Highlights From The 2013 Brit Awards From Taylor Swift's Performance To Justin Timberlake's Comeback

21 February 2013 by

It's the morning after the Brit Awards, and Grazia's head is feeling a little bit sore after the biggest night in the music calender. It kicked off with a bang, literally, as Muse opened the show with accompanying pyrotechnics - and One Direction, Taylor Swift, and Justin Timberlake were among the performers. Emeli Sande and Ben Howard were the big winners of the night, picking up two awards each. But as always with the Brits, the most memorable moments had little to do with who won what. Here are our highlights from last night...

1. Taylor Swift steals the show

With her ex Harry Styles sat just metres away, Taylor Swift took to the stage to perform the song apparently written all about him - Trouble. And it was amazing. Obviously keen to show she's doing JUST FINE without him and is NOT AT ALL bitter, she wore - what else - a wedding dress, which she whipped off halfway through to reveal some tiny black satin hotpants.  To be honest, they could have just played Taylor Swift's performance of Trouble on a loop for two hours and we'd have been happy. Performance of the night, for sure.

2. Everyone teases Harry Styles

In a perfect piece of timing, Taylor Swift was still walking off the stage after presenting an award when the camera cut to James Corden interviewing Harry Styles about his love life. "Sharon Osbourne is here, Annie Lennox is here...who have you got your eye on?" he teased, as Hazza hid his head his face in embarassment. Then, when Sharon Osbourne took to the stage later on to present an award, she also ribbed the 1D star. "Where is that little Harry Potter boy," she said. "Has he got his little magic stick with him? That's his willy." Well, he does like the older ladies....

3. Adele doesn't get cut off

If the amount of times he mentioned it last night was anything to go by, James Corden still feels pretty bad about cutting off Adele's acceptance speech last year. Perhaps Adele was still getting over it too - because she choose to stay away from the ceremony, despite winning best single for Skyfall - and delivered her acceptance speech by video link from LA. "I don't want to keep you too much because I don't want to interupt the Best Album speech at the end of the night."

4. 1D play a giant video game

It was only released at the weekend, but One Direction's cover of Blondie's One Way Or Another is already number one in 60 different countries. 1D are now so big that the Brits even invented a new award for them - Global Success. They sang the Comic Relief single live for the first time at last night's ceremony, wearing leather, on top of a giant pinball machine. Why? Because they're One Direction and they can do whatever they want, ok?

5. JT's comeback

Justin Timberlake's duet with Kylie back in 2003 (*applies anti-ageing cream*) was one of our favourite Brits moments ever - so we were pretty excited about him returning to the ceremony last night. Yes, we'd all have preferred a greatest hits medley, but we settled for a performance of new song Mirrors. He's still got it...even if his suit is too shiny.

6. Rita Ora's dress

It may look like satin, but Rita Ora's Brits dress was actually made of peach coloured marble. At least we think that's why she had to employ someone just to carry it around for her all night.

7. Ben Howard's parents get emotional

It was a big night for Ben Howard who scooped up two of Damien Hirst’s spotty statues and its fair to say he was pretty surprised. But not as much as his mum who was so shocked when he thanked her in his speech that she threw water all over herself. Despite being completely soaked, she was delighted for his win and both she and his dad looked very proud indeed. Aww.

8. Robbie's optical illusion set

Robbie Williams band played the best game of hide and seek ever. They matched their outfits to the set so when Robbie stepped out to perform his hit single Candy they appeared as if by magic out of nowhere. We had to stop looking after a while though as the black and white pattern made our eyes go a bit goggly. And no, that wasn’t the champagne. Watch the performance here.

The 2013 Brit Award Winners in full:

Best Female Solo Artist - Emeli Sandé

British Breakthrough Act - Ben Howard

British Male - Ben Howard

International Female Solo Artist - Lana Del Ray

British Live Act - Coldplay

British Single - Adele - Skyfall

International Group - The Black Keys

International Male - Frank Ocean

Special Recognition - Warchild

British Album - Emeli Sandé - Our Version of Events

Global Success - One Direction




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