The domed roof of London’s O2 Arena resonated, Feb. 15, with the deafening music of the 31st Brit Awards.
Fresh from their Grammy wins, and with no signs of jetlag Rihanna, Arcade Fire and Cee Lo Green swooped in to perform and collect their gongs at the annual U.K. fest.
Justin Bieber may have missed out on a Grammy, but a Brit Award was his for the taking, nabbing a tropy for international breakthrough act.
Following best British male Plan B’s riotous performance, there was a moment of tension, as a stuntman in black ran down the stage fully ablaze. Host James Corden cried out in horrified concern: “Is Justin Bieber okay? The amount of hair products that boy puts in, he could’ve gone up in flames. That wasn’t Bieber, was it?”
Closing the show, Green proved he was, as host Corden claimed, “The coolest mother forgetter in the room.” Setting the post-kudos tempo with a rendition of “Forget You,” Green substituted his Grammy’s perf grand piano and Gwyneth Paltrow for a Great British combo of a Jaguar E-Type and songstress Paloma Faith.
Green’s final words to the 16,000-strong crowd were “The party’s at my place.” But, the numerous afterparties across the capital meant there was no need. The most sought-after bash was, as usual, Universal’s, with its guests cruising along the Thames from Greenwich, onto the plush Savoy hotel.