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  • Writer's pictureSophie Harkness

Some Thoughts On... The Brit Awards 2019 Performances


Hellooo! Last Wednesday was the 2019 Brit Awards filled with plenty of artists and a number of performances! I always look forward to and enjoy The Brit Awards and this year was no different! The Brits have put together a YouTube playlist of all the performances from the night so you can catch up if you didn't see the show on the night!​​

Hugh Jackman opened the evening with a performance of The Greatest Show from The Greatest Showman along with an army of dancers! The performance also featured a range of aerial acrobats and fire eaters and closed with Jack Whitehall joining them on stage before presenting the rest of the show. It was the perfect opening for The Brits and a great advert for Hugh Jackman's upcoming tour! I do wish he was dressed like his character from the film or that he brought out another cast member or two but I guess he was treating the performance as a taster of his tour. The second performance of the night was George Ezra singing his hit single Shotgun! I liked the colourful graphics on the huge screen behind him, particularly the sun at the start! He put on a great show and I liked the addition of The Hot 8 Brass Band as it added a unique element to the performance. Side note, I also love his red guitar! Jorja Smith was the next to take to the stage with the most stripped back performance of the night. The production suited the song well and I loved the spotlight ring around the stage Jorja was on.

Little Mix's performance of Woman Like Me featuring Ms Banks was a stark contrast to Jorja Smith's and I loved the energy behind the performance. They nailed every dance move while still singing loved the pink costumes however, the fact that they matched the rest of

the dancers meant that they didn't stand out when the camera filmed them from a distance. I liked the addition of Ms Banks and loved the overall performance. I also liked that although the performance was tailored more towards being filmed, I imagine it also looked impressive for the individuals watching it in person.

Next to perform was the supergroup comprising of Rag'n'Bone Man, Sam Smith and Dua Lipa and lead by Calvin Harris! The performance of Giant, Promises and One Kiss was incredible and showed the diverse range of Calvin Harris' production style. Each section of the performance was unique to the artist and song but still flowed well as a whole. I loved the staging behind Rag'n'Bone Man's section featuring the song Giant and the power in his voice. I also really liked how the transition between the first and second section was signalled by the lights focusing on the disco ball which was simple but hugely effective. This lead into Sam Smith's time on stage and I loved his performance

of Promises. Next up was Dua Lipa with One Kiss and I love that it used similar staging to Rag'n'Bone Man yet it looked completely different. Overall, all three artists were great and I loved that Calvin Harris had his section on the stage using keyboards and the sound desk.

Jess Glynne took to the stage next singing Thursday featuring H.E.R. and I loved their unique performance. The stage full of individuals removing their makeup matched the story behind the song perfectly and although there are many music videos with this sort of message, I don't think I've ever seen anything like this in a live performance. The volume of people doing the same thing sent such a powerful message. My only issue was that H.E.R. kept her glasses on and I don't think she took her makeup off which stood out from everyone else. I'm not sure why she didn't join everyone else as it would've made it look even more powerful. The penultimate performance was from The 1975 with their track Sincerity Is Scary. I like that the production of their performance felt like it was a clip from one of their tours rather than a performance devised especially for The Brits. I liked the use of the screen behind the band in combination with the treadmill floor Matty was on.

Finally, P!nk closed The Brit Awards with a medley of some of her more recent hits. Her performance began with her new single Walk Me Home before continuing with Just Like Fire, Just Give Me A Reason, Try and What About Us. I loved how she began her

performance by getting ready while singing the first ​​song in her set. Next, she descended from the ceiling sitting in a hoop while belting out Just Like Fire, surrounded by flamethrowers and pyrotechnics. I love that P!nk always incorporates performance aspects such as aerial acrobatics into her shows and this set definitely included a range of styles that I imagine you would find in her tours! Bastille's Dan joined P!nk on stage for Just Give Me A Reason which was originally a duet with Nate Ruess. P!nk and Dan worked well together and I loved their duet! Next was an incredible performance of Try which saw P!nk drenched in a shower of water which cleverly had images projected onto it in sync with her performance. It was such a innovate production that had me fascinated as I watched! P!nk's final song was What About Us which is a song I LOVE! P!nk's performance definitely did not disappoint and I loved all the other performers on stage and I just loved it all! P!nk closed The Brit Awards with an overall amazing performance and her voice was incredible from start to finish! The Brits may have opened with The Greatest Showman but I'd say they closed with The Greatest Showwoman!

All in all, there was a wide variety of performances during The Brit Awards 2019 and all unique in their own ways. I loved that every performance was completely different and I think my favourites were Hugh Jackman, Little Mix, Calvin Harris and his supergroup and P!nk! I also really liked the originality of Jess Glynne's performance!

Thanks for reading!

Sophie

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