The 2018 Brit Awards took place at the O2 Arena in London last night and stood out as one of the awards season highlights so far. Dua Lipa and Stormzy were the big winners of the night, taking home two awards apiece and both performing as well. There were also performances by everyone from Kendrick Lamar to Liam Gallagher and plenty of other standout moments in between. So, let's try and look past the fact that Foo Fighters somehow won the award for International Group and recap some of the best bits.
A Very Sober (Honestly) Este Haim
The "drunk woman" sitting behind Cheryl What's-her-surname-now? and former One Direction member Liam Payne stole the show with a comedic performance worthy of an award itself.
The eldest Haim sister later took to Twitter to assert that she was, in fact, not drunk at all. Some may be skeptical of this claim...
And this morning, in an early interview on BBC Radio 1, she left Cheryl a voicemail to assure her that there was no beef, even offering an invite to HAIM's Alexandra Palace gig on June 15th.
Kendrick Lamar's Performance
It might have been marred by sound issues and some bizarre editing choices by broadcaster ITV, but Kendrick always puts on a show. The rapper performed "FEEL." and "New Freezer", calling back to the Grammys with a screen behind him declaring the performance "another satire by Kendrick Lamar". Kendrick delivered his vocals atop a glass box as labelmate Rich the Kid smashed up a Lamborghini beneath him. Divisive, and a bit messy, but memorable as always. Kendrick also took home the award for International Male.
Stormzy Calling Out The Government
Winner of two awards on the night, British Album of the Year and British Male Solo Artist, Stormzy closed out the show with a powerful performance ending on his hit single "Big For Your Boots". The standout moment from the performance, however, came around the halfway point, when Stormzy launched into a freestyle targeting Prime Minister Theresa May and the government's failure to adequately respond to the Grenfell Tower fire which killed 71 people in June of last year.
Damon Albarn's Acceptance Speech
With Gorillaz scooping the award for British Group, it was up to creator Damon Albarn to give an acceptance speech. The Blur frontman might have come across a little drunk, but his speech had a lot of heart. He didn't outright say the word "Brexit" but Albarn's somewhat tipsy musing on isolation and identity was definitely going that way. Not one to allow for uncertainty, surprisingly not-terrible host Jack Whitehall then punctuated Albarn's speech for him - "I think he's talking about Brexit".
Liam Gallagher Saving The Day
He might veer wildly between being outright hilarious and being the most annoying man on the planet, but Liam Gallagher saved the day at the Brits this year. Ariana Grande was scheduled to perform a tribute to the victims of the Manchester arena bombing, but unfortunately fell ill in the lead-up to the event and had to pull out. So Liam Gallagher, a Mancunian born and bred, stepped into to deliver a stripped-back performance of Oasis track "Live Forever" - an apt tribute to the victims of the attack.
Not at the Brits, but this video of Liam Gallagher being interviewed by a group of kids is great.