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Stormzy and Dua Lipa win big at 2018 BRIT Awards

[unable to retrieve full-text content] Stormzy and Dua Lipa scooped the best British male and female solo artist prizes at the Brit Awards on Feb 21, Britain’s equivalent of the Grammys. Stormzy’s ‘Gang Signs & Prayer’ also won for Best Album, and Lipa was named Best Breakthrough Act. Entertainment –

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Brit Awards 2018: Stormzy scoops Ed Sheeran to win top prizes

South London grime superstar Stormzy beat Ed Sheeran to the main prizes in a surprise result at the Brit Awards. Stormzy appeared overwhelmed when he scooped best British male and then best British album for Gang Signs and Prayer, which was the UK’s first grime album to reach number one last March. Sheeran didn’t go home empty-handed – he was given the global success award. Dua Lipa won best British female and the breakthrough award, while Gorillaz were named best British group. But the night belonged to Stormzy, who held…

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Brit Awards 2018: Ariana Grande pulls out of Manchester tribute performance

Ariana Grande has pulled out of performing a tribute to victims of the Manchester bombing at the Brit Awards due to illness. The singer was due to take to the stage at the ceremony in memory of the those affected by the attack – which took place at her concert last May. Geoff Taylor, chief executive of the Brit Awards, said she was unable to travel “on doctor’s orders”. Twenty two people died in the bombing at Manchester Arena. “We think it’s really important to recognise that terrible atrocity and…

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Brit Awards 2018: White roses on the red carpet, but Paloma Faith's upset

Many music stars turned up to the Brit Awards wearing or carrying white roses as a mark of support for the Time’s Up movement. Dua Lipa, who leads the nominations with five, held a rose as she walked the red carpet in a ruffled pink dress. Ed Sheeran, who’s up for four awards, wore one pinned to his suit. But Paloma Faith told BBC News: “The only thing I’m upset about tonight is not more men carrying white roses. I think they should have.” The 36-year-old pinned a rose to…

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Bafta Film Awards 2018: Three Billboards wins top prizes

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, about a woman seeking justice for her daughter’s murder, scooped the top prizes at the Bafta Film Awards. The drama won five trophies including best film, best British film and best actress for Frances McDormand. Gary Oldman won best actor for playing Winston Churchill – one of two awards for World War Two epic Darkest Hour. Fantasy romance The Shape of Water took three trophies, including best director for Guillermo Del Toro. But there were few surprises among the main awards on a night when…

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