Last night the annual Brit Awards graced our TV screens once again, and with it the usual promise of stars, glamour and controversy. Luckily for us, the show delivered on all three, with stars such as Taylor Swift and Ellie Goulding looking incredible and performances from Kanye West and Madonna that added some much needed excitement in an otherwise tame show.

The Winners

The first award of the night went to Ed Sheeran for Best British Male Solo Artist and was followed by rock band Royal Blood who scored their first ever Brit for Best British Group. The first international award went to Taylor Swift for Best International Female Solo Artist, which was surprisingly her first ever Brit Award.

Up next was Paloma Faith who achieved her first Brit Award for Best British Female Solo Artist, despite being previously nominated 3 times. Sam Smith picked up his first award of the night for Global Success, a well deserved win as he was the only artist to sell a million albums in both the UK and the US last year. The International Male Solo Artist award went to Pharrell Williams, whilst Mark Ronson picked up the gong for Best British Single for the ubiquitous Uptown Funk.

The Foo Fighters continued their uninterrupted win of Brit Awards after they received the International Group award. The band have been nominated 4 times and have won all 4 of their nominated awards, including Best International Album in 2008, which has subsequently been removed from the award categories. Sam Smith scored his second award of the night for British Breakthrough Artist, an award that was voted for by Radio 1 listeners. Sam Smith has now received a total of 3 Brit Awards, as he won the Critic’s Choice last year.

In the final section of the show, One Direction won the Best British Music Video award for You and I, which should come as no surprise considering the award was open to the vote of the public via social media. The group have now won a total of 5 Brit awards. The final and most prestigious award of the night was Best British Album, which went to Ed Sheeran for his album X. The album was the best selling album in the UK in 2014 and has so far reached 6 times Platinum. His success at this year’s Brits mirrored his success at the 2012 awards, where he won both the British Male and British Breakthrough awards.

The Performances

Opening the show was the stylish Taylor Swift, who performed Blank Space, the second single from her album 1989. She was followed by Sam Smith, who wowed the audience with his performance of his latest single Lay Me Down. His performance has been compared by many to Adele’s famous rendition of Someone Like You back at the 2011 Brit Awards. Ed Sheeran was up next with a version of his current single Bloodstream, which featured both his signature vocals and the furious slapping of his guitar in equal measures.

Kanye West was up next with a performance of his new song All Day. He was the last act to be confirmed a slot at the awards show, and was only announced to be performing yesterday morning. The song has caused a stir on social media for its frequent use of expletives which were muted by ITV, causing the song to be continuously interrupted. Despite the TV show’s best efforts, not all offensive words were successfully muted which has lead to numerous complaints by viewers at home. Following this were Take That, whose performance of Let In the Sun was markedly more sedate than that of the previous act.

In the final portion of the show, George Ezra did a simple performance of his massive hit Budapest and Paloma Faith took to the stage for an emotional version of the most successful song of her career, Only Love Can Hurt Like This. The final and most hyped performance of the show fell to Madonna, who made her Brits comeback by breaking her 20 year Brits absence. The song Living For Love got off to a good start as she dramatically walked down a catwalk wearing a lengthy cape, but unfortunately this was not to last. In a now infamous moment, Madonna’s cape became stuck to her jacket, causing her to fall backwards down some steps when the cape was attempted to be removed. Despite the relative seriousness of the accident and the imaginable pain the singer must have been in, the show went on and after composing herself the star carried on with her performance, even managing to complete her energetic dance routine. Let’s hope this performance doesn’t taint the singer’s view of the Brit Awards and it wont be another 20 years before the singer graces the stage with her presence.

You can catch up on all the performances from last night’s show at www.brits.co.uk.