Love or hate them, the performances on BRIT Awards night will at least get you tweeting and talking. Here are some from the last decade that made their mark for good and bad reasons.
The duet – Dizzee Rascal and Florence Welch – You Got the Dirtee Love (2010)
The BRITs has a mixed history with duets. It’s unlikely anyone could tell you even now why Robbie Williams awkwardly rubbed himself up against Tom Jones like a drunk uncle at a wedding, dressed all in leather, while singing Land Of 100 Dances in 1998 but hey, it was fun at the time.
That effort sums up the average BRITs duet – functional, a bit odd and largely forgettable despite the occasional weird moment that will haunt your dreams forever.
The BRITs is best when it creates a new musical moment – bringing together unexpected pairings to create something completely fresh. Rihanna and The Klaxons came close in 2008 but Dizzee and Flo got it spot on. You Got the Dirtee Love was that rarest of BRITs collaborations – a moment you wanted to re-live again and again. It was even good enough to make it to number two in the charts and to be included on both artist’s albums.
The disaster – Madonna – Living For Love (2015)
One Madge will want to forget but the rest of us never will. After the knot on her cape was tied too tight the singer couldn’t escape her fate and we watched her fall down a flight of stairs in what seemed to be slow motion.
“So here I am marching in like the Queen,” she told Jonathan Ross later in a TV interview.
“I got to the top of the stairs and I pulled the silky string and it wouldn’t come undone. My two lovely Japanese dancers, they basically strangled me off the stage. I could either be strangled or fall, and I chose to fall.”
A moment that will go down in BRITs infamy…
The not very “BRITsy” but very good one – Kanye West – All Day (2015)
There are still granny’s across the UK still confused by this one. Well, granny’s and Liam Gallagher…
Despite being heavily censored Kanye’s performance of All Day still managed to pull in more than 100 complaints for bad language. His four minutes were light on glitz but heavy on statement as he took to the stage backed by a crew dressed in black hoodies lit only by flame throwers.
After 2016’s BRITs the lack of Grime and UK rap artists on the bill has become a talking point but Kanye laid down the gauntlet first, bringing Skepta, Krept & Konan, Fekky, Jammer, Novelist and Stormzy on stage with him to make his point.
This year Kano, Skepta and Stormzy could all be on stage again, this time to pick up an award. Point made.