The Ultimate 2021 Brit Awards Lowdown 

Some of the Brit 2021 winner’s. Photos not owned by LadyMusicBiz101

Leaning into my sofa with a G&T in one hand and my notebook in the other, I set up on ITV hub ready to watch the 2021 Brit Awards. The Brits were opened by Coldplay being on stage in front of the 02 with red and blue smoke making vibrations in the Thames water with their newest song release ‘Higher Power’. What a better introduction to the Brit awards by having one of the best British Rock bands to open it. 

Jack Whitehall hosted the awards, making sure viewers knew that it was being run completely COVID safe. All attendees took COVID-19 tests in order to enter the awards. Due to this year’s pandemic all international artists and bands that attended had to follow Government guidelines and isolate for 10 days prior to the event. The live audience were socially distanced and this year made up of key workers to show appreciation for all their hard work this past year. The Brit awards were a part of Government research programme to see whether negative testing could prevent the spread of COVID during and after the event, paving the way for future mass gatherings.   

The camera soon switched to Dua Lipa performing a number of her hit songs dressed in a red and blue suit signifying the colours of the British flag. Set in an underground tube station stage with multicoloured lights she performed ‘Physical’, ‘Pretty Please’ and ‘Don’t Start Now’. See her performance below. 

Radio presenters Clara Amfo and Miya Jama presented the first winners of the category of best breakthrough artist:

  • Celeste
  • Young T & Bugsey 
  • Arlo Parks (Winner) 
  • Bicep 
  • Joel Corry 

Adam Lambert & Olly Murs present Best British Group:

  • Bicep 
  • The 1975
  • Biffy Clyro 
  • Young T & Bugsey 
  • Little Mix (Winner) 

Little Mix made history by winning this award by being the first females to win in this category, a great accomplishment. They humbly said that they accepted the award “This award isn’t just for us its for the Spice girls, Sugababes, All Saints, Girls Aloud and all the great British female bands”. It is nice to see that the music industry is slowly changing and the recognition is being giving to the great women of the industry as well. Women need to support and empower other women in order to gain gender parity in such a male dominated industry. It’s looking up, it’s looking hopeful, what a great award’s show.

Olivia Rodrigo goes on to sing the heart wrenching song ‘Driver’s License’ that has brought so many Tiktokers to tears in recent months. She performed in a long red dress, with a harp and piano being played behind her. 

Corrupt FM present best British Male Solo Artist:

  • Joel Corry 
  • AJ Tracey 
  • J Hus (Winner) 
  • Headi One 
  • Yungblud 

Arlo Parks winner of breakthrough artist performs Hope. 

Annie Mac presents Best International Female Solo Artist:

  • Cardi B 
  • Taylor Swift
  • Ariana Grande 
  • Billie Eilish (Winner)
  • Miley Cyrus 

Best British female solo artist:

  • Dua Lipa (Winner)
  • Arlo Parks 
  • Lianne Las Havas 
  • Jessie Ware 
  • Celeste 

Elton John and Years & Years perform ‘It’s a Sin’ with Elton on the piano and Years & Years elegantly dancing while he sings. 

A video of The Weeknd goes on to be played singing ‘Save your tears’.

Best international male solo artist 

  • The Weeknd (Winner) 
  • Burna Boy 
  • Tame Impala 
  • Bruce Springsteen 
  • Donald Glover 

Billy Porter presents best international Group 

  • Foo Fighters 
  • Fontaines DC
  • BTS 
  • Run the Jewels 
  • Haim (Winner) 

Griff goes performs the beautiful ballad ‘Black Hole’ 

Boy George presents best British Single 

  • Young T & Bugsey ft Headie One – ‘Don’t Rush’
  • Joel Corry ft MNEK – ‘Head & Heart’
  • Aitch & AJ Tracey ft Tae Keith – ‘Rain’
  • Dua Lipa – ‘Physical’
  • Harry Styles – ‘Watermelon Sugar’ (Winner)
  • Nathan Dawe ft KSI – ‘Lighter’
  • 220 Kid & Gracey – ‘Don’t Need Love’
  • Regard & Raye – ‘Secrets’
  • Simba ft DTG – ‘Rover’
  • Headie One ft AJ Tracey & Stormzy – ‘Ain’t It Different’

Headie One featuring AJ Tracey & Stormzy perform ‘Ain’t it different’ 

Maisie Williams presents Taylor Swift as global Icon in which Taylor accepts with an empowering speech.

Mastercard Album of the year 

  • Arlo Parks – ‘Collapsed In Sunbeams’
  • Celeste – ‘Not Your Muse’
  • Dua Lipa – ‘Future Nostalgia’  (Winner)
  • J Hus – ‘Big Conspiracy’
  • Jessie Ware – ‘What’s Your Pleasure’
Rag’n’bone performs

Needless to say The Brit Awards 2021 was hugely dominated by women this year. The hard work, creativity and love put into these female artist’s work is finally getting the recognition it deserves.

10 Playlists for your every Mood

Music for me is a way of dealing with whatever life brings. Whether it is heartbreak or love, Monday motivation or Friday night tunes, empowering anthems or badass hardcore rock. Whatever it is, music has the capability of enabling your mood through a creative outlet. Lyrics to songs are a common way of me categorising music into playlist, along with genre and tempo. I like to understand the intentions of the artists message through their songs. Then relate them to an appropriate group of songs that compliment each other. Spotify being my main source of music streaming, here is a list of some of my favourite playlists that I have created and listen to for every kind of mood.

1.Sunday Morning: the day of rest, the day of love, the day of gratitude.

This playlist has a mixture of genres and a variety of artists. There are some feel good classics and some mellow acoustic songs to make your Sunday morning breakfast more enjoyable.

2.Boss Lady: “We have to teach our girls to reach as high as humanly possible!” – Beyoncé.

The motivation behind this playlist was to empower women of all ages. It features some of the most influential women in Pop. The themes of the each of the songs have the power to remind each and every girl out there, that they have what it takes to go after your dreams. That being a woman is something to be proud of, and that you should never let anyone take that away from you.

3. Club Nights in my Head: Stuck in Lockdown but still want to feel the Friday night vibes.

This playlist has a combination of new and old club anthems. With all bars and clubs closed for over a year now, reminiscing a good night out with my girls is a common occurrence for me. Before the pandemic crept up on us like annoying pestering little brother, dancing in a club until 5am was one of my favourite forms exercise. Club nights in my head, because that’s the only place I dance nowadays.

4. Friday & Saturday Mash: Funky, groovy and uplifting modern soul vibes

Originally, I had created this playlist for a restaurant that I used to work at in the fun but dark city of Copenhagen, Denmark. With a complete new management team where we were all under the age of 28 of an 150 seat restaurant. Innovation and creativity were key to bring life to the place, to make sure that the right ambience and mood was created. This playlist did just that. The Friday and Saturday Mash was put on at exactly 8pm every weekend. You could feel the switch up in motivation of the staff, as well as in the customers, drinking their cocktails ready to enter their weekend with a bang. It is a great playlist for all ages.

5. Broke Up with your Ass: “I hate you, I love you, I hate that I love you”

Have you broken up with your partner of 5 years ? Or have you have unrequited lover? Or maybe you just got ghosted. Either way this playlist will get out your frustrations. It involves some of my favourite break up songs of all time, including “Fuck it” – Eamon (Gen Y’s guilty pleasure) and “Bad at love” – Halsey. Another one of my favourite songs is “Hi, its me” by Ashnikko, your go to tune for the weak days.

6. Gaming Vibes: Gamers don’t fear the apocalypse, we’ve seen it many times before

One of my preferred ways pass my time, is through gaming. I love great storylines, 1st person game play is my best-loved gaming modes. I like to set myself up with some chilled Rap music, a nice hot cup of tea and lose myself in the world of virtual reality. It calms the mind, rids of the spontaneous in-game frustrations and sets you on a path of victory.

7. Electronic chillin’ maybe trippin’

This one is hits the nail on the head for multiple moods that I have risen, including chilled solo drives, adventurous connection to higher self moments or just letting my mind wonder into day dream. Check it out.

8. Bedroom Steam

This is playlist is pretty self explanatory. If you know me personally you would know that I am a complete cringe ball and hopeless romantic. Some people might find it awkward to play music during their intimate antics, however when you find that one person that you connect with on a completely different level. Music for me, encourages the romantic energy when words of love fly in the air.

9. Heal the Earth

This playlist was created by Elizabeth April, she is a spiritual channeller and influencer. I wanted to include this playlist because of the magical way it makes you appreciate life. The music is alternative tropical house themed. I am lucky enough to have the beach just 5 minutes from my flat. I find myself taking a break from life by going to the beach, putting in my headphones, listening to this playlist and merely appreciating the natural beauty of the crashing waves.

10. Nuko Kind of Love: “Love is not what you say, its what you do.”

This encapsulates pure love energy. Unconditional love. The kind of love you would dream to be your forever.