What Happened at the 2018 Brit Awards

  • Words: Lucy Shanker

Last night’s Brit Awards was nothing but entertaining. Overflowing with emotional performances, moving tributes and loads of female empowerment, it was equally gripping as scandalous. Rumours swirled about Liam Payne and Cheryl Cole, Paloma Faith made a sour face when she lost to Dua Lipa and much more. In case you missed it, here’s a recap of the most pressing moments.

Dua Lipa wins her first ever Brit & the first award of the night

She may be a newcomer, but Dua Lipa is here to stay. She first took home Best British Female Solo Artist, beating out strong competitors like Jessie Ware and Paloma Faith. After gracing the stage, Lipa proudly stated, “Here’s to more women on these stages winning more awards!” She went on to bring home Best British Breakthrough and brought her younger brother and sister on stage to prove that they should always believe in magic. 


Jack Whitehall makes a dig at Niall Horan

While making his rounds through the tables packed with A-listers, Jack Whitehall stopped at Liam Payne and Cheryl Cole’s table. After asking about the couple’s “little guy at home,” Whitehall told the stars to wave to the him. Whitehall turned to the camera and said, “Hello Niall!” The look on Cole’s face said it all.


Liam Gallagher honours Manchester bombing victims

Gallagher is known for making an impression at the Brits; 22 years ago, he made crude gestures to millions of viewers. This time, however, his impression was much more serious and honorable. After joining the lineup last minute, Gallagher sang “Live Forever” as a tribute to the 22 people who lost their lives in the Manchester bombing last May. Gary Barlow introduced the former Oasis member saying, “Hate will never win and fear will never divide us.”


Sam Smith performs despite being snubbed

His second album The Thrill of It All was a smash success, yet the star wasn’t nominated for a single Brit this year. Nevertheless, Smith was unbothered and smooth as ever on stage in a dark orange suit. He belted the hit “Too Good at Goodbyes,” leaving the crowd more confused than ever as to his lack of nominations.

Sam smith

Grime legend Stormzy won British Album of the Year

In addition to winning British Male Solo Artist, Stormzy also won the biggest award of the night — album of the year for his album Gang Signs and Prayer. Not only is today the one year anniversary of the album, but it is also Stormzy’s first win. What better way to celebrate.


Not sure how next year’s Brit Awards will top this year’s, but we are absolutely here for it.

See below for the full list of award winners:

British male solo artist
British Female solo artist
Dua Lipa
British group
British breakthrough act
Dua Lipa
British Single
Rag’n’Bone Man – Human
British album
Stormzy – Gang Signs & Prayer
British artist video
Harry Styles – Sign of the Times
International male solo artist
Kendrick Lamar
International female solo artist
International group
Foo Fighters
Critics’ choice
Jorja Smith
British producer
Steve Mac