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    Chris Martin Pays Tribute To George Michael At Brit Awards

     

    The 2017 Brit Awards featured a teary eyed tribute to George Michael, with heartfelt speeches from his former Wham! bandmates and a moving performance by Coldplay’s Chris Martin of Michael’s 1986 song “A Different Corner”. The most powerful moment of the song took place when Martin began to duet with a archival video footage of Michael displayed on the big screens in the 02 Arena.

    It was just after the footage depicted Michael saying, “I never really wanted to be anyone else” that Martin jumped back into a verse with Michael, and the two sang the rest of the song together. The makeshift duet couldn’t have been played off better. The audience was already teary eyed following his former Wham! band mates paid him a eulogy, and then Chris Martin brought the house down.

    Martin previously paid tribute to George Michael with a cover of “Last Christmas” following Michael’s death on, Christmas. That tribute was far more impromptu and stripped down, taking place at a London based charity called Crisis.

    Just a couple of weeks ago Adele paid tribute to Michael at the Grammys when she performed his song “Fastlove”. She garnered a lot of attention after restarting the song, stating “I’m sorry for swearing and I’m sorry for starting again. I can’t mess this up for him”. Watch her full performance below.

    Rag N Bone Man and the 1975 Win 2017 Brit Awards

    In case you missed it, the 2017 Brit Awards took place last night, in what is essentially the British equivalent to the Grammys. Due to the globalization of music nowadays, we see plenty of crossover musicians find success at awards ceremonies worldwide. This year was no different. Tributes to the late great David Bowie and George Michael were the centerpiece of the night. Last year’s Next Big Thing headliner, The 1975, took home an award, something they failed to do at the Grammys as well as newcomer, Rag N Bone Man.

    The 1975 won the British Group award, beating out Radiohead and Bastille. They also performed their hit single “The Sound” to negative messages about themselves. For television audiences worldwide it appeared that the Brits had been hacked, because messages like “unconvincing emo lyrics” and “terrible high pitched vocals” appeared on the screen opposing Matty Healey. It turns out this was planned and is actually quite funny. I definitely have heard some haters use the same phrases, ever since “Chocolate” became popular. Watch their performance below:

     

    Former rapper Rag N Bone Man was the biggest surprise of the night, taking home 2 awards, including the coveted Brits’s Critic Choice Award. The other award was for British Breakthrough Act. His smash hit single “Human” has been becoming more and more popular among US based alternative stations, although he’s been an underground favorite across the pond for several years. The song has already reached #1 on iTunes in 33 countries, reaching platinum in 4 of them. Perhaps just as impressive is that it peaked at #2 on the Worldwide Shazam chart.

    Here’s the full list of winners:

    Here is the full list of winners at the 2017 BRITs Awards:

    MasterCard British Album of the Year – David Bowie – Blackstar

    British Single of the Year – Little Mix – “Shout Out to My Ex”

    British Male Solo Artist – David Bowie

    British Female Solo Artist – Emeli Sande

    British Group – The 1975

    British Breakthrough Act – Rag’N’Bone Man

    Global Success – Adele

    International Group – A Tribe Called Quest

    Critics’ Choice Award – Rag’N’Bone Man

    International Male Solo Artist – Drake

    International Female Solo Artist – Beyoncé

    British Artist Video – One Direction – “History”

     

    The 1975 Release New Song- A Stunning Cover of “By Your Side”

    The 1975 released a new track, a delicate cover of Sade’s “By Your Side”, benefiting the British charity organization, War Child. War Child is an organization that offers aid and protection to children affected by war. They premiered the song on MistaJam’s BBC Radio 1 show. The slow tempo, R&B undertones, warped auto tune over Healey’s vocals, and silky synthesizers make it sound more like a Bon Iver track, further showcasing the British alt band’s ranging talent. Front man Matty Healey explains the decision to cover the track as such:

    “When I was listening to it, I was listening to it with a real sense of modernity and thinking, ‘Wow this is still really, really forward thinking.’ So me and George [Daniel] couldn’t help ourselves … It’s such a beautiful song.”

    The song was released 17 years ago by an artist, Sade, an early creator in the neo soul genre who continues to be inspiration for modern day artists. Some artists include, but are not limited to, Chance the Rapper, Kanye West, Beyonce and obviously now, The 1975. Beyonce was called Sade’s music a “true friend”.

    Listen to the song below:

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