The 2015 BRIT Awards took place in London Wednesday night with a host of stunning performances, a parade of jaw-dropping fashions, some memorable moments and a few missteps. Here’s a recap of the star-studded evening with the best red carpet looks, a list of winners and a few moments that stuck.
Taylor Swift opened the music awards show, hosted by TV personalities Anthony McPartlin and Declan Donnelly, at the O2 Arena in Peninsula Square with a performance of “Blank Space." The singer was dressed in a simple black blazer and fishnet leggings. Her backup dancers donned porkpie hats and white vests as Swift belted the lyrics to her mega hit song.
The most-talked-about moment from the British-music awards show was Madonna’s epic fall during a performance of “Living for Love.” The singer wore a long, flowing cape, which appeared to get caught on a backup dancer’s horned head piece. The queen of pop took a tumble down a short flight of stairs but later said she was “fine.”
American rapper Kanye West’s performance, complete with pyrotechnics, was a true show-stopper. He even got front-row music executives on their feet – albeit at his request. The singer’s wife, reality-TV star Kim Kardashian, also got some face time when she tried to take a selfie on stage with hosts McPartlin and Donnelly but failed because the phone was locked.
“Stay With Me” singer Sam Smith and singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran were the night’s top winners, scoring two trophies each at Britain’s most-anticipated music awards. Here’s a list of the night’s winners, courtesy of Rolling Stone:
International Male Solo Artist -- Pharrell Williams
International Female Solo Artist -- Taylor Swift
International Group -- Foo Fighters
British Female Solo Artist -- Paloma Faith
British Male Solo Artist -- Ed Sheeran British Group: Royal Blood
British Artist Video of the Year -- One Direction, "You and I"
British Breakthrough Act -- Sam Smith
Mastercard British Album -- Ed Sheeran, X
British Producer -- Paul Epworth.
British Single -- Mark Ronson ft Bruno Mars, "Uptown Funk"
British Global Success Award -- Sam Smith
Critics' Choice Awards -- James Bay