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Sarah Jane Griffiths and Genevieve Hassan

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  1. The Brits has left the building:

    Sarah Jane Griffiths

    Entertainment reporter

    Thanks for joining us for 2015's Brit Awards - it's all over for another year! A good night for Sam Smith and Ed Sheeran, who both took two awards during a fairly average ceremony.

    We're already looking forward to photos of the multiple after-parties - but whatever happens, it will have to be something pretty special to get everyone talking about anything other than Madonna.

  2. Madonna: 'I'm fine!'

    We were totally consumed with shock at Madonna's fall, we missed most of her performance of Living For Love. We hope she's not hurt!

    Madonna's Instagram

    Stop the press! It sounds like she's ok. She just posted a picture of her cape on her Instagram account referring to her extremely apt song lyrics: "Armani hooked me up! 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!"


  3. Madonna breaks the internet


    Twitter erupted as Madonna took a tumble during her performance of Living for Love that closed this evening's Brits, here's some of the reaction:

    • Sanjay Sood-Smith: "I think Madonna may well have just broken the internet by falling backwards down some stairs on the Brits, sorry Kim Kardashian."
    • Dan Deacon: "Can someone tell me @Madonna is ok ? Was this one of those Brits meets Casualty hybrid programmes????"
    • Jarett Wieselman: ""Poor Madonna" is trending worldwide right now."
    • Richard Madeley: "And Madonna's recovery from a really bad fall was the perfect reply. Well done M."
    • Little Boots: "At least someone did a performance exciting enough to involve the risk of tripping up."
    • Simon: "Forget about Ellen's most tweeted selfie. That Madonna vids gonna break some records."
    • John Niven: "The good news is I bet Madonna is taking that tumble in really good humour. having a laugh. Not sacking anyone."
  4. Madonna's tumble


    @BBCNewsEnts just tweeted a link to the video of Madonna's tumble (warning strong language).

  5. Post update

    ***GASP*** Madonna has fallen down the stairs!!!

  6. Post update

    Ed Sheeran seemed pretty bowled over by who presented his award, saying "Russell Crowe everyone! Sick!" as he got on stage.

    He told the crowd his album "took a long time to make and I didn't expect this".

    "It's been a very good year for British music and I think it's a night to celebrate the whole thing."

    "It's nice to meet you," he directed at Russell as he left the stage.

    Russell Crowe and Ed Sheeran
  7. Post update

    British album of the year - Ed Sheeran

  8. Post update


    "Aaaaaaayyyyyyy! Congrats @MarkRonson Thank you to everyone for making this happen."

  9. Post update

    Simon Cowell picked up One Direction's fifth Brit Award for them.

    "This is so exciting," he said. "The boys are in Japan and made up a speech in case they did win... They want to thank their fans... I'm incredibly excited and want to say officially thank you to the boys, you're amazing."

    Simon Cowell
  10. Post update

    British artist video of the year - One Direction, You and I

  11. Post update

    Paloma Faith

    Someone alert health and safety! There's a lot of water on stage and there's electricity from a microphone! Paloma Faith is dicing with electrocution during her performance.

    She obviously forgot to thank some people earlier after her award win as she's thanked a few more guys at the end of the song.

  12. Post update

    Sam Smith took the stage for a third time this evening to collect his award.

    "I really didn't expect this," he said before thanking his "amazing team" including his three managers (yes, three).

  13. Post update

    British breakthrough act - Sam Smith

  14. Post update

    Now it's George Ezra's on stage for a performance of his sing-a-long hit Budapest.

    George Ezra
  15. Foos thanks

    Appearing by video message, Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl said: "Sorry we couldn't make it to the party tonight, but we'll be there soon."

  16. Uptown Funk wins

    Mark Ronson

    "This is incredible," said Mark Ronson on stage, collecting the best single award.

    "I wouldn't be holding this without the world's most talented Hawaiian, Mr Bruno Mars, and I'm going to share this with him for sure."

    He also thanked his "amazing wife Josephine" and manager as well as "people like Lionel Richie and The Commodores and Earth Wind and Fire and James Brown - the people that invented this genre of funk."

  17. Post update

    Best international group - Foo Fighters

  18. Bastille's Dan


    "Wow. The chuckle brothers are presenting the Brits."

  19. Post update

    Best British single - Mark Ronson ft Bruno Mars - Uptown Funk

  20. Post update

    Mark Savage

    Entertainment reporter at the Brit Awards

    You might not have heard much of the Kanye West song, with ITV having to mute the sound almost every 10 seconds... but, for some fans, it was the first chance to hear a song they've been hankering after for two years.

    West first talked about All Day in a 2013 GQ interview, saying it had the ferocious intensity of a Jay-Z track, "but Jay's not on there".

    Whether the Brit Awards was the right place to premiere such a dark, inscrutable track is another matter... but West has never been one to compromise.

  21. Post update

    Brit Award veterans Take That are the next act to take the stage, their first time performing as a three piece at the event.

    Take That
  22. Pharrell's thanks

    Pharrell Williams

    Pharrell appeared by video link waving his Brit and said: "I appreciate you guys, your great nation, for turning the song [Happy] into what it's become. It means the world so it's an honour for me to hold this."

  23. Post update

    International male solo artist - Pharrell Williams

  24. Kanye takes the floor

    Ant and Dec and Kim Kardashian

    After handing Sam Smith his award, Kim Kardashian told the arena: "I want everyone to get on their feet and welcome my husband, Kanye West."

    Kanye West

    It must have been pretty sweary, as anyone watching the ITV broadcast didn't hear much in between the bursts of flamethrowers on stage. And was he saying "I love Zane Lowe" at the end?

  25. Sam Smith's speech

    "Oh my gosh, since I was a little kid I dreamed of people all over the world singing my songs and although I've got a long way to go, this shows that I'm stepping in the right direction. So thank you to all my fans."

    Sam Smith
  26. Post update

    The Brits global success award 2015 has been handed to Sam Smith

  27. Brit Awards - Your views

    Lots of you have been getting in touch with your thoughts on the awards so far:

    Cal Turner tweets: "Best British group - Royal Blood #BRITs2015. Never heard of them. Does this mean I'm officially old? Lol."

    Stuie Neale: "So glad Ed & Taylor won awards

    Jake Allen emails: "Not having one of the best bands in the world & by far the best current British Band - Kasabian - makes these "awards" an absolute joke.

    Paul Greenwood: "Shouldn't you actually have more than 1 album out to be classed as best British group? #justsayin"

    Ferne McCann: "Errrrrrmm @royalblooduk started 2 years ago for fun. They are royally amazing."

  28. Post update

    Mark Savage

    Entertainment reporter at the Brit Awards

    Taylor Swift's just come backstage with her Brit Award.

    Taylor Swift

    "I'm too excited," she told the press. "I need to calm down."

    The US star talked again about her slow build success in the UK saying: "I started out playing King's College and eight years later I'm getting ready to play Hyde Park. It's like... What?"

    She added: "I can't believe all the things I have to do tonight are over and now I get to hang out.

    "Ed Sheeran's about to play so I'm going to run."

    And run she did.

  29. Paloma wells up

    Paloma Faith was fighting back tears as she accepted her Brit, third time lucky after being nominated in 2011 and 2013.

    Paloma Faith

    "I'm so moved! It's been a long time coming. It's taken me 14 years to stand up here and accept this award and it means so much to me."

    She apologised for not doing a short speech and rambling on, before ending with: "I want to dedicate this to all the underdogs and all the grafters."

  30. Post update

    Ed Sheeran has taken to the stage to perform his new track, Bloodstream.

    Ed Sheeran
  31. Post update

    British female solo artist - Paloma Faith

  32. Taylor's British mates

    Ellie Goulding announced "Someone I'm so proud to call my friend - Taylor Swift" as the winner of best international female.

    "Oh my god, wow," said Taylor on stage. "I've been coming to England and playing shows for eight years and this is my first Brit Award, I'm so happy."

    Taylor Swift

    "Honestly I know I wouldn't be up here if it wasn't for one of my best friends, who took me to pubs and taught me to make a cup of tea. Ed Sheeran! And my other British friends Cara (Delevingne) and Ellie (Goulding) and Sam (Smith).

    "I'm very lucky to have them in my life. I'm very lucky to have my British fans - I love you and I'm very lucky to have my first Brit Award, thank you."

    No sign of a stage storm from Kanye either, who seemed to have stayed in his seat.

  33. Post update

    Time for another performance - this time Royal Blood, fresh from their best British group prize.

    Royal Blood
  34. Get involved

    Tweet @BBCNewsEnts or email

    Let us know what you think of the winners and performances so far. Are you happy Ed Sheeran beat Sam Smith for the best British male solo artist? Get in touch!

  35. Post update

    Mark Savage

    Entertainment reporter at the Brit Awards

    The neon signs dressing the O2 Arena carry the same quotes as the ones Tracey Emin scribbled all over this year's Brits trophy.

    They read: "Congratulations on your talent, on your life. On everything you give to others. Thank you."

  36. Post update

    International female solo artist - Taylor Swift

  37. Who's Deirdre?

    Mark Savage

    Entertainment reporter at the Brit Awards

    In case you missed it, Ed Sheeran dedicated his best British male award to "Deirdre".

    Who's Deridre? She's head of radio promotions at Ed's record label, and played a big part in helping him get heard. Today's her last day... making this the most lavish leaving do of all time.

  38. Post update


    "We're not crying. Honest. We've just got something in our eye. What a beautiful performance from @samsmithworld."

  39. Sam Smith sings

    Sam Smith took the stage for a stripped back version of Lay Me Down.

    Will it be up there with Adele's emotional performances of years gone by? Ant and Dec's verdict? "He's got a lovely set of pipes."

    Sam Smith
  40. Post update

    Mark Savage

    Entertainment reporter at the Brit Awards

    Royal Blood on winning British group: "This is a huge surprise for us, probably more of a surprise for everyone here as you may not even know who we are. This is huge, so thank you."

    His comments were met with a huge roar of support from the balcony of the O2 arena, suggesting members of the public who had made it into the ceremony had a very good idea of who the band were.

  41. Post update

    British group - Royal Blood

  42. Post update

    "That's a good way to start the night," said Ed Sheeran on stage, accepting the evening's first award.

    Ed Sheeran
  43. Post update

    British male solo artist - Ed Sheeran

  44. Kanye warning

    Our hosts Ant and Dec have reminded all tonight's winners that Kanye West is in the house. "So if he thinks Beyonce deserves your award, just give it to him!"

  45. Taylor's Blank Space

    Taylor Swift

    Taylor Swift's opened the awards on a monochrome set, with a with a group of dancers in white suits and bowler hats, before white confetti rained down on her.

    She's up for best international female later on in the ceremony.

  46. So it begins...

    It's all kicked off with dancers dressed as waiters serving dinner and women throwing food at the guests, before revealing Ant and Dec's heads on a platter under a cloche... to introduce... Taylor Swift with Blank Space.

  47. And we're off....

    The stars are all inside the arena waiting for the show to kick off... Let's do this!

  48. Lionel loves Sam


    Lionel Richie says he's a big fan of @samsmithworld. "He's on his game right now."

    Lionel Richie
  49. Little Mix nerves

    Mark Savage

    Entertainment reporter at the Brit Awards

    Little Mix are having a night off from the long slog making their third album to attend tonight's awards - but the end is in sight.

    "The album is finished. It's written," Jesy told us. "We've just got to record it now. We're so excited about bringing it out. It's coming in the summer."

    "The single is going to go to radio very soon," added Jade. "It is literally completely different to anything we've done before."

    Little Mix

    Apparently being allowed out of the studio feels a bit like being on a school trip.

    "We're a little bit nervous," admitted Jade. "We pulled up and we're like, 'oh gosh, it's been so long since we did a red carpet. I've forgotten how to smile!'"

  50. Spice world

    Mark Savage

    Entertainment reporter at the Brit Awards

    Spice Girls

    They're responsible for one of the most famous Brits moments ever and Spice Girls stars Mel C and Emma Bunton have turned up to this year's ceremony together.

    "You've got to keep me away from Kanye," Mel C told us. "If he starts getting up and getting out of hand... this is the Brits."

    "You know what she's like," added Emma. "Come and have a go if you think you're hard enough."

    Spice Girls at the Brit Awards

    Mel's also got a theory on the gender imbalance in the main categories.

    "We've been really spoiled with female acts over the last few years and it's a natural thing that a lot of the girls aren't out at the moment. Maybe they're working on new material.

    "I'm surprised Ellie Goulding isn't up for anything but maybe she didn't fit into the timeframe... You have to have something new out to be nominated. But she had a an amazing year last year.

    "But the girls will rise again. Definitely."

  51. Brits newbies

    Mark Savage

    Entertainment reporter at the Brit Awards

    US indie rockers War On Drugs admitted they weren't au fait with the Brit Awards before they got a nomination for best international group.

    "I think I'd maybe heard of it in passing," singer Adam Granduciel told us, "but no, not really."

    The band said they were almost 100% inspired by British artists though - like Led Zeppelin, The Beatles and Pink Floyd.

    "Growing up in America, wanting to play music as a kid, nothing beats British music."

    Granduciel said he doesn't have a speech ready if the band win. "But my one goal is that I get the walk-off music."

    And if Kanye storms the stage? "He'd better have his boxing gloves ready."

  52. Post update

    BBC Newsbeat

    Radio 1 and 1Xtra

    Newsbeat just tweeted this picture of Fleur East and Mark Ronson.

    Fleur and Mark Ronson

    They wrote: "This photo might no show it but we promise Fleur East & @MarkRonson get on after the whole Uptown Funk release thing."

  53. More arrivals

    Clean Bandit

    Clean Bandit arrive, fresh from their Grammy win, they're nominated for best British group and best British single for Rather Be.


    Rudimental won best British single last year for Waiting All Night.

  54. Adam's night off

    Mark Savage

    Entertainment reporter at the Brit Awards

    Adam Lambert can't wait to see Madonna perform tonight, but he's having a well-earned rest.

    "We played Wembley Arena last night [with Queen]. The audience was on fire," he told us.

    Adam Lambert

    But he has his own solo album, The Original High, coming soon. "It's very different than the Queen music. It's definitely a pop album with a lot of R&B, house music influences. But the songwriting is timeless."

    But he says this doesn't spell the end for his Queen collaboration. "We have some other things we're going to be doing. It's not the end. It's just a pause button."

  55. Kanye's pit stop


    Newsbeat tweets: "Kanye West went to Nandos before the Brits and everyone got very excited (pic via @TomRobinsonBTN)"

    Kanye in Nandos
  56. Brit award facts and figures

    Apparently, there will be 16,000 bottles of champagne popped at tonight's ceremony according to Brit organisers.

    They also say there will be 1000 sticks of rock, 3000 glow sticks and 700 cupcakes at the event.

    And with 10,000 bottles of beer and 4,000 bottles of wine, at least the losers will go home happy!

  57. Interview squatting

    Calvin Harris and Sangita Myska

    It seems like the perils of being a tall person has caught up with Calvin Harris, who ended up squatting through his interview with the BBC.

    Watch the interview.

  58. Chvrches say cheese

    Mark Savage

    Entertainment reporter at the Brit Awards

    Chvrches have been working the red carpet. The band reckon they've "a snowball's chance in hell" of winning best breakthrough act but they're excited to be here.


    "Normally when we have a day off we spend it in my house watching the telly," said singer Lauren Mayberry.

    "We started off as a writing project, so people asking us to do creative things is a lot more exciting.

    "But that doesn't mean it isn't nice to be asked to the big shiny things. I'm definitely going to come and I'm definitely going to look at a lot of stuff with my mouth open.

    "But we'll probably be quite happy to lurk back into the darkness after."

  59. Mark meets Fleur

    Mark Savage

    Entertainment reporter at the Brit Awards

    Josephine de La Baume and Mark Ronson

    Mark Ronson (who's here with wife Josephine de La Baume) has told us he couldn't predict the success of Uptown Funk.

    "There's a thing that happens when you're in the studio where everybody gets a little excited in their heads and they're like 'oh this is going to be a big smash'. But you don't really know until you start to play it for other people."

    The song was originally scheduled to be released in January, which would have made it ineligible for the Brits - until Fleur East performed it on the X Factor and Ronson's label rush-released his version.

    He told us: "I just met Fleur for the first time and gave her a big hug and said thank you. The whole thing about this record has been insane."

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    Jessie Ware

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  61. Calvin: 'I won't win'

    Mark Savage

    Entertainment reporter at the Brit Awards

    Calvin Harris told us he isn't feeling lucky this evening: "I won't win tonight because I'm up against One Direction and its a viewer vote."

    Calvin Harris

    He also revealed he "finds it easier to work with British people" than US acts like Rihanna.

    "I'm a bit of a joker and sometimes they don't quite get me. It's completely important. If anyone does a bad take, I want to be comfortable enough to tell them it was bad and they could do it better."

  62. More arrivals

    Royal Blood

    Royal Blood walk the red carpet.

    Rita Ora

    Rita Ora sporting a plunging neckline.

  63. Sam Smith's struggle

    Mark Savage

    Entertainment reporter at the Brit Awards

    Following his huge night at the Grammys earlier this month, where he won four awards, Sam Smith told us: "The pressure is not on. Truly, I believe the point of being an artist and making music is selling records and doing what I love. And that's what I'm doing."

    Sam Smith

    On 10-year his struggle to get here he revealed: "It makes everything mean more. It's so important to have a job as a kid because you remember... I do these amazing things and I get tired, then I remember the awful things I used to do, working in bars and not having any breaks. It makes me remember how lucky I am."

  64. Ella gets involved

    Mark Savage

    Entertainment reporter at the Brit Awards

    Ella Henderson is up for British female solo artist, with Ghost up for British single, and told us: "I'm so excited to be here. You just feel the buzz when you arrive."

    Ella Henderson

    She said: "It's not important for me to win. I feel like I've already won being nominated. I remember last year and I was just a spectator at my record label's table, just watching Prince go past.

    "A year later, I'm here, just released my first album, and I've got two nominations. That's reason enough to celebrate."

  65. Number crunching:

    Official Charts Company

    If tonight's awards were given out in reflection of who had sold the most albums since last year's Brit awards, who'd be clearing a space in their trophy cupboard for 2015's elegant Tracey-Emin designed statuette? We've been looking through the data and can reveal all.

    Read the full story.

  66. Grateful George

    Mark Savage

    Entertainment reporter at the Brit Awards

    George Ezra

    George Ezra told us: "I would have been happy just performing so four nominations is great.

    "I think the one that would be cool to win is best album - because so much energy goes into it. So much time, so many people.

    "You find yourself taking it apart, putting it back together and taking it apart again. By the time you have something ready to release it's a big achievement."

  67. James Corden


    Four-time Brit Awards host James Corden tweets: "A big ball busting good luck to @antanddec for The Brits tonight! It's gonna be epic x"

  68. Paloma's pals:

    Mark Savage

    Entertainment reporter at the Brit Awards

    British female solo artist nominee Paloma Faith's arrived ahead of her performance later.

    Paloma Faith

    She told us: "I'm looking forward to seeing Madonna perform because I've been a fan of hers since I was tiny.

    "And I'm looking forward to saying hello to lots of people in the room. There's a lot of kindness in the British music industry.

    "Sometimes you look online and the media portray it as a bit of a cat fight. But it really isn't. It's a lovely supportive creative atmosphere."

  69. Behind the scenes

    BBC Breakfast

    Tracey Emin Brit Award

    It's not just prestige that comes with winning a Brit Award, this year each contender is hoping to get their hands on a rather special trophy, designed by artist Tracey Emin.

    And let's not forget the goody bag. BBC entertainment reporter Natalie Jamieson had a poke around backstage at the O2 arena to find out what's inside this year's, and get her hands on one of those Brits.

    Brit Awards goody bag
  70. Awards early bird

    Mark Savage

    Entertainment reporter at the Brit Awards

    James Bay says he was screamed at by fans when he got out of his car at the Brits "which is a new feeling".

    James Bay

    He's here to get the Critics Choice Award, which goes to emerging artists. "It's pretty daunting," he says. "I've never been to the Brits before. I've never even been to the O2 before!"

  71. Geordie duo return

    BBC Newsbeat

    Radio 1 and 1Xtra

    Ant and Dec

    Brit Awards hosts Ant and Dec say after initially saying no to fronting the ceremony again, it took "a few drinks" to change their minds.

    The pair teased they have planned some jokes at the show, although some artists had been "less than forthcoming than others" about joining in.

    Read more on this story.

  72. Brit fact

    Robbie Williams has won more Brit awards than any other artist or group - amassing 12 prizes. When you add the four awards he won as a member of Take That, it brings his total to 16.

  73. Post update

    Via Twitter

    Mark Savage

    Entertainment reporter at the Brit Awards

    "Fans are hanging round the red carpet at the @BritAwards waiting for the red carpet to begin. (As are we)."

    Brits red carpet
  74. Who's in the running?

    If you need a reminder about who is nominated for which award tonight, take a look at the full list of nominees.

  75. Get involved:

    Sarah Jane Griffiths

    Entertainment reporter

    Who do you think is going to take away the coveted best British album award? Will it be Sam Smith, Ed Sheeran, George Ezra, Alt-J or Royal Blood?

    Who else do you think will walk away with a prize tonight? And which performances are you looking forward to watching?

    Get in touch and let us know - tweet @BBCNewsEnts or email

  76. The countdown begins!

    Genevieve Hassan

    Entertainment reporter

    The great and the good of the music industry are out in London tonight for this year's Brit Awards.

    The ceremony at the O2 Arena doesn't start until 20:00 GMT, but stay with us as we bring you all the build-up including red carpet arrivals.