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Little Mix win 'British single' prize at BRIT Awards

Little Mix win 'British single' prize at BRIT Awards”

The Brit Awards 2017 took place at London's O2 Arena tonight (22 February) with Dermot O'Leary and Emma Willis hosting the festivities.

He had previously won four BRITs - twice winning Best British Male, picking up the Outstanding Contribution To Music award in 1996 and the BRITs Icon award, given posthumously previous year.

The late David Bowie, Adele and the 1975 are among 2017 BRIT award winners. The "British Group" accolade went to band The 1975.

Last year's Brit Awards, like last year's Oscars, came under fire from people who accused it of a lack of diversity because of there being so few nominations for BAME artists.

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His son, film director Duncan Jones, accepted the award on his behalf, noting that his father died the same year Jones became a father.

Worldwide female solo artist sees a sibling rivalry between Beyonce and her sister Solange, who are also competing with Christine and the Queens, Rihanna and Sia.

He said: "The songs in the category and the artists are so much bigger than I am, so I'm not expecting to win anything".

To live tweet and follow along with others watching the 2017 Brit Awards, use hashtag #BRITs on Twitter.

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Ed, who has topped the United Kingdom charts since his return from a year-long hiatus, will perform, as will Robbie Williams and Bruno Mars, fresh from his Prince tribute at the Grammys earlier this month.

The awards, a showcase for British sound and style with a sprinkling of big-name global acts, have been accused of failing to represent the industry's ethnic diversity.

Grime artists Stormzy and Kano are also awards contenders, reflecting the growing artistic and commercial clout of the distinctly British rap genre.

This year's list was more diverse, with Sande, soul singer Michael Kiwanuka and singer-songwriter Lianne La Havas among non-white British contenders, along with the three grime performers.

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