Adele was the big winner at the 2016 Brit Awards tonight (Feb 24), scooping no fewer than four gongs, including best British female and best album.
“To come back after so long away and be so warmly received means so much,” said the Londoner.
Performers included Adele, Rihanna, Justin Bieber, Coldplay, The Weeknd and more.
The show also featured an emotional tribute to David Bowie, led by Annie Lennox and his friend Gary Oldman
Lennox called Bowie, who died of cancer last month, “a quintessential visionary” and “the ultimate iconoclast.”
Oldman then accepted a Brits icon award on behalf of the singer and his family.
“David you were mortal, but your potential was superhuman,” he said, “and your music lives on”.
Bowie’s band then performed a medley of his hits, before New Zealand singer Lorde joined them to sing Life On Mars.
Earlier, Coldplay opened proceedings with a performance of their single Hymn For The Weekend – and they went on to win best British group – making them the most successful band in the ceremony’s history.
Other awards went to James Bay, for best male, and Australian psych-rock band Tame Impala, who were crowned best international group.
Canadian singer Justin Bieber, who performed his No.1 singles Love Yourself and Sorry, won best international male.
“Life is a journey,” he said after picking up his award. “Everyone has their ups and downs.”
One Direction won best video for the space-themed Drag Me Down.