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Brit Awards 2023 Best Moments: Harry Styles sweeps the board with major wins

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Francesca Shillcock
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The biggest names in music gathered at London's O2 Arena on Saturday night for the 2023 Brit Awards.

Comedian and TV presenter Mo Gilligan was back for his second time as the host of the show. As the evening's MC, Mo welcomed artists to the stage for some major performances and provided witty commentary throughout as the awards were handed throughout.

But it wasn't just Mo who fans got to see on stage. Before he swept the board with his multiple wins across the night, Harry Styles kicked off the show with his performance of As It Was. Fans also saw Lizzo, Stormzy and Lewis Capaldi take to the stage, as well as Best Group winners, Wet Leg, and singer Cat Burns.

WATCH: Harry Styles visibly moved as he sweeps the board at the BRITs

  • Harry Styles sweeps the board with major wins
  • Fans left confused after Mo Gilligan's addresses technical difficulties
  • Kim Petras and Sam Smith put on daring performance of Unholy
  • Stormzy brought the house down with emotional performance
  • Harry Styles made very candid comment about privilege
  • Mo Gilligan apologised to viewers after making on-air blunder
  • Beyoncé made a surprise appearance after big win

Harry Styles sweeps the board with major wins 

London's O2 Arena was transformed into Harry's House after Harry Styles swept the board at this year's Brit Awards. The superstar won four awards in the biggest categories of the night: Song of the Year, Best Pop Act, Album of the Year and Artist of the Year. Harry said he was "so proud" to be a Britist act out in the world before. 

Harry Styles wins album of the year© Photo: Getty Images

Fans confused as Mo Gilligan addresses technical difficulties 

Viewers watching the Brit Awards at home were left somewhat confused when Mo Gilligan announced they were having some technical difficulties in the arena, as he told the crowd: "This is the real world!" Although the technical faults were not revealed, the TV host said they were going to show Adele's performance from last year's ceremony of her song, I Drink Wine, while they fixed the error in question.

Kim Petras and Sam Smith put on daring performance 

Kim Petras and Sam Smith put on a daring performance of their hit track Unholy as the Brits neared its close on Saturday night. The artists, who picked up the Grammy for their duet last week, left viewers wowed with the brilliant routine and epic garage-themed set.

Sam Smith performs unholy© Photo: Getty Images

Sam Smith performed Unholy at the Brits

Harry Styles makes candid comment about privilege during acceptance speech

Harry Styles spoke about "his privilege" while accepting the award for Artist of the Year. The Watermelon Sugar singer made the comment to say he was "aware" of the privilege he has. Some fans on Twitter were quick to ask if this was a reference to the criticism he faced for his speech at last week's Grammy Awards where he said: "Things like this don't usually happen to people like me," which raised the eyebrows of some. 

Harry's comment also comes after the Brit Awards came under criticism for only having male artists in the gender-neutral Artist of the Year category. Harry also thanked his mum for signing him up for The X Factor without him knowing, as well as his former One Direction bandmates Louis, Niall, Zayn and Liam. 

Stormzy brought the house down with emotional performance

Stormzy took to the stage to sing a medley of hits from his brand new album This Is What I Mean at London's O2 Arena. The rapper was nominated in a number of categories but lost on a trophy on the night.

Stormzy Brits 2023© Photo: Getty Images

Stormzy performed hits from This Is What I Mean

Mo Gilligan apologised to viewers after making on-air blunder

Host Mo Gilligan apologised to viewers and the audience at the Brit Awards after introducing Lewis Capaldi as Sam Capaldi before the Brit Award nominee took to the stage to perform his song, Forget You. After Lewis finished his performance, Mo said sorry to viewers, before adding: "It just goes to show how strong the drinks are!"

Mo Gilligan for Brits 2023© Photo: Getty Images

Mo introduced Lewis Capaldi as Sam

Beyoncé made surprise appearance at the Brit Awards 2023

Beyoncé surprised viewers when she appeared via video message at this year's Brit Awards to accept the award for International Artist of the Year. The superstar sadly wasn't there in person to collect her trophy, but Beyonce looked stunning in the pre-recorded message as she held the bronze statue while wearing a gorgeous monochrome ensemble. The Cuff It singer said she was so grateful to her fans in Britain and finished her speech with: "I'll see you on tour!" 

She later won a second win for International Song of the Year for her track, Break My Soul.

Beyonce at Brits video message© Photo: ITV

Beyonce thanked her UK fans for their support

Harry Styles wows as he kicks off the Brits 2023

Harry Styles kicked off the Brit Awards in style. The superstar, who arrived in London fresh from his Grammys success last week, took to the stage in an open red sequined jacket to sing his hit track As It Was. Harry won many awards across the evening including Artist of the Year and Song of the Year. 

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Harry Styles sings As It Was at the Brits 2023© Photo: Getty Images

Harry Styles opened the show with As It Was 

Who performed at the Brit Awards 2023?

Fans saw some huge names at this year's Brit Awards. Harry Styles, Lizzo, Stormzy, Wet Leg, Sam Smith & Kim Petras, David Guetta, Becky Hill, Ella Henderson, Cat Burns and Lewis Capaldi all brought the house down with their performances.

Kim Petras at Brit Awards© Photo: Getty Images

Kim Petras is performing alongside Sam Smith

Who are the Brit Awards winners 2023?

See the full list of winners for this year's Brit Awards below...

Album of the Year

The 1975 - Being Funny In A Foreign Language

Wet Leg - Wet Leg

Harry Styles - Harry’s House - WINNER

Stormzy - This Is What I Mean

Fred Again - Actual Life 3

Best Group

The 1975

Arctic Monkeys

Bad Boy Chiller Crew

Nova Twins

Wet Leg - WINNER

Song of the Year

Aitch and Ashanti - Baby

Cat Burns - Go

Dave - Starlight

Ed Sheeran and Elton John - Merry Christmas

Eliza Rose and Interplanetary Criminal - B.O.T.A. (Baddest Of Them All)

George Ezra - Green Green Grass

Harry Styles - As It Was - WINNER

Lewis Capaldi - Forget Me

LF System - Afraid to Feel

Sam Smith & Kim Petras – Unholy

Matty Healy and The 1975 on stage at Leeds fest© Photo: Getty Images

The 1975 are up for Best Band and Mastercard Album of the Year

Best International Artist

Beyoncé - WINNER

Burna Boy

Kendrick Lamar

Lizzo

Taylor Swift

Best International Group

Blackpink

Drake & 21 Savage

First Aid Kit

Fontaines DC - WINNER

Gabriels

International Song of the Year

Beyoncé - Break My Soul - WINNER

David Guetta & Bebe Rexha - I'm Good (Blue)

Fireboy DML & Ed Sheeran - Peru

Encanto cast - We Don't Talk About Bruno

Gayle - ABCDEFU

Jack Harlow - First Class

Lizzo - About Damn Time

Lost Frequencies & Calum Scott - Where Are You Now?

OneRepublic - I Ain't Worried

Taylor Swift - Anti-Hero

Beyonce at Grammys© Photo: Getty Images

Beyonce is up for International Artist of the Year

Best New Artist

Kojey Radical

Rina Sawayama

Sam Ryder

Mimi Webb

Wet Leg - WINNER

Rising Star

Flo - WINNER

Cat Burns

Nia Archives

FLO on Brits red carpet© Photo: Getty Images

FLO are this year's Rising Star winners

Best Alternative/Rock

The 1975 - WINNER

Arctic Monkeys

Nova Twins

Tom Grennan

Wet Leg

Best Dance

Becky Hill - WINNER

Bonobo

Calvin Harris

Eliza Rose

Fred Again

Harry Styles in black suit at Brit Awards 2023© Photo: Getty Images

Harry opened the show with As It Was

Best Hip-Hop/Rap/Grime

Aitch - WINNER

Central Cee

Dave

Loyle Carner

Stormzy

Pop / R&B

Cat Burns

Charli XCX

Dua Lipa

Harry Styles - WINNER

Sam Smith

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