The 2020 BRIT Awards took place tonight on 18 February at London’s O2 Arena, with Lewis Capaldi, Mabel and Billie Eilish among the big winners of the evening.
Along with picking up the award for International Female Solo Artist, Eilish performed her new Bond theme ‘No Time To Die’ for the first time, alongside her brother Finneas and special guests Hans Zimmer and Johnny Marr.
After her haunting performance, Eilish gave an emotional acceptance speech after beating out Lizzo, Lana Del Rey, Ariana Grande and Camilla Cabello, and calling them “the only reason I exist”.
“I’ve felt very hated recently. And when I was on the stage and I saw you guys all smiling at me…it genuinely made me wanna cry. And I wanna cry right now, so thank you.”
This was the first BRIT award for the 18-year-old singer-songwriter. Eilish wasn’t the only performer who turned heads Tuesday night. Mabel kicked off the evening’s proceedings with a stellar rendition of her hit song ‘Don’t Call Me Up’ and later won Best Female Solo Artist, 30 years to the day her mother Neneh Cherry won at the BRIT Awards.
The other big winner of the evening was Scottish balladeer Lewis Capaldi, who won Best New Artist and Song Of The Year for his No.1 hit, ‘Someone You Loved’.
The self-effacing singer-songwriter also used the opportunity to share the real story behind the hit song.
“Contrary to popular belief, a lot of people think this song is about my ex-girlfriend who you can see every night on Love Island,” he added, referencing the ITV2 show’s contestant Paige Turley.
“It’s actually about my grandmother, who sadly passed away a few years ago. And I hope to god that ITV don’t contact her to be on a reality TV dating show,” he quipped.
This year’s annual event marked the 40th anniversary of the BRIT Awards, that was once again hosted by comedian Jack Whitehall.
Other big winners of the evening included Stormzy for Male Solo Artist, Foals for Best Group, Dave’s Psychodrama for Album of The Year, Tyler The Creator for International Male Solo Artist and R&B singer Celeste for Rising Star.
View the full list of winners below.
Female Solo Artist
Mabel – WINNER
Male Solo Artist
Stormzy – WINNER
Album Of The Year
Dave: Psychodrama – WINNER
Harry Styles: Fine Line
Lewis Capaldi: Divinely Uninspired to a Hellish Extent
Michael Kiwanuka: Kiwanuka
Stormzy: Heavy Is The Head
Best New Artist
Lewis Capaldi – WINNER
Bring Me The Horizon
Foals – WINNER
International Female Solo Artist
Billie Eilish – WINNER
Lana Del Rey
International Male Solo Artist
Tyler, the Creator – WINNER
Song of the Year
AJ Tracey – Ladbroke Grove
Calvin Harris and Rag’n’Bone Man – Giant
Dave feat. Burna Boy – Location
Ed Sheeran feat. Justin Bieber – I Don’t Care
Lewis Capaldi – Someone You Loved – WINNER
Mabel – Don’t Call Me Up
Mark Ronson feat. Miley Cyrus – Nothing Breaks Like a Heart
Sam Smith feat. Normani – Dancing With A Stranger
Stormzy – Vossi Bop
Tom Walker – Just You and I
Producer of The Year
Fred again… – WINNER
Celeste – WINNER