The 2022 BRIT Awards with Mastercard, the UK's leading music awards event, showcased the achievements of female music makers with Adele, Little Simz, Billy Eilish and newcomer Holly Humberstone picking up some of the most coveted awards.
The event, which took place at a sold-out O2 arena as well as being broadcast live in the UK and streamed on YouTube internationally, saw the record-breaking Adele collect three of the top awards: Song of the Year, Mastercard Album of the Year and BRITs Artist of the Year. The awards follow the global success of the singer's comeback release, 'Easy on Me', and her fourth album,'30', which have topped charts worldwide.
The rapper and singer Little Simz, whose fourth album, 'Sometimes I might be introvert' was critically acclaimed in 2021, was presented with Best New Artist. The artist collected the award alongside her mother.
Billie Eilish picked up International Artist of the Year and Olivia Rodrigo was presented with International Song of the Year for ‘Good 4 U’ - the biggest selling international single of the year in the UK. The 2022 BRITs Rising Star, chosen by critics and heads of music to identify the future stars of British music, was awarded to Holly Humberstone.
These successes come in a year when the BRITs introduced gender-neutral categories and several new awards. Other winners included the Mercury Prize-winning London band Wolf Alice which won Best Group. International Group went to Silk Sonic - the collaborative superduo consisting of US artists Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak.
The BRITs’ first ever Songwriter of the Year award went to Ed Sheeran, who also performed two numbers in the show.
Dua Lipa, was awarded with Pop/R&B Act, and Becky Hill was awarded Dance Act. Alternative/Rock Act went to Sam Fender. British rap star Dave was presented with the award for Hip Hop/Grime/Rap Act.
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.
The BRITs also launched its first ever NFT collection in celebration of BRIT Awards winners. In partnership with eco-friendly NFT platform Serenade and designed by West Midlands-born digital artist MRE, fans will get the opportunity to own a piece of music history through purchasing one of the limited edition NFTs which cost just £10 each, with all proceeds going to The BRIT Trust. For details go to brits.serenade.co.
The BRITs 2022 was chaired by Tom March (Co-President Polydor UK) who oversaw the BRITs creative team which included set and stage design by Block9, BRITs TV Executive Producer Sally Wood and BRITs TV Director Phil Heyes.
Source: JM Enternational.