The best moments from the 2018 Brit Awards
The Brit Awards never fail to provide memorable moments, from Madonna falling off the stage due to a cape malfunction to Adele putting her middle finger up as her acceptance speech was cut short.
Last night the biggest annual event in British music took place once again, and we were not disappointed. Here are the most memorable moments from the 2018 Brit Awards.
Stormzy calling out Theresa May
Stormzy calling out the Tories and the Daily Mail at the Brits. He doesn't miss. pic.twitter.com/b75ikJTbMl
— Liam O'Hare (@Liam_O_Hare) February 21, 2018
During the show, Stormzy performed a freestyle rap in which he spoke honestly and passionately about his disappointment and anger at the political elite, calling out Theresa May in particular as he referenced her lack of action towards last year’s London tower block fire, asking “Yo, Theresa May, where’s the money for Grenfell?”
Stormzy calling out Theresa May and the gov about Grenfell on big big Brit awards? Someone tell the queen to Knight this man pls
— Akeeb.A (@AkeebLDN) February 21, 2018
Stormzy’s performance also referenced the British media and how the Daily Mail often undermines him and his music, which he then moved on to instead celebrate black British artists and creativity by referencing predecessors as well as current black artists through his freestyle.
Stormzy brought religion, politics, and road to the #BRITs Backed it for Grenfell, gave a shout out to Daniel Kaluuya & Jourdan Dunn, sang in the rain, and didn't get muted once. He's a legit national treasure
— Elizabeth Pears (@BizPears) February 21, 2018
Este Haim stole the show
As Jack Whitehall interviewed Liam Payne, the Haim sister sat in the background looking directly into the camera whilst miming a mobile phone and mouthing the words “call me.” Her sisters laughing and encouraging her in the background are the cherry on top.
— Dave (@DavidMackayy) February 21, 2018
Although she single-handedly won the entire Brit Awards at that moment, many failed to recognise who she was, with twitter account @theladbible referring to her as the “drunk woman” behind Liam and Cheryl. Luckily for us, it didn’t end there as Este herself replied to the tweet.
not drunk, just living my truth https://t.co/WTARWSCenR
— Este Haim (@jizziemcguire) February 21, 2018
Keep on living your truth Este.
Liam Payne and Cheryl overshared
Once they managed to pull their attention from Este in the background, many realised that the interview taking place with Liam Payne was actually extremely uncomfortable.
— Cheryl and Liam (@LiamxCheryl) February 21, 2018
Jack Whitehall asked about his upcoming performance of “For You” from the Fifty Shades Freed soundtrack, saying “is there a safe word?” Cheryl replied for him, saying “Don’t stop.” Twitter had a mixed reaction to this moment.
cheryl saying liams safe word is don’t stop i’m dying
— #1 happy together stan (@halloliamm) February 21, 2018
— Rebecca T. Jones (@RebeccaTJones93) February 21, 2018
I think we can all agree that we did not need to hear that.
Little Mix’s Jesy Nelson was roasted
If you have an internet connection then you have probably seen the meme of Jesy Nelson from Little Mix attempting (and failing) a Jamaican accent during an accent challenge video. If you are one of the three people that haven’t seen this, you are welcome.
— Daniel 🇮🇪 (@Daniel_Reilly1) February 21, 2018
Jack Whitehall has clearly seen this video, as he decided to bring it up as he interviewed the girl group, saying “Last month you hit 3 billion views on YouTube... and only 2 billion of those are people watching you try to do a Jamaican accent, Jesy?”. Although most of Twitter found this hilarious, Jesy definitely was not amused.
— Scott Bryan (@scottygb) February 21, 2018
It's clearly something she is trying to leave in the past, but I don’t think that is going to happen anytime soon.
Kendrick Lamar had technical difficulties
Everyone was very eager for Kendrick’s Brit performance as he is currently seen by many as the best rapper in the game right now, however when it finally came round it didn’t quite meet everyone’s expectations. It began with a technical difficulty that left Kendrick lying on the top of a box above a car in silence for a very long minute.
I think Kendrick Lamar has fallen asleep #BRITs
— Ryan Sullivan (@SulliTheNoob) February 21, 2018
When the performance actually started, many were confused as to why every other word couldn’t be heard. This was because ITV muted most of the audio during the live televised broadcast.
So ITV is muting large parts of Kendrick at the Brits? Booooo
— Mark Di Stefano 🤙🏻 (@MarkDiStef) February 21, 2018
Kendrick Lamar's new song "Audio muted" sounds great #britawards
— Charlotte B (@CharlieLauren1) February 21, 2018
The combination of all these things left viewers pretty confused at his performance.
— Bradley Cates (@Bradley_Cates) February 21, 2018
Adwoa Aboah forgot how to speak
Celebrities continued to show their support for the Times Up Movement last night by wearing white roses on the red carpet, as well as several of the artists speaking on the subject during their speeches, Dua Lipa’s being particularly striking as she dedicated her award win to “women taking over the world”. As British fashion model and activist Adwoa Aboah took to the stage, she also began to speak on the subject of solidarity, although her words were less captivating and more… funny.
— Tony Shepherd (@tonysheps) February 21, 2018
She stands in “saladidority” with all other women…
— 4Music (@4Music) February 21, 2018
So to sum up, the 2018 Brit Awards had some iconic as well as cringe-worthy moments, and as long as Este Haim is at the 2019 awards show I will definitely be watching again.