The Brit Awards 2023: While Harry Styles Triumphed, More Needs To Be Done To Ensure Women And Non-Binary Artists Are Celebrated

Harry Styles dominated the awards taking home 4 gongs.

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by Aaliyah Harry |
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There is nothing quite like the atmosphere at The Brit Awards.As you arrive to the O2 arena, a buzz lingers in the air as celebrities and guests arrive in their thousands to celebrate the best of British music. The stage is big, bright and all encompassing - surrounded by tables ready to host some of entertainment's biggest stars.

Comedian Mo Gilligan presented the show for the second year running. He kept the energy going whilst interacting with A-list guests on each table; From Stanley Tucci to Shania Twain. Also in the audience was Emily in Paris' Lucien Laviscountand Camille Razat to Little Mix star Leigh-Anne Pinnock and Jessie J.

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After winning four awards - this was definitely Harry Styles' night. Styles won in all four categories that he was nominated in: Song of the Year, the Pop/R&B award, Album of the Year and Artist of the Year – the latter of which fans had criticised for its all-male nominees. He opened the show dancing around the stage in a Gucci sequin red jacket singing feel-good track As It Was.

During his acceptance speech for Artist of the Year he said, 'I’m very aware of my privilege so this award is for Rina, Charli, Florence, Mabel and Becky.' Rina Sawayama, Charli XCX, Florence and the Machine, Mabel, and Becky Hill were all eligible to be nominated for Artist of the Year. However, none made the final cut.

The singer also thanked his family, singling out his mum who signed him up to The X Factor without his knowledge.The musician also thanked his former One Direction bandmates by name: Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson, and Zayn Malik.'I wouldn’t be here without you, either,' he said.

Standout performances include Rising Star nominee Cat Burns who bared her heart on stage singing emotional ballad Go. The stripped-back pop track with minimal instrumentation and a hint of gospel sees Burns resigning herself to a relationship ending despite her efforts to save it. While Grammy award winner Lizzo took to the stage donned in pink feathers to belt hit's Special and It's About Damn Time. Her electrifying performance lights up the stage as guests jumped to their feet to dance to her catchy hits.

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Sam Smithand Kim Petras defying performance of number one hit Unholy dazzled on stage.  In true Mad Max style, the stage was littered with motorcycles and car parts. Black-clad, grease-stained backup dancers gyrated and pumped to the beat. Despite previous backlashover 'raunchy outfits', their show stopping production only hit back at the controversy against a backdrop of darkly-tinged, yet delightful grime.

But one must not underestimate Stormzy. There’s a quiet power to Stormzy’s intimate, gospel performance of Hide And Seek. As he raps and glides along the beat you can feel the emotion as he paints a picture about the one that got away.

Is it really The Brit Awards without a bit of controversy? After a successful Grammys earlier this month, Wet Leg accepted the awards for British Group and Best New Artist. Whilst accepting the award for British Group, the pair gave the mic over to their bassist Ellis Durand who made a brief but strongly-worded political statement. ITV rushed to censor the words, 'F*** the Tories.' Whilst Daisy May Cooper'sremarks about girl band the Sugababes was not censored out in time. Whilst presenting the award for Best Alternative or Rock Act, she said she saw the band and added, 'they weren’t doing coke – they were lovely,' leaving viewers at home and in attendance stunned. ITV failed to censor the joke in time - but bleeped out the aftermath.

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Whilst The Brits remains a staple fixture for British arts and culture - they must do more to ensure women and non-binary artists are represented in all their glory. Last year, the Brits scrapped its male and female categories in a bid to make the awards as 'inclusive' as possible. The move had previously been called for by artists including Sam Smith and Will Young, who said gendered categories excluded non-binary musicians. Despite these efforts – women and non-binary artists still lost out. As a society we still live in a patriarchy that values male contributions to society above anyone else. More still needs to be done within the entertainment industry to ensure inclusivity and championing of talented artists across the board.


Brits 2023 Red Carpet

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Jodie Turner-Smith

Jodie Turner-Smith stuns in a silver dress and cape by couture designer Zuhair Murad, from his spring/summer 2023 range. The actress also wore a stunning pair of silver Jimmy Choo heels in the style Kaylee.

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Leigh-Anne Pinnock

Former Little Mix star Leigh-Anne dazzled on the carpt. She wore an open-front dress by Alberta Ferretti, which featured drape detailing and a thigh-high split. But her hair was the real show-stopper; her curly locks were masterfully shaped into a crown-like silhouette with face-framing curls.

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Vick Hope

Vick Hope's ensamble was the picture of elegance. This DE FICHIER dress paired with Jimmy Choo's Rosie heels was simply stunning.

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Queen Lizzo! We absolutely love how daring this outfit choice is. This statement-making Robert Wun design ensured attention was on her.

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Billie Piper

Billie Piper is all about the statement sleeves! Billie walked the carpet in the Roberto Cavalli bodysuit and paired it with Jimmy Choo's Max heels and Clemme clutch bag.

Here is a full list of winners:

Album of the year

Harry Styles – Harry’s House - WINNER

The 1975 – Being Funny In A Foreign Language

Fred again.. – Actual Life 3 (January 1 – September 9 2022)

Stormzy – This Is What I Mean

Wet Leg – Wet Leg

Song of the year

Harry Styles – As It Was - WINNER

Aitch and Ashanti – Baby

Cat Burns – Go

Dave – Starlight

Ed Sheeran and Sir Elton John – Merry Christmas

Eliza Rose and Interplanetary Criminal – BOTA (Baddest of Them All)

George Ezra – Green Green Grass

Lewis Capaldi – Forget Me

LF SYSTEM – Afraid To Feel

Sam Smith and Kim Petras – Unholy

Alternative rock act (public vote)

The 1975 - WINNER

Arctic Monkeys

Nova Twins

Tom Grennan

Wet Leg

International song of the year

Beyonce – Break My Soul - WINNER

Bebe Rexha and David Guetta – I’m Good (Blue)

Fireboy DML and Ed Sheeran – Peru

Cast of Disney’s Encanto – We Don’t Talk About Bruno

Gayle – abcdefu

Jack Harlow – First Class

Lizzo – About Damn Time

Lost Frequencies and Calum Scott – Where Are You Now

OneRepublic – I Ain’t Worried

Taylor Swift – Anti‐Hero

Group of the year

Wet Leg - WINNER

The 1975

Arctic Monkeys

Bad Boy Chiller Crew

Nova Twins

International group of the year

Fontaines DC - WINNER


Drake and 21 Savage

First Aid Kit


Artist of the year

Harry Styles - WINNER

Central Cee

Fred again..

George Ezra


Dance act (supported by KISS)

Becky Hill - WINNER


Calvin Harris

Eliza Rose

Fred again..

Best new artist

Wet Leg - WINNER

Kojey Radical

Mimi Webb

Rina Sawayama

Sam Ryder

Pop/R&B (supported by Capital)

Harry Styles - WINNER

Cat Burns

Charli XCX

Dua Lipa

Sam Smith

International artist of the year

Beyonce - WINNER


Burna Boy

Kendrick Lamar

Taylor Swift

Hip hop/rap/grime act (via TikTok public vote)

Aitch - WINNER

Central Cee


Loyle Carner


Rising star award (previously announced)


Cat Burns

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Producer of the year

David Guetta - WINNER

Songwriter of the Year

Kid Harpoon - WINNER

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