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.

The evolution of Miley Cyrus: a look at her past and present music career

I was inspired to write this post after a recent click on Miley’s iHeartRadio festival 2020 performance, and quite frankly I was blown away. A highly successful tribute to Blondie’s 2004 ‘Heart of Glass’, Miley truly outdid herself. Her voice, singing style and image has gone from Disney pop queen to husky full time rockstar. 

Pop-Rock is my guilty pleasure without a doubt. A mild headbang, guitar solos and amazing vocals are always a winner. Wouldn’t you agree?

Miley grew up in the public eye at a very young age, having Billy Ray Cyrus as your dad does that. Her debut role was in her father’s television series Doc. She was soon sought after for many roles including being an audition finalist alongside Taylor Lautner for ‘The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl’ but she turned this down to create one of America’s most popular Disney TV shows Hannah Montana. 

Her first album was created for her TV show Hannah Montana, in which it consists of endless teen pop songs lyrically based around teen romance, girl power and the double life in which Hannah Montana led. This album remains to be the best seller of Miley’s collection with just under 5 million copies sold. 

To be honest I was never a fan during this phase of her life, my teenage years consisted of me thinking I was a middle aged drug addict blaring Eminem tracks. But without a doubt,  Miley has always had a uniquely identifiable, edgy rock worthy voice. Check out one of her earlier popular tracks ‘See you again’. A look into the past greets us with bad early 2000’s special effects, girl next door hair and boy band dance moves. A clear sign of her vocal evolution is her singing that song VS a number of years later at BBC Live lounge. The tempo has slowed, the voice has got deeper and her attitude/image is at the beginning of her rebellious revolution. 

The leap from 2012 Miley to 2013 Miley introduced us mere mortals to the highly controversial and media gasping song and video of wrecking ball. She cut off her luscious dyed blonde locks and did a Britney on our asses cutting all her hair. And Guess what? Everyone had something to say about it. This was her turning point in her career where she turned around to her huge fanbase and was like “YOU KNOW WHAT? F*%K YOU! I’ve had enough of this princess fairytale TALE that you have created, I want to be me”. 

2015 – 2017 Miley albums were the most questionable albums that she has released to date. Miley Cyrus and her dead Petz sounds like she took a hollow room and ran around banging tins whilst singing slowly. Her ‘Younger Now’ album is definitely an improvement, the songs generally portray that she was in a better headspace when she wrote these songs. Oh and Dolly Parton Features in it, who doesn’t love a bit of Dolly? 

Which brings us to today, and where my obsessive online clicking led me to; Miley’s iHeartRadio Performance. This is where my young pop-rock loving teen jumps out of my body and screams “Miley, Miley!”. I have finally become a fan. Absolutely love the 80’s style composition of her 2020 single ‘Midnight Sky’. The lyrics are catchy and dark; the music video has an elegance with its simplicity and neon colours (and lack of clothing); lastly the husky vocals, they don’t need an explanation. The only thing that’s been bought to my attention is that she may have been lip syncing according to this vocal coach. But I am willing to let this opinion slide, pretend I didn’t watch it and  finally admit I have become a Miley fan. 

Peace out! 

Who do you prefer?