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Summary

  1. 36th Brit Awards held at London's O2 Arena
  2. Adele wins best British album, female, single and global success
  3. Lorde performs Life on Mars in tribute to David Bowie
  4. Coldplay named best British band
  5. James Bay named best British male

Live Reporting

By Lauren Turner and Kev Geoghegan

All times stated are UK

  1. Thanks and goodnight!

    Lauren Turner

    Entertainment Reporter

    Adele

    Well, that just about wraps up our coverage of the Brits for another year. 

    Don't be sad Adele, we'll be back bright-eyed and bushy-tailed (well, maybe not us personally but rather our colleagues) tomorrow morning from 08:30 GMT. 

    We'll bring all the reaction from the Brits along with the rest of the day's entertainment news.

    See you then!

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  2. How Adele's 25 won four Brit Awards

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    Adele wins her first trophy of the evening - British Female Solo Artist

    So, tonight was most definitely Adele's night: Four Brits, the closing performance and she even said sorry for swearing on stage.

    Her album 25 sold more than 800,000 copies in its first week of release - the highest ever figure for a single UK chart week.

    Here's how she she has managed to conquer the rest of the universe over the last few months.  

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    Adele wins four Brits, swears and cries

    Adele wins her first trophy of the evening - British Female Solo Artist

    The Brit Awards changed the rules this year to ensure Adele could be nominated.

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  3. Brits 2016: Where was Olly Alexander?

    Olly Alexander from nominees Years & Years promised us lots of tweets tonight but was strangely silent throughout the Brits ceremony.

    But finally we have heard from him! Huzzah!!

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    Phew, thought we'd lost you somewhere.

  4. In pictures: More Brits performances

    It wasn't just about the awards themselves tonight - there were also performances from nominees Little Mix and The Weeknd, and the Brits tribute to David Bowie featuring Lorde. 

    Check out the pictures below:

    Lorde
    Image caption: Lorde performing with David Bowie's band
    Little Mix
    Image caption: Little Mix gave an energetic performance to their single Black Magic
    The Weeknd
    Image caption: The Weeknd, who could win an Oscar this weekend, performed The Hills
  5. Watch: Brit awards red carpet highlights

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    Video caption: Watch the highlights from the red carpet at the 2016 Brit Awards

    So as the stars begin to file out into the night and the many, many parties following the Brits, let's take a look back at the highlights from the red carpet - check out all of the stars, and their outfits, above.

  6. Adele closes the Brits with When We Were Young

    Adele

    Woman of the night Adele has closed the show by performing When We Were Young - having changed into a spangly star-printed dress to do so. 

    You've got to love someone who can break off from a pitch-perfect performance to point to the fans in front of the stage and say: "You remind me of when I was young, you lot down there."

    She'll be glad not to have had any technical glitches like those which beset her Grammys performance. 

  7. Tame Impala: 'Rihanna hasn't said hello yet'

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    Tame Impala have just come backstage to celebrate their win in the best international group category.

    Asked how it felt, frontman Kevin Parker said: "I don't know yet. It literally happened two seconds ago. I won't get a chance to process it for a good few minutes."

    The band were also asked if they'd approached Rihanna to discuss her recent cover of their song New Person, Same Old Mistakes.

    "She hasn't said hello yet," joked Kevin. "She was quite rude in that regard."

    "Even though [she did] that song, it would take a lot of balls to walk up to Rihanna and just say 'hey,'" added drummer Jay Watson.

  8. British album of the year goes to Adele

    The Brit award for British album of the year has gone to Adele.

    It makes an impressive four wins for the singer this year - out of five nominations.

    "I'm sorry about swearing earlier and the ugly cry face, I would like thank the fans, you're so amazing, you blow me away every time."

    She also thanked her boyfriend Simon Konecki.

    "Thank you for loving me the way you do and thank you for our son.

    "This is for you Peanut, I love you."

    And if you didn't see the "ugly cry face" earlier - here it is again. 

    Adele
  9. Louis Tomlinson says being a dad is "really exciting"

    Louis Tomlinson and Liam Payne

    One Direction star Louis Tomlinson - pictured above with bandmate Liam - said this is the first night he has spent away from his new son Freddie, having become a father in January. 

    He told ITV2 that he was enjoying being a parent. 

    "It's intense but it's great," he said. "It's really exciting obviously, it's my first time away from Freddie."

    He added: "I think now is my night to enjoy, to let my hair down."

  10. Reaction to Bowie Brits tribute

    Brits David Bowie tribute

    Lots of reaction coming in from the Brit awards tribute to the iconic David Bowie.

    A lot of them are positive but not everyone was won over...

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  11. Rihanna performs new single Work with Drake

    Rihanna and Drake

    Dressed in white tassels, Rihanna performed her new single Work with an equally white tracksuited Drake.  

    There were some especially big cheers for the post-watershed x-rated dance moves.

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  12. One Direction win British artist video of the year

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    Congratulations to One Direction for winning the British artist video of the year award.

    It's their sixth Brit award. 

    It was voted for on social media by members of the public.

    Louis Tomlinson said: 

    Quote Message: It really is times like these and events like this that prove to us we have the best fans in the world. It really is incredible, guys. This award is for you.
  13. Oldman: Bowie faced illness with 'immense grace and humour'

    Oldman said of the singer, who died in January at the age of 69: "I can share with you that he faced his illness with immense courage, dignity, grace and customary humour, even in dire circumstances." 

    Quote Message: When he wrote to tell me the bad news he had cancer, he added: 'The good news is I've got my cheekbones back'. from Gary Oldman
    Gary Oldman

    Oldman described his friend as the "sweetest soul ever - and with the best cheekbones". 

    After the speeches, David Bowie's band played a medley of his best-known hits, with images of the late, great singer's face beamed on screens above the stage. 

    They were then joined by Lorde for Life on Mars - after Oldman told the audience that Bowie had proclaimed her to be the future of music.

  14. Brits icon award for David Bowie

    David Bowie

    A posthumous Brit has been awarded to David Bowie.

    Actor Gary Oldman has accepted the Brits icon award on behalf of his friend, with everyone in the O2 on their feet to applaud the late, great artist. 

    He said: "He was the very definition, the living embodiment of that singular word - icon."

    He described Bowie as "an artist of transcendent talent", adding: "We love you, and we thank you."

    Annie Lennox had introduced the award, saying: "There was no one, and nothing, else like him. He was truly unique."

    Quote Message: His legacy is his extraordinary sound and vision, which is loved and revered for as long as the earth still spins from Annie Lennox
    Annie Lennox
  15. Bjork wins best international female

    Bjork has won this year's best international female award.

    In a recorded message and wearing a bizarre facemask, she thanked the "friendly" Brits for the honour.

  16. Adele presented with global success award

    Adele

    A weeping Adele won the global success award and managed to turn the air blue for a second or two in her excitement.

    She said she didn't know if she was crying because of the video montage that was played before she accepted the award - or if it was because British astronaut Tim Peake was the one announcing she was the winner.

    "I thought I was so lost for a while, and for you all to be so kind to me is amazing," she said. 

    "Not bad for a girl from Tottenham who don't like flying, and thanks to Tim Peake, I love you - I hope you're okay and not too hungry."

    Three awards so far... 

  17. Catfish and the Bottlemen win British breakthrough act

    Catfish and the Bottlemen

    The British breakthrough act award has been won by Catfish and the Bottlemen.

    Listeners of Radio 1 voted for the award.  

    Singer Van McCann, second left in the picture above, told those who had voted: "You're class."

    In what was possibly the shortest speech of the night, he thanked the voters for the recognition, and added: "We're very grateful, very humbled."

  18. Adele grabs a cheeky peck off Justin Bieber

    Adele hasn't just won two Brit awards tonight, she also managed to grab a sneaky smacker off a certain famous young man...

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  19. Brits 2016: The performances so far...

    So, the show is well under way. Here are shots of a few of the performances so far:

    Coldplay
    Justin Bieber
    Jess Glynne