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BRIT Awards 2021: Dua Lipa plays medley as she pays homage to Geri Horner in Union Jack outfit

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Dua Lipa hit the stage in scintillating style when she performed at the 2021 BRIT Awards on Tuesday night.

The singer, 25, entertained fans as she ran through a medley of some of her biggest hits at the ceremony, held at London’s O2, while donning an eye-catching ensemble that included a Union Jack-print wrap skirt -with a cheeky thong underneath.

Levitating hitmaker Dua’s choice of ensemble hearkened back to Geri Horner’s headline-making patriotic minidress, which she wore as she performed at the same awards show some 24 years ago, back in 1997.

Dua teamed her skirt of choice with a matching blazer – which she swiftly removed – a white blouse and black cravat, while a gold waistcoat with a scooped neckline complemented her look.

Adding a racy touch, the star retained her black stockings and suspenders from her red carpet ensemble, while patent buckle heels rounded out her head-turning look as she flashed her derriere.

The chart-topping star oozed Hollywood glamour as she styled her signature raven locks into a beehive hairdo and added a palette of impeccably-applied makeup. 

Also taking to the stage on the night were Elton John and Years & Years, who teamed up to perform the Pet Shop Boys classic It’s A Sin, after teasing the surprise collaboration on social media ahead of the show. 

Patriotic look: Dua looked sensational as she worked the stage in her Union Jack ensemble

Patriotic look: Dua looked sensational as she worked the stage in her Union Jack ensemble 

Paying homage: Levitating hitmaker Dua's choice of ensemble hearkened back to Geri Horner's headline-making patriotic minidress

A trip down memory lane: Geri Horner wore the iconic minidress  as she performed at the same awards show some 24 years ago, back in 1997

Paying homage: Levitating hitmaker Dua’s choice of ensemble hearkened back to Geri Horner’s headline-making patriotic minidress, which she wore as she performed at the same awards show some 24 years ago, back in 1997 (left)

Oh my! Dua showed off her pert posterior in her racy lingerie as she danced during her medley

Oh my! Dua showed off her pert posterior in her racy lingerie as she danced during her medley

Flag blazer: The 25-year-old singer hit the stage in a Union Jack blazer, which she soon shed as she got into her performance

Flag blazer: The 25-year-old singer hit the stage in a Union Jack blazer, which she soon shed as she got into her performance

Serving looks: Dua teamed her skirt of choice with a white blouse and black cravat, while a gold waistcoat with a scooped neckline complemented her look

Serving looks: Dua teamed her skirt of choice with a white blouse and black cravat, while a gold waistcoat with a scooped neckline complemented her look

Glamorous: The chart-topping star oozed Hollywood glamour as she styled her signature raven locks into a beehive hairdo and added a palette of impeccably-applied makeup

Glamorous: The chart-topping star oozed Hollywood glamour as she styled her signature raven locks into a beehive hairdo and added a palette of impeccably-applied makeup

The Rocket Man hitmaker, 74, took to the stage with Years & Years frontman Olly Alexander, 30, after becoming a huge fan of Olly’s performance as Ritchie Tozer in Channel 4 drama It’s A Sin.

And the joint performance was heavily hinted at on social media, with Elton, Years and Years and The Brit Awards’ Instagram accounts all sharing words that spell out ‘It’s A Sin.’

Sir Elton got the rumour mill going on Monday night by posting the word ‘It’s’ on a brightly coloured background, before Years & Years dropped the word ‘A’ in an identical font.

Fuelling the speculation further, the official Brit Awards page then posted the word ‘Sin’, getting fans excited for what will no doubt be an epic performance.

Their cover of It’s A Sin was a fitting choice, as, it shares its name with the critically acclaimed series which starred Olly.  

Hotsteppers: The star's troupe of energetic backing dancers helped to keep the performance visually appealing on the night

Hotsteppers: The star’s troupe of energetic backing dancers helped to keep the performance visually appealing on the night

Three is a magic number: It was a big night for the singer, who arrived at the show vying for an impressive three nominations

Dominant force: She has proved to be a dominant force on the pop charts since making her debut a handful of years ago

Three is a magic number: It was a big night for the singer, who arrived at the show vying for an impressive three nominations

Best seat in the house: During her performance, which occurred early on in the ceremony, she used a grey chair as a prop

Best seat in the house: During her performance, which occurred early on in the ceremony, she used a grey chair as a prop

So popular: Dua's performance appeared to prove popular, as members of the audience were heard reacting enthusiastically

So popular: Dua’s performance appeared to prove popular, as members of the audience were heard reacting enthusiastically

Here she comes: Stocking-clad Dua caught the eye in her Union Jack outfit backstage at the annual event on Tuesday evening

Here she comes: Stocking-clad Dua caught the eye in her Union Jack outfit backstage at the annual event on Tuesday evening

Here she comes: Stocking-clad Dua caught the eye in her Union Jack outfit backstage at the annual event on Tuesday evening

And the award for best pins goes to: The singer's legs were highlighted in a clip shared with Instagram followers

And the award for best pins goes to: The singer’s legs were highlighted in a clip shared with Instagram followers 

All things bright and beautiful: The iconic London venue's lights flooded the big stage with an assortment of bright colours

All things bright and beautiful: The iconic London venue’s lights flooded the big stage with an assortment of bright colours

Elton was a huge fan of It’s A Sin when it aired on TV earlier this year and even shared his appreciation on social media.

Olly starred alongside a cast of rising stars and celebrated favourites including Keeley Hawes, Stephen Fry and Neil Patrick Harris and It’s a Sin has been universally praised by fans.

Coldplay opened the BRIT Awards with an incredible pre-recorded performance on London’s River Thames.

The band, fronted by lead singer Chris Martin, 44, performed their new single Higher Power from a barge in front of the O2 ahead of the live event.

Going on all out for the opening act, Coldplay opted for futuristic dancing holograms and sparkling fireworks for the showcase, which was filmed in the heart of the capital last month. 

Performance: Also taking to the stage on the night were Elton John and Years & Years, who teamed up to perform the Pet Shop Boys classic It's A Sin, after teasing the surprise collaboration on social media ahead of the show

Performance: Also taking to the stage on the night were Elton John and Years & Years, who teamed up to perform the Pet Shop Boys classic It’s A Sin, after teasing the surprise collaboration on social media ahead of the show

Mutual fans: The Rocket Man hitmaker, 74, took to the stage with Years & Years frontman Olly Alexander, 30, after becoming a huge fan of Olly's performance as Ritchie Tozer in Channel 4 drama It's A Sin

Top of the crops: Olly was seen performing in a sparkling crop top

Mutual fans: The Rocket Man hitmaker, 74, took to the stage with Years & Years frontman Olly Alexander, 30, after becoming a huge fan of Olly’s performance as Ritchie Tozer in Channel 4 drama It’s A Sin

Spelling it out: The joint performance was heavily hinted at on social media, with Elton, Years and Years and The Brit Awards' Instagram accounts all sharing words that spell out 'It's A Sin'

Spelling it out: The joint performance was heavily hinted at on social media, with Elton, Years and Years and The Brit Awards’ Instagram accounts all sharing words that spell out ‘It’s A Sin’

Title: Their cover of It's A Sin was a fitting choice, as, it shares its name with the critically acclaimed series which starred Olly

Writhe: The musician and actor writhed around on the stage during his performance

Title: Their cover of It’s A Sin was a fitting choice, as, it shares its name with the critically acclaimed series which starred Olly

Red cloak: Olly sported a red cloak as he sat on top of the grand piano. He later removed the garment during the performance

Red cloak: Olly sported a red cloak as he sat on top of the grand piano. He later removed the garment during the performance

Praise: Elton was a huge fan of It's A Sin when it aired on TV earlier this year and even shared his appreciation on social media

Dapper gent: He cut a dapper figure in his suit of choice

Praise: Elton was a huge fan of It’s A Sin when it aired on TV earlier this year and even shared his appreciation on social media

Chris was ever the showman in the band’s performance as they took to the barge situated outside the O2 Arena. 

The performance included the use of jaw-dropping holograms, adding to the sci-fi theme after the band unveiled their new single last week by streaming it on board the International Space Station. 

It was a performance that kicked off a stellar return to live music, which also included performances from Rag’n’Bone Man, Pink, The Weeknd and Headie One.

Higher Power features on Coldplay’s new album which is called Music Of The Spheres, another reference to space and life beyond Earth. 

Wow! Coldplay opened the BRIT Awards 2021 with an incredible pre-recorded performance on the River Thames on Tuesday

Wow! Coldplay opened the BRIT Awards 2021 with an incredible pre-recorded performance on the River Thames on Tuesday

Amazing: The band, fronted by lead singer Chris Martin, 44, performed their new single Higher Power from a barge in front of the O2 ahead of the live event

Amazing: The band, fronted by lead singer Chris Martin, 44, performed their new single Higher Power from a barge in front of the O2 ahead of the live event

Energetic: Going on all out for the opening act, Coldplay opted for futuristic dancing holograms and sparkling fireworks

Energetic: Going on all out for the opening act, Coldplay opted for futuristic dancing holograms and sparkling fireworks

What a show! Chris was ever the showman in the band's performance as they took to the barge situated outside the O2 Arena

What a show! Chris was ever the showman in the band’s performance as they took to the barge situated outside the O2 Arena

New release: Higher Power features on Coldplay's new album which is called Music Of The Spheres, another reference to space and life beyond Earth

New release: Higher Power features on Coldplay’s new album which is called Music Of The Spheres, another reference to space and life beyond Earth

New album: Higher Power features on Coldplay's new album which is called Music Of The Spheres, another reference to space and life beyond Earth

New album: Higher Power features on Coldplay’s new album which is called Music Of The Spheres, another reference to space and life beyond Earth

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 track was produced by music mastermind, Max Martin, who is known for making numerous hit records including Britney Spears’ Baby One More Time and Backstreet Boys’ I Want It That Way.  

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

The awards ceremony truly belonged to Dua Lipa, 25, 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. 

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.

Hitmaker: The track was produced by music mastermind, Max Martin, who is known for making numerous hit records including Britney Spears' Baby One More Time and Backstreet Boys' I Want It That Way

Hitmaker: The track was produced by music mastermind, Max Martin, who is known for making numerous hit records including Britney Spears’ Baby One More Time and Backstreet Boys’ I Want It That Way

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.  

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.

Closing show: Rag'n'Bone Man closed out the show with a rousing performance of his new track Anywhere Away From Here

Closing show: Rag’n’Bone Man closed out the show with a rousing performance of his new track Anywhere Away From Here

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.

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.   

Beamed performance: The musician was joined for the performance by his duet partner Pink, who was beamed onto the stage

Beamed performance: The musician was joined for the performance by his duet partner Pink, who was beamed onto the stage

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.

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’.  

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

Voices in unison: A sizeable choir accompanied the stars as they closed out the star-studded ceremony in memorable style

Voices in unison: A sizeable choir accompanied the stars as they closed out the star-studded ceremony in memorable style

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.  

Show-stoppers: Their big performance rounded out a slew of show-stopping moments during the star-studded ceremony

Show-stoppers: Their big performance rounded out a slew of show-stopping moments during the star-studded ceremony

Breathtaking performance: : Griff captured the audience's attention as she put on a rousing performance of Black Hole

Purple reign: She looked sensational as she took to the stage in a purple gown

Breathtaking performance: : Griff captured the audience’s attention as she put on a rousing performance of Black Hole

Winning big: It proved to be a victorious night for Griff, who picked up the coveted Rising Star award after her performance

Winning big: It proved to be a victorious night for Griff, who picked up the coveted Rising Star award after her performance

Debut single: The Hertfordshire native, whose real name is Sarah Faith Griffiths, released her debut single Mirror Talk in 2019

Debut single: The Hertfordshire native, whose real name is Sarah Faith Griffiths, released her debut single Mirror Talk in 2019

Virtual performance:  Singer The Weeknd was also on hand to perform at the show, although he made his appearance virtually

Virtual performance:  Singer The Weeknd was also on hand to perform at the show, although he made his appearance virtually

Covered up: The Canadian musician, real name Abel Tesfaye, could barely visible, covering his face with a wide-brimmed hat

Outerwear: He teamed his headgear with a baggy coat

Covered up: The Canadian musician, real name Abel Tesfaye, could barely visible, covering his face with a wide-brimmed hat

High energy show: Young T & Bugsey, left, performed with grime star Headie One, right, during the star-studded ceremony

High energy show: Young T & Bugsey, left, performed with grime star Headie One, right, during the star-studded ceremony

Important role: 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

Important role: 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

New rules: Audience members were not socially distanced or required to wear face coverings in the arena, but they were required to follow existing Government guidance when travelling to the venue

New rules: Audience members were not socially distanced or required to wear face coverings in the arena, but they were required to follow existing Government guidance when travelling to the venue

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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