Big wins and Bowie tributes at the BRITs

The 2016 BRIT awards took place last night (24 February) at The O2 Arena and the evening saw big wins for Adele and a moving tribute to the late David Bowie. The night also marked the 40th anniversary of punk music.

Adele collected four awards in total: Female Solo Artist, British Single, BRITs Global Success and MasterCard British Album of the Year. She also became the first BRIT recipient to be presented an award from space, with ISS astronaut Tim Peake making a special appearance.

It was an emotional night for the star, who broke down in tears during her acceptance speech, telling the audience:

“I got really lost for a while and I didn’t know I would come back.”

The other winners of the night included Coldplay, who won best British Group; James Bay, who picked up the award for British Male Solo Artist; and Justin Bieber, who won International Male Solo Artist.

The night also saw an emotional tribute to David Bowie, with superstars Annie Lennox and Gary Oldman making an appearance and Bowie’s former touring band reuniting for the event.

The catering was provided by Payne + Gunther, who provided food to more than 4,000 guests in less than 75 minutes. The catering team included 60 chefs and 600 front-of-house employees. VIP guests at the award show enjoyed an impressive 10,000 bottles of beer, 4,000 bottles of wine and 1,60 bottles of Champagne.

Bethan James, head of operations at Payne + Gunter, said: “The BRIT Awards are the pinnacle of the UK’s music scene and it’s a great opportunity for us to use our creativity to reflect the punk theme, whilst delivering an exceptional dining experience for guests. We pride ourselves on using British, seasonal ingredients which have a slight twist, making for a fun and quirky menu befitting for the occasion.”

Australian singer Lorde concluded the tribute with a rendition of the David Bowie song Life on Mars.

See the full list of winners on the BRIT Awards website