BRITs 2023

February 13th 2023 By Ella Hughes 3 minute read

Let’s talk about the BRITs. 

No. Not the general public of England. But the awards ceremony that just aired on the 11th of February. 

A quick google has informed me that the BRIT's first ceremony took place in 1977 to mark the Queen’s Silver Jubilee and that there has been an annual ceremony since 1982. Over the years these awards ceremonies have given us some iconic moments, recent examples of these being Madonna falling off the stage in 2015, The 1975 smoking under their table in 2017 and Adele getting cut off during her acceptance speech by James Corden in 2012

But we’re not here to talk about the BRIT Awards of the past. Let’s discuss the BRITs 2023.

Who attended the BRIT Awards 2023? 

This year’s BRIT Awards took over all my social media feeds. I, quite literally, couldn’t escape the endless stream of photos, reels, articles, and TikToks. It seems everyone was talking about the ceremony. So, if you can’t beat them, join them, I say.

The Awards took place at The O2 Arena in London and the ceremony was hosted by comedian, Mo Gilligan, who made his return having hosted the 2022 BRIT Awards. 

To ensure we didn’t miss out on any of the celebrities' stunning outfits (a staple, obvs), the coverage from the red carpet was hosted by Maya Jama, Roman Kemp and Clara Amfo. 

And as if we hadn’t been spoiled enough already with the delightful selection of hosts, there were also performances from huge stars such as Lizzo, Lewis Capaldi, David Guetta, Harry Styles, Wet Leg, Sam Smith and Kim Petras to keep us well and truly entertained.

Serving Looks? 

Almost as important as the performances, and perhaps even more iconic to some, are the looks we see on the red carpet. And boy, were there some interesting ones this year. 

Firstly, let's talk about the elephant in the room. The shiny, latex elephant in the room I should say.

Sam Smith took to the red carpet in an all-black jumpsuit made from latex by the designer Harri. And as I’m sure you can imagine, there are many opinions on it. It was inevitably trending on Twitter once people spotted the outfit. You can see what people had to say here. Despite how you feel about the outfit, you can’t argue Sam Smith knows how to get people talking. 

Other incidents saw Lizzo walk the carpet in a ‘sculptural’ outfit by Robert Wun. The dress featured metallic ruffles that surrounded the singer, while Lizzo was pictured on the red carpet with her boyfriend Myke Wright. 

Jessie J gave us a Rihanna-esque pregnancy look, wearing a red co-ord, with large tulle sleeves, and a lace crop top and trousers.

Harry Styles going four for four? 

And how could we possibly talk about the 2023 BRIT awards without talking about Harry Styles? 

Now, here is where I expose myself. If by chance you have stumbled across this blog without seeing Pic’s meet the team page. Then you may not have noticed the section in my bio which states that I am ‘obsessed with Harry Styles’ after I admitted to having ‘spent a disgraceful amount of money on concert tickets for his shows across 2022 and 2023’.

Now, whilst I prefer to describe myself as being a supporter, as opposed to having a genuine obsession, the fact remains the same that I was very much aware Harry was nominated four times at this year's BRIT Awards. 

Harry’s nominations included:
‘Song of the Year’
‘Album of the Year’
‘Pop/R&B Act of the Year’
‘Artist of the Year’ 

If you don’t want to see any spoilers, you might want to stop reading now (although, tbf, you’ve done well staying in the dark until now if you have a genuine interest in it all). 

He won them all. Yep. Every single one. 

There are some divided opinions on whether or not he was a worthy winner. Fans supported him, of course, but there has been some criticism. Harry recently faced controversy surrounding his Grammy acceptance speech, and there are more grumbles following the Brits. Of course though, being a super fan, I would say he’s a very deserving winner.

And, just in case you think it was all Harry, Harry, Harry, joining him in the winners’ categories this year, were Wet leg, Flo, Beyonce, Aitch, Becky Hill and the 1975. You can read the full list of winners here

While the BRIT Awards have received some criticism this year, despite this, they’ve been constantly trending on socials since they took place on the 11th. So, despite being more than 40 years old, the awards still cause a splash having been taken up by the younger generations. Controversy often adds relevancy, and the Brits are no stranger to that.

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