BRITs viewers praise Dua Lipa’s NHS pay rise speech
The BRIT Awards returned on Tuesday night time for a music extravaganza following three months of delays amid the coronavirus pandemic.
And whereas The O2 seated a 4,000 sturdy viewers for the ceremony, ITV rankings launched on Wednesday have revealed viewing figures have plummeted for the fourth 12 months in a row, with 2.9million tuning in – 860,000 lower than final 12 months.
One poignant second through the BRITs was when Dua Lipa demanded Boris Johnson to offer NHS employees a much bigger pay rise, and whereas some applauded her utilizing her platform, others felt it was a disgrace the ceremony as an entire had develop into too political.
Awards: BRITs viewers praised Dua Lipa’s NHS pay rise speech on Tuesday however others declare the present needs to be ‘extra about music than politics’ as present loses 860,000 viewers since final 12 months
2.93million viewers tuned in on common to look at the awards show- 860,000 down from final 12 months’s ceremony.
And the rankings have fallen by greater than one million since 2018, the place 4.24million tuned in.
The ceremony needed to be delayed for 3 months and marked a poignant second within the easing of lockdown as 4,000 gathered within the O2 to look at the present.
However some viewers took to Twitter saying that they had switched the channel after rising uninterested in stars utilizing their speeches to debate politics.
Political: Some viewers took to Twitter saying that they had switched the channel after rising uninterested in stars of utilizing their speeches to debate politics (pictured Boy George)
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Throughout the ceremony Dua, 25, had taken intention on the Prime Minister after the Conservative Occasion revealed plans for a 1% pay rise for NHS employees who’ve been engaged on the frontline all through the pandemic.
As she accepted her Finest Feminine Solo artist gong, which she devoted to nurse Dame Elizabeth Anionwu, Dua mentioned: ‘She [Dame Elizabeth] has spent her stellar nursing profession preventing racial injustice. She has spent a lot time and is a powerful advocate for safeguarding frontline employees, thanks.
‘She has additionally mentioned that there’s a huge disparity between love and respect for frontline employees, as a result of we have to clap them however we have to pay them, so I feel what we must always do is give a large spherical of applause and provides Boris a message that all of us assist a pay rise for our frontline.’
One viewer wrote on Twitter: ‘Love her!! Additionally that she learn the transient and truly devoted her different award on the night #heroes.’
‘Truthful play evidently Dua Lipa is the one one which did her homework and selected individuals to dedicate her awards to’, wrote one other.
‘Dua Lipa utilizing her award to marketing campaign for a good pay rise for key employees, we like to see it,’ chimed a 3rd.
Assist: Dua was extensively praised on social media for saying NHS employees want a pay rise. ‘Dua Lipa utilizing her award to marketing campaign for a good pay rise for key employees, we like to see it’
‘Truthful play to Dua Lipa for calling for an honest pay rise for NHS employees,’ typed a special viewer.
‘Dua Lipa telling Boris Johnson to offer the NHS a much bigger pay rise stay on the Brit Awards is sensible, a special fan Tweeted.
Nevertheless others mentioned Dua was ‘point-scoring’ and that it could be higher if native MPs replied to emails.
One wrote on Twitter: ‘My daughter is an extended serving ICU nurse, she reckons she is on wage like others wouldn’t thoughts a pay rise, however cease politicising it. It will be extra helpful if our native MP deigned to answer to emails from his constituents as a substitute.’
One other added: ‘When a rich particular person like Dua Lipa requires a pay rise for the NHS, it is a bit hole. I doubt she makes use of the NHS. It is extra of a points-scoring and recognition transfer.’
A special viewer wrote: ‘Emotional #DuaLipa pays tribute to heroic London Bridge rescuer and requires NHS employees to be paid extra. One other award present destroyed by politics for private achieve within the #Liberal media from the celebs.. No surprise we do not watch however they do not even care.’
One other viewer chimed: ‘Politics, politics, politics. Overlook it. That is about celebrating music. Can we not overlook it for one night time.’
Divided opinion: Nevertheless others mentioned Dua was ‘point-scoring’ and that it could be higher if native MPs replied to emails
Comic: Host Jack additionally made numerous politically-inspired jokes all through the present
Host Jack additionally made numerous politically-inspired jokes all through the present, together with: ‘The music business has had it powerful this 12 months, however there have been some excellent news tales. Laurence Fox’s tragic foray into politics that meant a minimum of he’s lastly stopped making music.’
He additionally quipped: ‘This check occasion is kicking off! They’re having the instances of their lives, however tomorrow they’ll be in one in all Professor Chris Whitty’s graphs.’
As Boy George took to the stage to current Finest Single, he mentioned: ‘Massive shout out to our key employees, God bless all of you. I simply wish to ask you to #GhanaGetsBetter and #UgandaGetsBetter for the LGBTQI+ individuals in Africa who’re actually being persecuted proper now.’
Elevating consciousness: As Boy George took to the stage to current Finest Single, he mentioned: ‘Massive shout out to our key employees, God bless all of you. I simply wish to ask you to #GhanaGetsBetter’
After numerous different stars additionally used their display time to debate their political stances, one wrote on Twitter: ‘At some point I can watch #brits with out pondering I’m watching Query Time. Even when I agree it’s good to have a while off from politics. Music, television, movie, sports activities are all being hijacked by politics.’
‘#BRITs = The Woke Awards,’ mentioned one other.
‘Brits. Music nice however award ceremonies are so worthy and political now. Every acceptance speech extra woke than than the final,’ typed a 3rd viewer.
‘@rickygervais petition to get you to host the brits subsequent 12 months, eliminate this woke propaganda off my display,’ one other Twitter consumer wrote.
Iconic: Additionally through the present, Elton John and Years and Years Olly Alexander additionally took to the stage to carry out It is A Sin for Elton’s Aids charity and the duo obtained rave evaluations
Additionally through the present, Elton John and Years and Years Olly Alexander additionally took to the stage to carry out It is A Sin for Elton’s Aids charity.
Viewers watching at dwelling beloved the rendition. One typed: ‘Simply watched again Elton John and Years and Years’ rendition of It is a Sin from The Brits final night time. Severely simply give @alexander_olly ALL the awards ever…’
‘Simply seen Elton John and Years & Years model of ‘it is a sin’ – fairly spectacular, and in assist of Elton’s Aids charity too’, one other fan chimed.
The awards ceremony actually belonged to Dua because the night noticed her scoop the accolade for Feminine Solo Artist and the Mastercard British Album of the Yr Award for her lockdown hit Future Nostalgia.
Proficient: ‘Simply seen Elton John and Years & Years model of ‘it is a sin’ – fairly spectacular, and in assist of Elton’s Aids charity too’, one fan wrote
This 12 months’s Rising Star award winner Griff was handed the baton for the honour by 2020’s Rising Star winner Celeste, who herself was up for 3 additional awards.
And Arlo Parks was topped Breakthrough Artist, one of many three awards the star was nominated for, after what has been an unbelievable 12 months for the younger London artist.
She additionally made her debut BRITs efficiency with a sublime rendition of Hope and embellished the set as a sunflower subject in a nod to the title of her debut album.
Essentially the most nominated lady band in BRIT Award historical past, Little Combine, lastly bagged the title of British Group and made historical past because the first-ever lady band to win, having been up for the award three earlier instances.
In the meantime, the Worldwide Group class adopted the same go well with, with the California girlband HAIM in attendance to simply accept their award.
One to look at: The awards ceremony actually belonged to Dua because the night noticed her scoop the accolade for Feminine Solo Artist and the Mastercard British Album of the Yr Award
And the accolade for Worldwide Feminine was given to the 19-year-old Dangerous Man hitmaker Billie Eilish, who accepted the award through a pre-recorded video acceptance speech.
The Weeknd emerged victorious within the Worldwide Male Solo Artist class together with his award offered by the previous First Woman of the USA, Michelle Obama.
The Blinding Lights hitmaker handled the viewers to an unforgettable efficiency of his single Save Your Tears, pre-recorded from the US.
Dem Boy Paigon hitmaker JHUS scooped the Male Solo Artist award, which was accepted on his behalf by DJ Semtex in his absence.
Following a profitable awards season stateside, One Path heartthrob Harry Types scooped Finest British Single together with his summertime observe Watermelon Sugar.
The primary feminine artist to win the very best BRITs accolade and the UK’s greatest promoting artist of the 12 months up to now, Taylor Swift appeared in particular person to simply accept the particular International Icon award, which was offered by Sport Of Thrones actress Maisie Williams.
One Path: Following a profitable awards season stateside, One Path heartthrob Harry Types scooped Finest British Single together with his summertime observe Watermelon Sugar
BRIT AWARDS WINNERS 2021
FEMALE SOLO ARTIST
DUA LIPA – WINNER
LIANNE LA HAVAS
MALE SOLO ARTIST
J HUS – WINNER
LITTLE MIX – WINNER
YOUNG T & BUGSEY
BRITs RISING STAR
GRIFF WARNER – WINNER
ARLO PARKS COLLAPSED IN SUNBEAMS
CELESTE NOT YOUR MUSE
DUA LIPA FUTURE NOSTALGIA – WINNER
J HUS BIG CONSPIRACY
JESSIE WARE WHAT’S YOUR PLEASURE?
HAIM – WINNER
RUN THE JEWELS
ARLO PARKS – WINNER
YOUNG T & BUGSEY
220 KID & GRACEY DON’T NEED LOVE
AITCH & AJ TRACEY FT TAY KEITH RAIN
DUA LIPA PHYSICAL
HARRY STYLES WATERMELON SUGAR – WINNER
HEADIE ONE FT AJ TRACEY & STORMZY AIN’T IT DIFFERENT
JOEL CORRY FT MNEK HEAD & HEART
NATHAN DAWE FT KSI LIGHTER
REGARD & RAYE SECRETS
S1MBA FT DTG ROVER PARLOPHONE
YOUNG T & BUGSEY FT HEADIE ONE DON’T RUSH
INTERNATIONAL FEMALE SOLO ARTIST
BILLIE EILISH – WINNER
INTERNATIONAL MALE SOLO ARTIST
TAME IMPALA FICTION
THE WEEKND – WINNER
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