Friday 23 February 2018

Stage flight for Madonna at Brit Awards

Robert Dex

Madonna suffered an embarrassing wardrobe malfunction at the Brit Awards after she was dragged off the stage by her own cloak.

The 56-year-old queen of pop was closing last night's ceremony in London with a performance of her song 'Living For Love'.

Madonna falls during her performance at the 2015 Brit Awards
Madonna falls during her performance at the 2015 Brit Awards
Taylor Swift performing on stage at the Brit awards 2015
Taylor Swift poses with her International Female Solo Artist award at the BRIT Awards 2015
Ed Sheeran with his Best Male Solo Artist Award on stage during the BRIT Awards 2015
Ed Sheeran performs on stage during the BRIT Awards 2015
Ed Sheeran performs on stage during the BRIT Awards 2015
Ed Sheeran with his awards for Best British Male Solo Artist and British Album of the Year at the 2015 Brit Awards
Paloma Faith at the Brit awards 2015

Madonna entered with a troupe of male dancers, and appeared to fumble with a large cloak she was wearing. The garment seemed to be pulled backward, and Madonna fell down three steps while her dancers looked on, seemingly in shock. In a post on Instagram after the performance, Madonna said she was doing OK.

"Armani hooked me up! My beautiful cape was tied too tight! But nothing can stop me and love really lifted me up!" she wrote. "Thanks for your good wishes! I'm fine!"

The song includes a lyric about stumbling, then continues "I'm gonna carry on" - and Madonna did, continuing the matador-themed routine.

The two golden boys of pop - Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith - went head to head at the awards ceremony, with Sheeran winning best British male solo artist.

Accepting his award, Sheeran said: "That's a good way to start the night" and dedicated the win to one of his staff, Deirdre, who worked with him on his first Brits in 2011.

The second award - for British group - went to Royal Blood.

Mark Ronson presented the award - designed by Tracey Emin - for best British female solo artist to Paloma Faith, who won at the third time of trying.

The tearful singer said: "I'm so moved, it's been a long time coming.

"I'm a big fan of Tracey Emin, I'm a big fan of women all over the world and it's taken me 14 years to stand up here and accept this award and it means so much to me."

The self-confessed "bumbling wreck" dedicated her award to "all the underdogs and the grafters".

The award for international solo artist went to Taylor Swift, who opened the show. The US star picked up her first Brit award, telling the audience: "I've been coming to England and playing shows for eight years and this is my first Brit award. I'm so happy."

She paid tribute to Sheeran, saying: "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 to make a good cup of tea and taught me everything I know about the UK."

The award for Global Success was presented by Kim Kardashian to Sam Smith, who has stormed the charts in the US, selling more than one million records.

Smith, whose rise began when he was named the Critics' Choice winner at the Brits last year, said his win was proof he was "stepping in the right direction".

The award for British artist video - voted for by the viewers - went to One Direction for 'You & I'. Accepting it on their behalf, Simon Cowell said: "This is so exciting, but Sam you can't win everything tonight."

Irish Independent

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