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     THE BRITS AWARDS 2007

 

I liked the annual Brits Music Awards this year – The presenter was a comedy genius. I always like Russell Brand - he manages to be rude about everyone without actually being offensive – and he can be risqué and political too – a man not afraid to say what he thinks, but with  genuine reverence for the people he has a dig at too.

There were some excellent performances, Oasis - good Manchester lads, closed the show brilliantly.  - The Red Hot Chilli Peppers were a great act as ever and there was an amazing opening number by the Scissor Sisters - the separating legs and flying about were as good as special effects in a video.

          There were a few minor embarrassments - Amy Winehouse seemed to be too drunk to sing at her best - Joss Stone had the cheek to sing a few of her lines in just supporting a nomination. It was as if she resented not being invited to perform her own material. There was also the product placement use of large bottles of Irn Bru, which some award winners used to congratulate one another as Grand Prix winners do with Champaign.

                      Sad to see Take That get so heavily honoured though they look rather too old now for their old boy band image – and the delightful Lily Allen, nominated for more than one award, received nothing other than Brand's assertion that she had sprung from her father's willy. 

                ITV seemed to expect a riot or controversy comparable to the 1990's Jarvis Cocker stage invasion against Michael Jackson – in fact there seemed to be a wish for trouble in filling the venue with hell-raisers. Nothing went wrong bar ITV getting squeamish about potential bad language and cutting the sound, even during some Oasis songs.                    

Overall a fun show - beats the dark days of the Mick Fleetwood- Samantha Fox presentation farce.

Arthur Chappell

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