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


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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