Dua Lipa, Stormzy take top honors at BRIT awards

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It was a huge night for Stormzy at the BRIT awards.

British singer-songwriter Dua Lipa blows a kiss as she poses on the red carpet on arrival for the BRIT Awards 2018 in London on February 21, 2018.

'Like yo Theresa May where's the money for Grenfell?' he raps before pausing and then angrily shouting: 'What you thought we just forgot about Grenfell?'

She said making the symbolic statement to "millions and millions of people, not just in the United Kingdom but all over the world, it does make a difference, it does make a change because we are standing, we are protesting in our own way and this is how we're going to make a difference".

She said: "Here's to more women on these stages, more women winning awards and more women taking over the world".

Alongside British Female Solo Artist, Dua also found herself nominated for MasterCard British Album of the Year, British Breakthrough Act, British Single of the Year, and Best Video.

Stormzy appeared overwhelmed as he accepted his first ever Brit - British male solo artist - fending off competition from Sheeran and Gallagher.

Ariana Grande had been due to perform, but was forced to pull out because of illness, organisers said.

Drenched in rain and suited in the usual all-black sweatsuit, he sang "Blinded by Your Grace Pt. 2", in front of a wall of masked men, in matching aesthetics to the Gang Signs and Prayers album art.

The ceremony, held at London's O2 Arena, will also see music stars emulating their film colleagues as anti-sexual harassment movement Time's Up will take a prominent place on the red carpet.

But the new additions clearly pushed J Hus, Loyle Carner and Dua Lipa into the spotlight with the political rapper Kendrick Lamar taking the International Male prize.

Lorde was named worldwide female solo artist, and Damon Albarn-fronted group Gorillaz won the British group award.

This year, featured performances were Justin Timberlake, Sam Smith, Ed Sheeran, and more.

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