Dua Lipa and Stormzy scoop top gongs at Brit Awards

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By Sallyann Nicholls
Dua Lipa and Stormzy scoop top gongs at Brit Awards
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Music industry superstars took to the red carpet at the annual Brit Awards last night (21 February), which saw singer-songwriter Dua Lipa and hip hop artist Stormzy claiming two trophies each in the top categories.

Lipa, who shot to stardom in 2015, came top for British Female Solo Artist and British Breakthrough Act, while Stormzy scooped the British Solo Male Artist and the British Album of the Year awards.

Lorde, Foo Fighters and Kendrick Lamar also walked away with gongs.

Brit Award-winners are mostly chosen by a ballot of over 1,000 music industry members, but in some categories they are settled by public vote.

Music legend Elton John also made an appearance at the event to support "dear friend" Ed Sheeran, who's signed to his Rocket Music label, but his video message attracted attention for all the wrong reasons.

His awkward pronounciation of the 27-year-old star's surname tickled the internet, leaving many to question his true friendship with the star.

Many attendees carried white rose pins and flowers at the event in support of the Time's Up and Me Too movements, but not everyone was satisfied by the gesture.

Singer Paloma Faith told BBC News: "The only thing I'm upset about tonight is not more men carrying white roses. I think they should have."

The campaigns came to prominence after a sea of sexual assault allegations were levied at Hollywood stars late last year, prompting the wider world to share their own stories with "MeToo" and "TimesUp" hashtags on social media.

Victims of the Manchester Arena bombing were also honoured at the Brits. Mancunian Liam Gallagher performed Oasis classic ‘Live Forever’ in tribute to the 22 people who died when a suicide bomber detonated his device outside an Ariana Grande concert in May 2017.

Gallagher stepped in at the last minute to replace American pop star Grande, who had been scheduled to perform at the show but pulled out within hours due to illness.