Emeli Sande lands first honour at the 2017 BRIT Awards

April AlvarezFeb 23, 2017

Britain's music industry will salute chart-topping talent and departed icons at the 2017 Brit Awards. It will air in a national spot on ITV during the Brits TV coverage, directing viewers to its radio, digital and social channels.

The band was joined at the award show by fellow nominees Bastille at The O2 Arena on Wednesday evening (February 22) in London, England.

And one category us in the north-east are particularly eager to hear the victor for is British Female Solo Artist.

It will compete against Skepta's Mercury Prize-winning album Konnichiwa, The 1975's I Like It When You Sleep For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It, Kano's Made In The Manor and Michael Kiwanuka's Love & Hate.

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He said: "The songs in the category and the artists are so much bigger than I am, so I'm not expecting to win anything. Please don't do that". Drake was named worldwide male solo artist, while Beyonce took the global female prize.

As well as honouring Bowie, the Brits paid tribute to George Michael, who died on Christmas day.

The tribute was followed by a performance of Michael's hit A Different Corner by Coldplay frontman Chris Martin, in which he dueted with the late star via live video footage of him performing the song.

Little Mix opened the show with a performance of "Shout Out To My Ex", while Katy Perry, Bruno Mars, The 1975 all performed.

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"Oh my days", said the singer, whose real name is Rory Graham.

Adele, who took four Grammys last week, is not up for the Brits because her album "25" was eligible previous year, and took four Brits. She won this year's Global Success award, which recognizes worldwide sales.

"I lost my dad previous year, but I also became a dad", said Jones, 45, "and I was spending a lot of time after getting over the shock of trying to work out what would I want my son to know about his granddad".

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