The 2011 Brit Awards were last night, and was essentially a mash up of an awards show for British Artists and a 2.0 version of the Grammys. The international performers included half of the line up for Sunday night's LA award show, featuring performances (again) by Rihanna, Arcade Fire, Cee-Lo Green, and Mumford and Sons, among others. The actual awards themselves had two versions of every category, split up between British and international artists. Tinie Tempah were the big UK winners of the night for Breakthrough Act and British Single, while Arcade Fire continued their streak of success with two awards in the international categories. Check out some stand out performances from the night:
Rihanna's meldey of "Only Girl (in the World)", "S&M", and "What's My Name" actually managed to live up to the vocal power of the recorded tracks, which is not always the case for her when singing live. Visually, however, she remained consistent and provided viewers with a skin-baring outfit change and then danced in front of a giant fire at the end of the stage's catwalk. Though not highly creative, it once again proves to us all that simply dancing around a fire is enough entertainment when you're that much of a bombshell.
As one of the few exceptional performers from the Grammys on Sunday Night, Mumford and Sons continue to blow us away with their perfect harmonies at the Brit Awards. Though the set up is simple, this is ideal to highlight the moving character of their talent. The success continued on that night for the group, who won the award for British Album of The Year. Baeble was lucky enough to capture a Mumford and Sons show last Spring, which features an equally captivating version of this same performance.
By far the most oustanding vocal performance of the night, Adele also embraces classic simplicity with a beautiful version of her song "Someone Like You". She demonstrates how effective back-to-basics can be as only a lightly played piano complements the stunning power of her voice. This, along with the glittering confetti that softly fell to the stage around her, propelled this performance from impressive to truly enchanting.
Though Mumford and Sons won the award for British Album of The Year, Arcade Fire picked up the awards for International Album as well as International Group. They performed last night with their song "Ready to Start", and as expected, do the indie world proud by shifting away from the gimmick-driven performances typical of award shows and provided four minutes of pure indie rock.
Cee-Lo Green was joined onstage by British singer/songwriter Paloma Faith for the final performance of the night. To be honest, it's a little disappointing that Cee-Lo didn't begin his Brit Awards performance by hatching out of Lady Gaga's egg again as Rainbow Bird, like he did on Sunday Night. His vocals remain impressive, yet the performance itself was a little bit anticlimactic following the hilarious flair brought to its adaptation during The Grammys. Cee-Lo also won big last night, taking home the award for International Male Solo Artist.