The Latest: Brits pays tribute to Manchester bomb victims
LONDON (AP) — The Latest on the Brit Awards (all times local):
Liam Gallagher has performed at the Brit Awards in tribute to victims of last year’s Manchester Arena bombing.
Twenty-two people were killed when a bomber blew himself up as concertgoers were leaving an Ariana Grande show in the northwest England city on May 22.
Grande had been due to perform at Wednesday’s awards show in honor of the victims and survivors, but was forced to cancel on medical advice.
Gallagher, who grew up in Manchester, stepped in to perform the Oasis classic “Live Forever.”
Grime artist Stormzy and singer-songwriter Dua Lipa have been named British solo artists of the year at the Brit Awards.
Stormzy won the male artist prize for his distinctly London style of rap, and thanked his mother, his team, south London and God.
Lipa, who topped U.K. charts with her song “No Rules,” took the female prize and dedicated her trophy to all the female musicians who “have allowed us to dream this big.”
She said: “Here’s to more women on these stages, more women winning awards and more women taking over the world.”
Dua Lipa says celebrity gestures can help put an end to sexual harassment and abuse.
The singer wore a white rose on the red carpet at the Brit Awards as a sign of solidarity with campaigns against sexual misconduct.
She said making the symbolic statement to “millions and millions of people, not just in the U.K. but all over the world, it does make a difference, it does make a change because we are standing, we are protesting in our own way and this is how we’re going to make a difference.”
The 22-year-old singer is nominated in five categories at the music awards, including album of the year for her self-titled debut.
Guests were given white rose pins to wear for the ceremony at London’s O2 Arena. Some, including Lupa and Ed Sheeran, also wore the flowers themselves.
Music stars will wear white roses on the Brit Awards red carpet to support campaigns against sexual harassment and assault.
Guests at Britain’s biggest music awards show will be given white rose pins to wear in solidarity with the “Time’s Up” movement.
Calls for change have swept through the entertainment industry since women began coming forward to accuse Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein last year.
There was a similar gesture at Sunday’s British Academy Film Awards, where women wore black to oppose sexual misconduct and bullying.
Rising star Dua Lipa, grime artist Stormzy and ubiquitous singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran are among nominees for Wednesday’s awards at London’s O2 Arena, hosted by comedian Jack Whitehall.
All three are also set to perform, along with Justin Timberlake, Rita Ora and Foo Fighters.