Local stars nominated for top awards went head to head at the biggest celebration of UK music, The Brits,which took place on Tuesday night at the 02 Arena in Greenwich.
Acts like Professor Green, James Blake and Maverick Sabre, all born or raised in east and south London, battled it out for the highest accolades in the UK music industry. All returned empty handed.
Adele, a graduate of the Brit school in Croydon, continued her winning streak by adding two Brits to her six Grammys from last week. ‘The Someone Like You’ singer picked up the awards for Best Female Solo Artist and MasterCard British Album of the Year.
However, the singer’s final acceptance speech was interrupted abruptly by host James Corden, in order to welcome Blur to the stage. The singer responded by giving the Gavin & Stacey star the finger, much to the amusement of the crowd.
Goldsmiths Graduates Blur received the ‘Outstanding Contribution to Music’ award. Their 15 minute closing set is rumoured to be their first performance as an officially reformed band following their mini comeback at last year’s festivals.
Hackney’s Maverick Sabre came a respectable second place for the Critic’s Choice Award after Emeli Sandé.
The local underground music scene was also represented in the nominations, but was not victorious. Croydon’s Chase & Status and New Cross’s very own James Blake are both nominated for prizes. Dub step hero Skrillex also gave a big shout to “All the Croydon dub guys” after his Grammy wins last week.