RIT Awards 2014’s 10 Essential Moments, From Bowie to Beyonce

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Arctic Monkeys and One Direction were the big winners at the 2014 BRIT Awards in London tonight, taking home two gongs apiece. Unlike last year’s slick-but-uncontroversial show, the 2014 event occasionally harked back to the unpredictability of the BRITs’ Nineties pomp: In other words, there was a lot more going on than a mere handing out of prizes. Here are the most surprising moments from the O2 Arena:

1. David Bowie gave the event its most surreal moment – even without showing up. Winning the British Male Solo Artist award – his first BRIT in 18 years – wasn’t much of a surprise, but the acceptance certainly was. First Noel Gallagher came on to announce the winner, laughing: “You maniacs didn’t think David Bowie was actually going to be here, did you? He’s too cool for that, he wouldn’t do this shit.” Instead, Gallagher introduced supermodel Kate Moss, a woman renowned for not speaking in public. Wearing a Ziggy Stardust-era stage costume, she read a statement by Bowie, which included the line, “Kate is from Venus and I from Mars,” before ending on a statement about the forthcoming referendum on Scottish independence: “Scotland, stay with us.” Now, no one saw that coming. Read more

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