Brit Awards 2017: Skepta Performance Censorship Sparks Social Media Backlash

Darren Sullivan
February 23, 2017

The BRITs 2017 are held at London's O2 Arena, airing live in the United Kingdom on ITV from 7:30pm.

The annual ceremony, held at London's O2 Arena, kicked off with early arrivals from the Scottish rock band, who are nominated for British Group, and Critics' Choice victor Rag'n'Bone Man.

Earlier, David also won the British Male Solo Artist award, beating Craig David, Skepta, Kano and Michael Kiwanuka and Michael C. Hall accepted the gong on his behalf from presenter Zane Lowe.

The grime artist was one of several British stars to take to the stage during this year's ceremony, performing his song "Shutdown", taken from his Mercury Prize-winning album, "Konnichiwa".

Healy told entertainers with a platform not to heed advice to "stay in your lane when it comes to social issues". Drake was named worldwide male solo artist, while Beyonce took the global female prize. She won this year's Global Success award, which recognizes worldwide sales.

He said that "if you have a platform, don't do that". This year, they were up for Best British Group, but lost to the 1975.

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When Adele stopped and restarted her George Michael tribute at the Grammy Awards, technical difficulties weren't to blame. She also sung "Love Drought" (up by 1,249%) and "Sandcastles" (up 1,000%).

Leonard Cohen has also been nominated for a posthumous award, competing for worldwide male solo artist against Bon Iver, Bruno Mars, Drake and The Weeknd.

Coldplay singer Chris Martin performed a moving rendition of Michael's "A Different Corner" - dueting with a recording of Michael himself.

Neil said: "George is a total legend, I love the way he conducted himself throughout his career, he's been great with charity, he never really chased fame, he just did what he wanted to do, he made the music he wanted to, and at the tail end of what was a bad year last year it is so important to value people like George Michael".

Organizers responded by expanding the diversity of the voter base of 1,000 music-industry figures.

Adele, who took four Grammys last week, was not up for many Brits because her album "25" was eligible previous year, and won four Brits. There are nominations this year's for Emeli Sandé, Leona Lewis, Skepta and Stormzy.

Capital's breakfast hosts George Shelley and Lilah Parsons will front the Brits official Red Carpet Live stream on Facebook.