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BRIT Awards 2021: Best Female Singer Dua Lipa channels Amy Winehouse’s 2007 look on the red carpet

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Dua Lipa appeared to pay tribute to music icon Amy Winehouse’s iconic 2007 BRIT Awards look when she attended the ceremony on Tuesday. 

The three-time nominee, 25, hit the red carpet at the 2021 BRIT Awards in sensational, head-turning style with a beehive hairstyle and a thigh-scraping yellow Vivienne Westwood Couture corset minidress.

The look was strikingly similar to Amy’s canary yellow gown by Preen – she picked up the Best Female Solo Artist gong at the 2007 event. 

Wow: Dua Lipa appeared to pay tribute to music icon Amy Winehouse's iconic 2007 BRIT Awards look when she attended the ceremony on Tuesday

History maker: The look was strikingly similar to Amy's canary yellow gown - she picked up the Best Female Solo Artist gong at the 2007 event

Wow: Dua Lipa appeared to pay tribute to music icon Amy Winehouse’s iconic 2007 BRIT Awards look when she attended the ceremony on Tuesday (Amy pictured right in 2007)

Her flattering frock of choice boasted a deep plunging neckline, patterned print and a dramatic purple hued train, which descended from her cinched waist.

Adding racy details, the chart-topping singer wore black suspenders and lace-up statement purple platform heels.

Dua oozed Hollywood glamour as she styled her signature raven locks into a beehive hairdo and added a slick of radiant makeup.

The London-born beauty further complemented her glamorous ensemble with a triple row pearl necklace with a matching bracelet and earrings.  

Playful: Dua was in a playful mood as she posed for photographers gathered on the red carpet

Playful: Dua was in a playful mood as she posed for photographers gathered on the red carpet

Incredible: The singer, 25, looked incredible in a tiny yellow mini dress

Racy! Dua added some racy touches such as black suspenders

Stunning: Dua  made a sensational arrival on the red carpet in her breathtaking gown of choice

Wow factor: Amy wore a bright yellow Preen mini dress and a heart-shaped leather Moschino bag to the 2007 awards

Wow factor: Amy wore a bright yellow Preen mini dress and a heart-shaped leather Moschino bag to the 2007 awards

Details: It had a dramatic purple fishnet train which commanded attention on the red carpet

Gorgeous: Dua knew how to work her best angles

Details: It had a dramatic purple fishnet train which commanded attention on the red carpet 

She appeared in great spirits as she posed up a storm on the star-studded red carpet and playfully smiled with a life-size BRIT Award. 

Amy tragically passed away aged 27 on the 23 July 2011 after being found dead in her bed due to alcohol poisoning.   

In an explosion of colour and optimism, the 2021 BRIT Awards celebrated the achievements of British and international artists over the last 18 months.

And the awards ceremony truly belonged to Dua, as the evening saw her scoop the accolade for Female Solo Artist and the Mastercard British Album of the Year Award for her lockdown hit Future Nostalgia. 

Happy: The singer appeared in great spirits as she posed up a storm on the star-studded red carpet

Lovely: Dua playfully smiled and waved to crowds

Happy: The singer appeared in great spirits as she posed up a storm on the large red carpet 

Racy! Adding racy details, the Don't Start Now hitmaker wore black suspenders

Racy! Adding racy details, the Don’t Start Now hitmaker wore black suspenders and eye-catching statement purple heels

Glamour: Dua oozed Hollywood glamour for the event

Mwah!  Dua added a slick of radiant make-up

Glamour: Dua oozed Hollywood glamour as she styled her signature raven locks into a beehive hairdo and added a slick of radiant makeup

This year’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 three further awards.

And Arlo Parks was crowned Breakthrough Artist, one of the three awards the star was nominated for, after what has been an incredible year for the young London artist.

She also made her debut BRITs performance with an elegant rendition of Hope and decorated the set as a sunflower field in a nod to the name of her debut album.

The most nominated girl band in BRIT Award history, Little Mix, finally bagged the title of British Group and made history as the first-ever girl band to win, having been up for the award three previous times.

Meanwhile, the International Group category followed a similar suit, with the California girlband HAIM in attendance to accept their award.

And the accolade for International Female was given to the 19-year-old Bad Guy hitmaker Billie Eilish, who accepted the award via a pre-recorded video acceptance speech.

Such fun! The ceremony, which will be broadcast live on ITV, will celebrate the return to live music

Such fun! The ceremony, which will be broadcast live on ITV, will celebrate the return to live music and nominee Dua has promised those attending that it will ‘be a night to remember’

Exciting: Nominee Dua has promised those attending that it will 'be a night to remember'

Radiant: Dua looked radiant as she beamed on the red carpet

Exciting: Nominee Dua, 25, has promised those attending that it will ‘be a night to remember’ 

The Weeknd emerged victorious in the International Male Solo Artist category with his award presented by the former First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama.

The Blinding Lights hitmaker treated the audience to an unforgettable performance 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 successful awards season stateside, One Direction heartthrob Harry Styles scooped Best British Single with his summertime track Watermelon Sugar.

The first female artist to win the highest BRITs accolade and the UK’s biggest selling artist of the year to date, Taylor Swift appeared in person to accept the special Global Icon award, which was presented by Game Of Thrones actress Maisie Williams.

Each winner was presented with the BRITs’ first-ever collaborative double-trophy, designed by Es Devlin OBE and Yinka Ilori MBE, with each recipient encouraged to re-gift the smaller trophy to someone else. 

How did BRIT Awards go ahead during the Covid pandemic?

The 2021 BRIT Awards marked the first live music event in the UK since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The indoor ceremony and live show formed part of the Government’s scientific Events Research Programme.

Enhanced testing approaches will examine how events can take place without the need for social distancing after all restrictions are lifted on June 21.  

4,000 tickets were made available for the live ceremony, just one fifth of the venue’s 20,000 capacity, with 2,500 of those being given to key workers. 

The BRITs will play an important role in paving the way for the return of live music at scale as the UK emerges from the past year’s restrictions. 

Audience members were not socially distanced or required to wear face coverings once seated inside the arena, though they were required in communal areas such as the toilet or main concourse.

All attendees were allowed to purchase alcohol and concessions once inside the O2 Arena.

Attendees were also required to follow existing Government guidance when travelling to the venue and adhere to rules set out by the event organisers.

Among the rules, attendees had to provide proof of a negative lateral flow test result to enter the venue, and said test had to be taken at an asymptomatic testing site within 36 hours of the ceremony.

Upon arrival at the venue, all attendess were asked to take a PCR test, and will then take another test five days after the ceremony 

It’s hoped this will gather further evidence on the safety of indoor settings, reduced social distancing and the removal of non-pharmaceutical interventions like face coverings.

The 2021 BRIT Awards, hosted by Jack Whitehall, marked the first major indoor music event in over a year as bosses released 2,500 free tickets to key workers.

The show saw a total of 11 awards handed out alongside nine unbeatable show-stopping performances, six of which were able to be staged live in stadium.

The show officially opened with fireworks and a UK exclusive performance by Coldplay of their new song Higher Power from the River Thames.

The BRITs is known for its unique collaborations and this year was no different, with Elton John and Years & Years’ Olly Alexander joining forces for a spectacular performance of the Pet Shop Boys’ classic It’s A Sin.

The recorded version of the song will now be available to purchase as a single in support of the Elton John AIDS Foundation charity.

A second collaboration saw Rag’n’Bone Man and P!nk perform their new single Anywhere Away from Here, with P!nk joining remotely from the US.

And the musical duo were joined by special guest singers from the Greenwich and Lewisham NHS Trust Choir, providing an emotional climax to the show.

Another US star who made it to The O2 was Olivia Rodrigo who lit up the stage with a performance of her stunning hit single, Drivers Licence.

Twice nominated Headie One also blew the audience away with a special performance of Ain’t It Different/Princess Cuts, joined by fellow nominees AJ Tracey and Young T & Bugsey.

Animated: Dua put on an animated display as she delivered a speech in the media room before the star-studded event

Animated: Dua put on an animated display as she delivered a speech in the media room before the star-studded event 

Presenters on the night included: Annie Mac, Boy George, Celeste, Lewis Capaldi, Kurupt FM and Mabel.

The event was Co-Chaired by Rebecca Allen (President EMI Records) and Selina Webb (EVP Universal Music UK), who oversaw the creative team which along with Devlin and Ilori also included BRITs TV Executive Producer Sally Wood.

The BRIT Awards took place in front of a live audience of 4,000 people at London’s The O2 six days before the next phase of lockdown lifts.

The ceremony, which was broadcasted live on ITV, celebrated the return to live music and Dua Lipa promised those attending that it would ‘be a night to remember’.

Friendly: Dua appeared in great spirits as she excitedly waved to the crowds of fans and photographers on the red carpet

Friendly: Dua was seen addressing crowds with a microphone

Friendly: Dua appeared in great spirits as she excitedly waved to the crowds of fans and photographers on the red carpet 

Catching all the best angles: She was sure to give photographers a thorough look at her gown

Catching all the best angles: She was sure to give photographers a thorough look at her gown

Gorgeous: The singer looked sensational in her designer ensemble

Talented: The star is nominated for three awards

Gorgeous: The London-born singing sensation looked incredible in her designer ensemble 

The indoor ceremony and live show formed part of the Government’s scientific Events Research Programme, and used enhanced testing approaches to examine how events can take place without the need for social distancing after all restrictions are lifted on June 21.

Working closely with the Government to adhere to safety guidelines, The BRITs was the first live music show at The O2 in over a year, with 4,000 tickets being up for grabs – just one fifth of the venue’s 20,000 capacity

The BRITs played an important role in paving the way for the return of live music at scale as the UK emerges from the past year’s restrictions.

Audience members were not socially distanced or required to wear face coverings in the arena, but were required to follow existing Government guidance when travelling to the venue and adhere to rules set out by the event organisers.

Among the rules, attendees had to have proof of a negative lateral flow test result to enter the venue.

As part of the wider scientific research on the trial events, attendees were also asked to take a test after the event to gather further evidence on the safety of indoor settings, reduced social distancing and the removal of non-pharmaceutical interventions like face coverings.

Stealing the show: The brunette beauty's flattering frock of choice helped her steal the show

Stealing the show: The brunette beauty’s flattering frock of choice helped her steal the show

Sparkle: Dua further complemented her glamorous ensemble with a triple row pearl necklace with a matching bracelet and earrings

Sparkle: Dua further complemented her glamorous ensemble with a triple row pearl necklace with a matching bracelet and earrings

Chat: She was interviewed backstage by Clara Amfo ahead of the anticipated show kicking off

Chat: She was interviewed backstage by Clara Amfo ahead of the anticipated show kicking off

BRIT AWARDS WINNERS 2021

FEMALE SOLO ARTIST 

ARLO PARKS

CELESTE 

DUA LIPA – WINNER

JESSIE WARE 

 LIANNE LA HAVAS

MALE SOLO ARTIST 

AJ TRACEY

HEADIE ONE 

J HUS – WINNER

JOEL CORRY 

YUNGBLUD

BRITISH GROUP 

BICEP

BIFFY CLYRO 

LITTLE MIX – WINNER

THE 1975 

YOUNG T & BUGSEY

BRITs RISING STAR 

GRIFF WARNER – WINNER

PA SALIEU

RINA SAWAYAMA 

MASTERCARD ALBUM 

ARLO PARKS COLLAPSED IN SUNBEAMS 

CELESTE NOT YOUR MUSE 

DUA LIPA FUTURE NOSTALGIA – WINNER

J HUS BIG CONSPIRACY

JESSIE WARE WHAT’S YOUR PLEASURE? 

INTERNATIONAL GROUP

BTS 

D.C. PARTISAN 

FOO FIGHTERS 

HAIM – WINNER

RUN THE JEWELS

RISING STAR

Griff

BREAKTHROUGH ARTIST 

ARLO PARKS – WINNER

BICEP 

CELESTE 

JOEL CORRY 

YOUNG T & BUGSEY

BRITISH SINGLE

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 

ARIANA GRANDE

BILLIE EILISH – WINNER

CARDI B

MILEY CYRUS 

TAYLOR SWIFT 

INTERNATIONAL MALE SOLO ARTIST 

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN  

BURNA BOY 

CHILDISH GAMBINO 

TAME IMPALA FICTION

THE WEEKND – WINNER

GLOBAL ICON

Taylor Swift  

 



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