Around 4,000 people watched the Dua Lipa and Arlo Parks singers triumph and perform at the BRIT Awards on Tuesday, the first major indoor live music event held in London in over a year.
The British Pop Music Awards, for which the public should not have to wear masks or turn away socially, were held at Stadium 02 on the River Thames, as the country emerged from the restrictions of Covid-19.
The ceremony, during which Billie Eilish and The Weeknd were honored, is part of the British government’s Event Research Program, which aims to determine whether the big shows can be held indoors without social distancing.
The audience, of whom 2,500 were key staff and their guests, sat in rows overlooking two stages, one for the presenters and the other for the performers. Candidates sat at separate tables.
“Tonight, we’re looking forward to a brighter future,” said host Jack Whitehall. “We have an audience … We have pop stars, we’re back.”
Ticket holders had to show a negative side-flow test to enter the venue, which has a capacity of 20,000 people. They will also need to post-test and give contact details as part of the Covid testing and tracking system.
Zunaira Faiz, who works at North London Hospital, commented upon her arrival at 02: “It feels surreal because it’s been so long.” long time. “
As elsewhere, the Covid-19 pandemic has canceled music events with live audiences in Britain. Under Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s interim reopening roadmap, entertainment venues will be able to reopen next week.
Lipa, winner of two awards – Best Female Solo and Best Album for Future Nostalgia – has announced that she has dedicated her performance to the two main actors.
“I am grateful for sharing this evening with them,” Liba told Reuters.
Although some of the shows were live, including shows of Lipa, Barx and Olivia Rodrigo, others were pre-recorded.
Intending to embrace the community spirit and kindness demonstrated during the Covid-19 quarantine, organizers said this year’s winners will receive two awards and are encouraging them to share one of them.
American singer Taylor Swift became the first female artist to be awarded a Global Icon Award. It has been hosted by David Bowie, Elton John, and Robbie Williams in the past.
Harry Styles won Best Single Song for “Watermelon Sugar,” while Little Mix became the first girl group to win Best British Band.