By Alex Green and Tom Horton, PA
Jack Whitehall opened the Brit Awards ceremony at London’s O2 Arena with a sketch with Line Of Duty stars Vicky McClure and Martin Compston.
Social -Media sensation Jackie Weaver, who went viral with her contributions to a community council meeting, was also featured in the sketch.
Comedian Whitehall couldn’t impress the group with his impression of Ted Hastings and his « Mother of God! » . Keyword.
Coldplay, hosted by Chris Martin, then delivered a performance of their new single Higher Power from a pontoon on the Thames, surrounded by hologram dancers and against the backdrop of purple and orange fireworks.
As part of the pilot program for live government events, 4,000 people are involved in this year’s event. 2,500 tickets will be given to important employees from the greater London area.
The spectators taking part in the indoor ceremony were not socially distant or had to wear face coverings after sitting.
However, they required proof of a negative lateral flow Test result to enter the venue and provide NHS Test and Trace details and follow government instructions when traveling.
Lipa, Parks, Celeste, rap duo Young T & Bugsey and DJ and producer Joel Corry are nominated for three prizes this year.
Jessie Ware, the dance music duo Bicep and the rappers AJ Tracey, J Hus and Headie One each achieved two nominations.
They accompany Parks, Dua Lipa, Griff, Headie One, Olivia Rodrigo and Rag’n’Bone Man and Pink with the Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust Choir at the live billing of the event.
On the show, Taylor Swift is also celebrated with the global icon Brit Award and is dam it became the first female artist to win the award.
Before the ceremony, Dua Lipa paid tribute to the late singer Amy Winehouse on the red carpet.
She arrived at the venue in a gold dress with a beehive hairstyle and nodded to Winehouse , who died in 2011.
The singer, who won three awards, said she was « very excited » to attend the ceremony.
Olivia Rodrigo, who took number one driver’s license earlier this year , said it was her first time in the UK and she « always wanted to come ».
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