The winners, snubs and best fashion looks: Everything you may have missed from the Brit Awards 2023

Here's everything you may have missed at the Brit Awards 2023
Here's everything you may have missed at the Brit Awards 2023 Copyright AP Photo
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Harry Styles wins big: Everything you may have missed from the Brit Awards

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It was a night of glitz, glamour, and accolades at the Brit Awards on Saturday night, which returned to London's O2 Arena. 

Hosted by Mo Gilligan, the evening had some incredible performances from the likes of Stormzy, Lizzo, Lewis Capaldi, Wet Leg, Sam Smith and Kim Petras. 

Harry Styles was the evening's big winner. 

The former One Directioner won four major prizes, including the coveted album of the year, pop/R&B act, song of the year, and artist of the year. 

Not bad for a guy who started off on a talent show. 

In his acceptance speech, Styles thanked his mum for signing him up for 'X Factor', the show that catapulted him to fame with boyband One Direction.

The winners

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Harry Styles on stage accepting the award for Artist of the Year at the Brit Awards 2023Vianney Le Caer/Invision

But it wasn't just Styles who had a great night.

Female-led indie rock band Wet Leg took home trophies for group of the year and best new artist, while Beyoncé added two Brits to her already crowded shelf of awards. The international superstar won international artist of the year and international song of the year for "Break My Soul."

Ireland’s Fontaines DC was named international group of the year and David Guetta was declared producer of the year.

The 1975 picked up the prize for best rock/alternative act while Becky Hill won for best dance act.

Hill gave a special mention to the queer community in her acceptance speech, for the role its play in the genre's roots. 

“I think Beyoncé actually said it best in her Grammys speech,” said Hill. “We all have the queer community to thank for the best genre on earth.”

Manchester-born rapper Aitch took home the award for best hip hop/grime/rap act, beating off competition from fellow nominees Stormzy, Loyle Carner, Central Cee and Dave. 

The full list of winners can be found at the bottom of this article.

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Wet Leg on stage accepting the award for Group of the Year at the Brit Awards 2023Vianney Le Caer/Invision
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Aitch receives his award on stage at the Brit Awards 2023Vianney Le Caer/Invision
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Becky Hill receives her award on stage at the Brit Awards 2023Vianney Le Caer/Invision

The snubs

The nominations for this year's Brit Awards sparked huge debate online after no women were nominated for the best artist category.

All five nominees for the prize were men: Stormzy, Central Cee, Fred Again, George Ezra and the category winner, Harry Styles. 

This comes after the Brit Awards made a landmark move in 2021 to eliminate gendered categories in an effort to be more inclusive, following calls from artists such as Sam Smith and Will Young to make the award show gender-neutral.

Sam Smith, who came out as non-binary in 2019 and uses they/them pronouns, was automatically excluded from that year's best British male and female categories, despite being a highly successful artist who would typically be considered for such prizes. 

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While last year's gender-neutral best artist prize was won by Adele, many on social media have called this year's nominations a step back in progress and a snub to female artists like Charlie XCX, Florence + The Machine and Mabel, who were all eligible for a nomination and enjoyed high-profile releases in 2022.

Styles even gave shoutouts to Charli XCX, Rina Sawayama, Mabel, Florence + The Machine and Becky Hill as he collected his award for best artist. performers who failed to make the Brits' all-male artist of the year shortlist.

In an interview at the Brits, Charli XCX was asked why she wasn’t an artist tf the year nominee, despite being nominated in the gest pop/r&b category.

“Great question. I’ve heard a lot of chat about the fact there weren’t enough females in album cycle and that’s why no one was nominated,” said Charli. “But, I was in album cycle and I had a Number One album."

There was also controversy surrounding the best pop and R&B prize, for it's lack of R&B representation.

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Leicester-born R&B singer Mahalia let her feelings be known on the red carpet, wearing a Burberry coat featuring artwork by Nigerian artist Olaolu Slawn which read, "Long live R&B".

"It's a genre I feel very passionate about and I don't think it's talked about enough," said Mahalia in an interview at the award show. 

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The Brit Awards is nothing without a light sprinkling of awkwardly scripted banter. But one particular incident involving singer-songwriters Tom Grennan and Ellie Goulding sparked strong backlash online. 

While presenting award together, Grennan commented, “Don’t I look good next to Ellie Goulding?”.

“I love what you’re doing,” he said while gesturing to her outfit, which featured a black breast-plated top. “Are they your real boobs?” he then asked.

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Goulding responded by saying that they were not hers and that hers were further apart. Grennan faced severe backlash for the conversation.

While Grennan immediately received criticism online, Goulding took to Twitter to defend the singer. 

The most memorable Brit Awards look ever?

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Sam Smith arrives at the Brit Awards red carpetVianney Le Caer/Invision

As usual there were some head-turning fashion looks on display. 

But musician Sam Smith, who goes by they/them pronouns, wore the most buzzed about look of the night, with their eye-catching black latex outfit, designed by London fashion house Harri.

Smith’s look, which included black platform heeled boots and inflatable arms and legs, did have its fans, but also inspired some to take to social media to make jokes about UFOs and Billy Connolly’s “incontinence pants” come to life. 

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Others wondered if it was an homage to one of David Bowie’s most memorable looks, the shiny, pinstripe jumpsuit with ballooning legs designed by Kansai Yamamoto that Bowie wore in 1973

Elsewhere, Lizzo turned heads in a stunning metallic Robert Wun gown, Salma Hayek and Kristen McMenamy wore striking Alexander McQueen outfits, Maya Jama stunned in a stylish Schiaparelli attire and Harry Styles opted for a Nina Ricci by Harris Reed-designed two-piece suit. 

Here is the full list of winners and nominees:

Song Of The Year - Harry Styles - As It Was

Aitch/Ashanti - Baby

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Cat Burns - Go

Dave - Starlight

Ed Sheeran & Elton John - Merry Christmas

Eliza Rose/Interplanetary Criminal - B.O.T.A. (Baddest Of Them All)

George Ezra - Green Green Grass

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Lewis Capaldi - Forget Me

LF System - Afraid To Feel

Sam Smith & Kim Petras - Unholy

Best New Artist - Wet Leg

Kojey Radical

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Mimi Webb

Rina Sawayama

Sam Ryder

Artist Of The Year - Harry Styles

Central Cee

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Fred Again

George Ezra

Stormzy

Group Of The Year - Wet Leg

The 1975

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Arctic Monkeys

Bad Boy Chiller Crew

Nova Twins

International Group Of The Year - Fontaines DC

Blackpink

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Drake & 21 Savage

First Aid Kit

Gabriels

Best Pop/R&B Act (public vote) - Harry Styles

Cat Burns

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Charli XCX

Dua Lipa

Harry Styles

Sam Smith

Best Rock/Alternative Act (public vote) - The 1975

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Arctic Monkeys

Nova Twins

Tom Grennan

Wet Leg

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Best Dance Act - Becky Hill

Bonobo

Calvin Harris

Eliza Rose

Fred Again

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Best Hip Hop/Grime/Rap Act (public vote) - Aitch

Central Cee

Dave

Loyle Carner

Stormzy

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International Artist Of The Year - Beyonce

Burna Boy

Kendrick Lamar

Lizzo

Taylor Swift

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International Song Of The Year - Beyonce - Break My Soul

David Guetta & Bebe Rexha - I'm Good (Blue)

Fireboy DML & Ed Sheeran - Peru

Gaitan / Castillo / Adassa / Feliz We Don't Talk About Bruno

Gayle - ABCDEFU

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Jack Harlow - First Class

Lizzo - About Damn Time

Lost Frequencies/Calum Scott - Where Are You Now

OneRepublic - I Ain't Worried

Taylor Swift - Anti-Hero

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Album Of The Year - Harry Styles, Harry's House

The 1975 - Being Funny In A Foreign Language

Wet Leg - Wet Leg

Stormzy - This Is What I Mean

Fred Again - Actual Life 3

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Video editor • Theo Farrant

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