The late David Bowie's son Duncan Jones accepted the award for Mastercard British Album of the Year at the Brit awards on behalf of his father, who passed away in 2016. Speaking about his dad passing away on the same year he became a father to a baby boy, he said: "I was spending a lot of time wondering, 'What would I want my son to know about his granddad?' He's always supported people who were a little bit weird."
He continued: "This award is for all the kooks, and the people who make the kooks." Fans were quick to praise Duncan's beautiful speech, with one writing: "That @ManMadeMoon is a brilliant testament to his father #brits." Another added: "Such a special man. We're all proud as punch too Duncan." David also won the award for British male solo artist, and Dexter star Michael C. Hall, who played the lead character in David's musical Lazarus, accepted the award on his behalf, saying: "Maybe he is here tonight. I don't know."
The Brit awards paid tributes to music icons who sadly passed away in 2016, including George Michael. His former Wham! band mates Andrew Ridgeley, Pepsi and Shirlie paid a heartbreaking homage to their friend, with Andrew saying: "George was like a brother to me, and I will always be so proud of his incredible achievements. I remember him telling me with great pride that You Have Been Loved was one of Princess Diana's songs… He understood love, loss, happiness and grief and used it to help heal the wounds life inflicted on us… I will never forget my wonderful friend." Pepsi added: "We always knew that George was destined to become a star in his own right, on tour Shirlie and I would watch him sing. His voice was stunning, pitch perfect."