Adele claims BRIT Awards hat-trick
It was a good night for WME clients at the BRIT Awards, with triumphs for Dua Lipa, Olivia Rodrigo, Bruno Mars and Dave, and a hat-trick of honours for Adele.
Adele, who is repped by Lucy Dickins and Kirk Sommer on the touring circuit, took Song of the Year and Album of the Year for Easy On Me and 30, respectively, and was also crowned the inaugural Artist of the Year at last night’s (8 February) ceremony at The O2 in London. The gender-neutral award was introduced following the decision to scrap the male and female categories.
“I understand why the name of this award has changed but I really love being a woman and being a female artist,” said the singer. “I’m really proud of us.”
Elsewhere, Dua Lipa picked up the prize for Best Pop/R&B – one of four new genre awards – Dave took the Hip-Hop/Grime/Rap gong and Olivia Rodrigo’s Good 4 U was named International Song of the Year, while Mars claimed Best International Group with Anderson .Paak for their superduo, Silk Sonic.
US star Doja Cat withdrew from the event due to Covid cases within her crew
Paak is represented by ICM Partners/Primary Talent International outside North America. ICM/Primary acts also won out in the Best New Artist (Little Simz) and Group (Wolf Alice) categories.
Other victors included Ed Sheeran (Songwriter of the Year), who is represented by One Fiinix Live, Paradigm’s Billie Eilish (International Artist) and CAA’s Sam Fender (Alternative/Rock) and Becky Hill (Dance).
With US star Doja Cat withdrawing from the event a week before it took place due to Covid cases within her crew, the line-up for the UK music industry’s biggest night was comprised entirely of domestic acts. Kicking off with a surprise collaboration between Ed Sheeran and Bring Me The Horizon, performers also included Adele, Anne-Marie/KSI/Digital Farm Animals, Dave, Rising Star winner Holly Humberstone, Liam Gallagher, Little Simz and Sam Fender.
The full list of winners was as follows:
Song of the Year – Adele, Easy On Me
International Song of the Year – Olivia Rodrigo, Good 4 U
Pop/R&B Act – Dua Lipa
Alternative/Rock Act – Sam Fender
Dance Act – Becky Hill
Group – Wolf Alice
International Artist of the Year – Billie Eilish
Best New Artist – Little Simz
Hip Hop/Grime/Rap Act – Dave
International Group – Silk Sonic
Artist of the Year – Adele
Songwriter of the Year – Ed Sheeran
Mastercard Album of the Year – Adele, 30
Rising Star – Holly Humberstone
Producer of the Year – Inflo
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