Monday 25 September 2017

Taylor Swift and 'best friend' Ed Sheeran are the big winners at the Brit Awards

Taylor Swift won her first ever Brit Award on Wednesday night.

The Shake It Off singer beat Beyoncé, Sia, Lana Del Rey and St.Vincent to be crowned International Female Solo Artist.

US singer Taylor Swift poses with her International Female Solo Artist award at the BRIT Awards
US singer Taylor Swift poses with her International Female Solo Artist award at the BRIT Awards
US singer Taylor Swift poses with her International Female Solo Artist award at the BRIT Awards
US singer Taylor Swift poses with her International Female Solo Artist award at the BRIT Awards
Singer Taylor Swift, winner of the International Female Solo Artist Award, poses in the winners room during the BRIT Awards

And taking to the stage at the O2 Arena in London, Taylor paid tribute to her close friend and frequent collaborator Ed Sheeran for all his help over the years.

“Honestly I know I wouldn’t be up here if it wasn’t for one of my best friends who took me to pubs and taught me how to make a good cup of tea and taught me everything I know about the UK,” Taylor told the audience. “I just want to say I love you Ed Sheeran.”

Ed had earlier been crowned a winner himself, after taking the British Male Solo Artist award.

Taylor also mentioned her fellow English pals Cara Delevingne, Ellie Goulding, who presented her with the award, and Sam Smith.

Singer Ed Sheeran arrives for the BRIT music awards at the O2 Arena in Greenwich
Singer Ed Sheeran arrives for the BRIT music awards at the O2 Arena in Greenwich
Singer Rita Ora arrives for the BRIT music awards at the O2 Arena in Greenwich, London
Actor and singer Raleigh Ritchie arrives for the BRIT music awards at the O2 Arena in Greenwich, London
Rita Ora arriving for the 2015 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London.
Rita Ora arriving for the 2015 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London.
Singer Jessie Ware arrives for the BRIT music awards at the O2 Arena in Greenwich, London
Lewis Hamilton arriving for the 2015 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London.
Lewis Hamilton arriving for the 2015 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London.
Lewis Hamilton arriving for the 2015 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London.
Musician Jimmy Page arrives for the BRIT music awards at the O2 Arena in Greenwich, London
Musician Jimmy Page arrives for the BRIT music awards at the O2 Arena in Greenwich, London
Adam Lambert arriving for the 2015 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London.
Melanie Sykes arriving for the 2015 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London
Caroline Flack arriving for the 2015 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London.
Caroline Flack arriving for the 2015 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London.
Nick Grimshaw arriving for the 2015 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London.
Caroline Flack arriving for the 2015 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London.
Mike Kerr and Ben Thatcher of Royal Blood arriving for the 2015 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London.
Singer FKA twigs arrives for the BRIT music awards at the O2 Arena in Greenwich, London
Singers Rita Ora and Ricky Wilson arrive for the BRIT music awards at the O2 Arena in Greenwich, London
Singer Rita Ora arrives for the BRIT music awards at the O2 Arena in Greenwich, London
Singer Rita Ora arrives for the BRIT music awards at the O2 Arena in Greenwich, London
Singer FKA twigs arrives for the BRIT music awards at the O2 Arena in Greenwich, London
Calvin Harris arriving for the 2015 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London.
Marvin Humes arriving for the 2015 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London.
Michelle Keegan and Mark Wright arriving for the 2015 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London.
Michelle Keegan and Mark Wright arriving for the 2015 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London.
Cameron Edwards (left) and Joe Lenzie of Sigma arriving for the 2015 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London.
Michelle Keegan and Mark Wright arriving for the 2015 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London.
Jacob Anderson aka Raleigh Ritchie arriving for the 2015 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena
Jacob Anderson aka Raleigh Ritchie arriving for the 2015 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London.
Singer Jamelia arrives for the BRIT music awards at the O2 Arena in Greenwich, London
Michelle Keegan arriving for the 2015 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London.
Singer Jamelia arrives for the BRIT music awards at the O2 Arena in Greenwich, London
Michelle Keegan arriving for the 2015 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London
Michelle Keegan arriving for the 2015 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London
Singer Jamelia arrives for the BRIT music awards at the O2 Arena in Greenwich, London,
Pop group Rudimental (L-R) members Piers Agget, Kesi Dryden, Amir Amor and DJ Locksmith arrive for the BRIT music awards at the O2 Arena
Jessie Ware arriving for the 2015 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London.
Ben Haenow arriving for the 2015 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London
Mark Ronson and Josephine de La Baume arriving for the 2015 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena
Singer Mariana Diamandis arrives for the BRIT music awards at the O2 Arena in Greenwich, London
Mark Ronson and Josephine de La Baume arriving for the 2015 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena
Marina Diamandis arriving for the 2015 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London.
Marina Diamandis arriving for the 2015 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London.
Sarah Hadland arriving for the 2015 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London.
Television reality star Michelle Keegan arrives for the BRIT music awards at the O2 Arena in Greenwich, London
Television presenter Holly Willoughby arrives for the BRIT music awards at the O2 Arena in Greenwich, London
Television presenter Holly Willoughby arrives for the BRIT music awards at the O2 Arena in Greenwich, London
Television reality stars Mark Wright and Michelle Keegan arrive for the BRIT music awards at the O2 Arena
Fearne Cotton arriving for the 2015 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London.
Sam Smith arriving for the 2015 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London.
Fearne Cotton arriving for the 2015 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London.
Fearne Cotton arriving for the 2015 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London.
Sam Smith arriving for the 2015 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London.
Ella Henderson arriving for the 2015 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London.
Singer Sam Smith arrives for the BRIT music awards at the O2 Arena in Greenwich, London
(Left to right) Kesi Dryden, Piers Agget, Amir Amor and DJ Locksmith of Rudimental arriving for the 2015 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London.
Ella Henderson arriving for the 2015 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London.
Holly Willoughby arriving for the 2015 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London.
Holly Willoughby arriving for the 2015 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London.
Lianne La Havas arriving for the 2015 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London.
Ella Henderson arriving for the 2015 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London.
Singer George Ezra arrives for the BRIT music awards at the O2 Arena in Greenwich, London
Holly Willoughby arriving for the 2015 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London.
Singer George Ezra arrives for the BRIT music awards at the O2 Arena in Greenwich, London
Singer Jess Glynne arrives for the BRIT music awards at the O2 Arena in Greenwich, London
Singer Jess Glynne arrives for the BRIT music awards at the O2 Arena in Greenwich, London
Jo Whiley arriving for the 2015 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London.
George Ezra arriving for the 2015 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London.
Jess Glynne arriving for the 2015 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London.
Laura Jackson arriving for the 2015 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London.
Jess Glynne arriving for the 2015 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London.
Jess Glynne arriving for the 2015 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London.
Jess Glynne arriving for the 2015 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London.
Laura Jackson arriving for the 2015 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London.
Laura Jackson arriving for the 2015 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London.
Duke Dumont arriving for the 2015 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London.
Laura Jackson arriving for the 2015 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London.
Rebecca Ferguson arriving for the 2015 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London.
Singer James Bay arrives for the BRIT music awards at the O2 Arena
Ed Sheeran arriving for the 2015 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London.
Paloma Faith arriving for the 2015 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London.
James Bay arriving for the 2015 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London.
Singer Paloma Faith arrives for the BRIT music awards at the O2 Arena in Greenwich, London, February 25, 2015. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett
Paloma Faith arrives for the BRIT music awards at the O2 Arena in Greenwich, London, February 25, 2015. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett

“I also want to thank my other British friends – Cara, Ellie and Sam, I’m very lucky to have them in my life,” she added. “And I’m very lucky to have the British fans in my life, I love you.”

Notably absent from storming the stage was Kanye West, who famously interrupted Taylor when she beat Beyoncé to win a MTV Video Music Award back in 2009.

Kanye was present at the ceremony, where he performed new track All Day, after being introduced by his wife Kim Kardashian.

Meanwhile Taylor had opened the ceremony with a stylish performance of her hit track Blank Space.

Wearing a black jacket and tiny shorts, Taylor gave the performance her all as she belted out the song.

Other winners from the early part of the ceremony included Royal Blood, who were crowned Best British Group, Paloma Faith, who won British Female Solo Artist and Sam Smith who received the Global Success gong.

The winners at the Brit Awards 2015 with MasterCard are:

:: Best British Solo Male:

Ed Sheeran

:: British Solo Female:

Paloma Faith

:: British Group:

Royal Blood

:: British Breakthrough Act:

Sam Smith

:: British Single:

Mark Ronson ft Bruno Mars - Uptown Funk

:: Mastercard British Album Of The Year:

Ed Sheeran - X

:: British Producer Of The Year:

Paul Epworth

:: British Artist Video Of The Year:

One Direction - You & I

:: International Solo Male:

Pharrell Williams

:: International Solo Female:

Taylor Swift

:: International Group:

Foo Fighters

:: Critics' Choice winner:

James Bay

:: Global Success award, for international sales:

Sam Smith

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