for Best British Solo Male Artist as well as collecting the top accolade of Best Album for Blackstar. ...
Chris Martin made a surprise appearance at this year’s Brit Awards to pay tribute to the late George Michael. The Coldplay frontman, who was not scheduled to appear at this year’s ceremony, arrived on stage to sing classic Michael song A Different Corner on Wednesday night, following a tribute from Wham’s Ridgeley, Shirlie Holliman and Pepsi De Macque. While Martin sang one part of the song, a large screen showed Michael singing the accompanying verses.