The best Brits 2015 moments: Kanye, Kim, Cowell and the secret of Sam Smith’s success

Meanwhile, Paloma Faith owned the stage - and Madonna fell off it...

Last night’s Brits was full of brilliant award wins. Taylor Swift and Paloma Faith took home their first Britannia trophies, while Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith pretty much divvied up the rest of the awards between them, with Sheeran scooping Album of the Year and Smith the whopping Global Success accolade. But amid all prize-giving there was plenty of other stuff going on. Like this…


The Kanye jokes 

Ever since he stormed the stage to interrupt Taylor Swift’s 2009 MTV VMA awards acceptance speech (he thought Beyonce deserved the win), Kanye’s become fodder for award ceremony jokes. Last night was no different with hosts Ant and Dec making several references to the musician, including: “If he thinks Beyoncé deserves your award, just give it to him.” Later, when Swift took to the stage to accept her Best International Female Artist award they added, “… and congrats to Kanye for staying in his seat.”

The presenter bingo machine

There are often some interesting pairings when it comes to presenting duties at the Brits (none more infamous than Sam Fox with Mick Fleetwood, whose notable height difference and apparent lack of media training made for a fair bit of awkwardness). But Ant and Dec have explained it away. It’s all down to a bingo machine apparently. Out pop numbered balls and they match up to a celebrity. So, seemingly that’s how Lewis Hamilton ended up with Ellie Goulding and Rita Ora with Orlando Bloom. Russell Crowe came along solo – surely an opportunity missed there, whoever you put him with…

Simon Cowell gets a dressing up 

Ant and Dec took a wander around the celebrities who were enjoying front row seats for last night’s performances – including their boss Simon Cowell. But they had a bone to pick with him about his interpretation of ‘black tie’, namely that he wasn’t wearing one. They had it covered though, whipping out an H&M tie for him to pop on. He wore it for about a minute before returning to his classic unbuttoned look.

Paloma Faith owns the stage

Paloma Faith was named Best Female Solo artist last night and you bet your bottom dollar she was going to enjoy her time on the stage for her first Brits win. Paloma said she was donating her award to the “underdogs and the grafters”. She also revealed her excitement at seeing her posters around Greenwich station “legally” after admitting she’d been arrested twice while handed out flyers when she first started out.

Sam Smith dished on the secret to success

Sam Smith added another truck load of awards to his name last night, including Breakthrough Artist. His top tip for chart success? Get dumped. This was his advice to this year’s Critics’ Choice James Bay, suggesting a little heartache would result in a hit track.

Lisa Snowdon gets a hello from Lionel Ritchie

Lisa Snowdon can die happy now. The Capital FM DJ was excited after she got a “hello” from her presenting partner Lionel Ritchie. Ok, so he didn’t sing it, or add “Is it me you’re looking for?”, and technically it was aimed at the entire audience rather than just her, but any hello from Lionel is a trophy in itself, right?

Kim K takes a selfie

Ant and Dec weren’t about to waste an opportunity to be on the same stage as Kim Kardashian and after she presented an award, pulled her in for a selfie. She said it didn’t work and when she tried to take another one, Dec panicked she was going to start looking through his photos. Kim’s mum Kris Jenner later posted this picture of them all.

Jimmy Carr pokes fun at Ant and Dec

Comedian Jimmy Car couldn’t quite seem to believe his luck walking out on stage with model Karlie Kloss. But it was his jibe at hosts Ant and Dec referencing their old TV gig that tickled me: “This is the best episode of CD:UK. They’ve made some changes, I love it.”


Madonna falls over – and gets right back up again

The biggest shock of the night wasn’t an unexpected winner but Madonna stacking it during her performance. It appears the pop legend’s oversized Armani cape was tied too tightly round her neck, so when it was meant to be whipped off she was pulled down the stairs with it. The Queen of Pop didn’t miss a note though and finished the performance to rapturous applause (and some sympathy, memes and gifs from Twitter).

See the full list of winners from the night here