Taylor Swift and her pals Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith were all big winners Wednesday at the 2015 Brit Awards in London…while Madonna narrowly escaped injury during her performance.
Ed took home the night’s top prize — MasterCard British Album of the Year — for his album X [Multiply] and beat out recent Grammy winner Sam for the British Male Solo Artist award. But Sam won the Global Success Award and the British Breakthrough Act award. Taylor nabbed the International Female Solo Artist prize.
The unstoppable trio also delivered separate performances during the night. After walking the red carpet in a stunning black gown with a red dragon emblazoned on the back, Taylor changed into a black tuxedo jacket and took the stage to belt out her hit “Blank Space.” Sam soulfully performed “Lay Me Down,” and Ed serenaded the audience with his song “Bloodstream.”
Best British Single went to “Uptown Funk” by Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars. Pharrell Williams picked up the award for International Male Solo Artist award, and One Direction snagged British Artist Video of the Year for the “You & I” video. The boy band wasn’t there to claim their prize, but they recorded a thank you message for everyone who voted for them.
A highly-anticipated performance by Madonna — her first appearance on the Brits in 20 years — closed out the show. The performance of “Living for Love” hit a snag when a dancer tried to remove the singer’s black cape; the action sent the singer tumbling backwards down some stairs. Despite the nasty fall, Madonna barely missed a beat and finished the song like pro. Later, on Instagram, she posted, “My beautiful cape was tied too tight! But nothing can stop me and love really lifted me up! Thanks for your good wishes! I’m fine!”
Earlier in the day, before her Brit Awards appearance, Taylor surprised a fan who camped out for 20 hours just to catch a glimpse of the star as she stopped by BBC Radio 1. “I just sat near the entrance. More people started arriving from 5 p.m. and throughout the night. It was freezing cold but the atmosphere was so exciting,” fan Sinead Murray told Buzzfeed. “Taylor followed me on Tumblr a few months ago and so I had been uploading pictures to show her there were lots of people there and that we were excited to see her.”
Taylor apparently noticed the Tumblr posts and tracked down Sinead. They chatted and took selfies together. “I am completely blown away that my idol wanted to meet me and I can’t thank her enough,” Sinead said. “She’s even more of an angel in person – if that’s at all possible.”
Here is the complete list of Brit Awards winners:
British Male Solo Artist
British Female Solo Artist
British Breakthrough Act
Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars — “Uptown Funk”
MasterCard British Album of the Year
Ed Sheeran — x
British Producer of the Year
British Artist Video of the Year
One Direction — “You & I”
International Male Solo Artist
International Female Solo Artist
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