Dua Lipa bagged two BRIT Awards at the annual ceremony on Tuesday (11.05.21), making her the biggest winner on the night.
The 25-year-old singer was named the winner of both British Female Artist and Album of the Year for her 2020 hit, ‘Future Nostalgia’, which saw her top the list of winners at the socially-distanced ceremony.
This year’s ceremony saw the winners get two gongs for each award, as bosses were keen for them to give their spare accolades to people who have made a difference to the world over the past year.
And after dedicating her first award to nurse Dame Elizabeth Anionwu, Dua chose to present her second win to the family of Folajimi Olubunmi-Adewole, who died last month when he jumped into the River Thames to try and save a woman who fell from London Bridge.
In her acceptance speech, she said: “I want to honour this award also to Folajimi Olubunmi-Adewole, or Jimi as he’s known by his friends and family, and Joaquin Garcia. Jimi and Joaquin heroically attempted to rescue a woman who’d fallen from London Bridge, and tragically Jimi did not survive.
“Jimi and Joaquin knowingly put themselves in danger, and they did it without hesitation even though they were a stranger to each other and to the woman they were rescuing. It would be really fitting if their actions were recognised with a bravery award, and I hope this can happen to give Jimi’s family some comfort.
“This award is for Jimi and Joaquin. Jimi, you have touched the hearts of a whole nation and we will never forget you.”
Elsewhere, Arlo Parks took home the trophy for British Breakthrough Artist, while Little Mix made history as the first female group to win the British Group award.
Harry Styles was awarded Best British Single for his track, ‘Watermelon Sugar’, and J Hus took home the British Male Solo Artist gong.
In the international categories, Billie Eilish won Female Solo Artist, The Weeknd won Male Solo Artist, and HAIM were named International Group.
The full list of winners at the 2021 BRIT Awards:
British Breakthrough Artist
Best British Group
British Male Solo Artist
International Female Solo Artist
British Female Solo Artist
International Male Solo Artist
Rising Star Award
Best British Single
Harry Styles – ‘Watermelon Sugar’
British Album of the Year
Dua Lipa – ‘Future Nostalgia’
Dua Lipa and Elton John’s first ever duet a few weeks back at the virtual party after the Oscars thrown by John and his foundation, ICYMI