Another Brit Award for Lorde

Lorde has just won another major accolade, this time picking up a Brit Award.

The Kiwi pop star was chosen over Taylor Swift, Pink, Alicia Keys and Bjork to take the prize for best international female solo artist on Wednesday.

Unfortunately, she was not there to collect her second British Record Industry Trust award and sent her apologies via a pre-shot video, explaining that she couldn't make it as she was busy rehearsing for her Melodrama tour.

Lorde, whose real name is Ella Yelich-O'Connor, made a short but sweet speech in which she thanked her team, blew kisses and thanked her fans for "showing up to the shows" and supporting her.

"I am so incredibly honoured...it has been so much fun."

She also sang and danced to her hit Green Light in a moment of celebratory joy.

The wins follows what many have claimed was a major snub at the Grammys, at which she Lorde was theh only female artist nominated for album of the year, but not invited to perform a solo set.

Stormzy performs at the Brit Awards at the O2 Arena. Photo: Reuters
Stormzy performs at the Brit Awards at the O2 Arena. Photo: Reuters

Dua Lipa and Stormzy were the biggest winners at this year's awards in London, taking two trophies each at an event that saw performances from some of music's biggest acts.

Lipa was named best female solo artist and breakthrough act, while rapper Stormzy won the British male solo artist prize and British album of the year for Gang Signs & Prayer.

Ed Sheeran took the global success award but lost in the three other categories in which he was nominated, while One Direction star Harry Styles won for video of the year by a British artist.

Foo Fighters took the prize for international group and US rapper Kendrick Lamar was named best international male artist.

The event featured performances from the likes of Sheeran, Lipa and Lamar, who rapped on top of a glass cube containing a luxury car that was smashed up by a man wielding a bat.

Lamar's act appeared to suffer from technical difficulties that muted periods of his performance, leading fans on social media to express their frustration.

Other artists went for grand scale. Justin Timberlake opened the show with a rendition of Say Something accompanied by a scores-strong choir dotted throughout the audience, while Dua Lipa was accompanied by dozens of dancers, also scattered throughout the arena.

Dua Lipa accepts her award for British album. Photo: Reuters
Dua Lipa accepts her award for British album. Photo: Reuters

Many of the stars in attendance wore white roses on the red carpet and during the show as a gesture of support for the Time's Up and #Metoo movements against sexual harassment and abuse and supporting women's rights.

"It does make a difference," Lipa told Reuters on the red carpet of the protest. "We are protesting in our own way and this how we're going to make a difference."

The show also saw Oasis front man Liam Gallagher perform Live Forever in a tribute to the victims of a suicide bombing attack on a venue hosting a concert by US pop star Ariana Grande in Manchester in May 2017, which killed 22 people.

British media outlets reported that Gallagher had been added to the line-up at the last minute, to replace a planned tribute performance by Grande, who dropped out due to illness.

Comments

Once again you have to mention Lorde's real name. Why do you do this as it isnt done with any other artist. You dont say Madonna, real name Madonna Louise Ciccone or Elton John, real name Reggie Dwight so why do it EVERY TIME with Lorde.

I am sure the whole of New Zealand is aware of her real name after the innumerable times Stuff has mentioned it. Get over it.

Its Lorde we know who she is.

 

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