Wednesday’s Brit Awards saw home-grown acts Ben Howard and Emeli Sandé take top prizes and featured performances by the likes of Ed Sheeran and Muse. TV Ratings for the annual awards ceremony reached an eight-year high.
WINNING THE NIGHT: A number of performances at the celebration received special praise. Singer Adele, who won two major awards on Wednesday, was “the queen of the night” and gave a “spine-tingling(...)" performance, contended Caroline Frost at the Huffington Post. Metro music critic Ann Lee thought it was Blur who “stole the show” with a “spectacular(...)"set. Non-Brit Justin Timberlake, who debuted his new single “Mirrors,” also received accolades: at The Daily Mirror Stephanie Wood called Timberlake’ s performance “swoon-inducing(...)" and Jessica Biel tweeted that the American singer “killed it on the Brits(...)" Biel is Timberlake’s wife.
THE EVENT on the whole, however, seemed to elicit less of a thrill from some viewers. A post from The Independent asked if the 2013 show was the “most boring Brit Awards ever” and lamented, “The Brit Awards used to be exciting. For one of the pop-iest events in the music calendar, they were even a bit rock 'n' roll(...)" Sun showbiz editor Gordon Smart seemed to have similar feelings, writing of the night, "Well, rock'n'roll is officially dead. Where have all the rock stars gone?(...)" Winners of major awards are listed below.