Adele has dominated the 2016 Brit Awards, sweeping up four of the biggest prizes, including Best Female Artist and Best Album.
The singer, who later closed the ceremony with a live rendition of ‘When We Were Young’, also won Best British Single (for ‘Hello’) and the Global Success award. With her latest wins, Adele has equalled the record set by Blur in 1995, for the most awards picked up in a single ceremony.
Meanwhile, Coldplay opened the show with a colourful performance of ‘Hymn For The Weekend’ before later picking up the award for Best British Group. This latest award (their ninth) makes them the most successful band in the ceremony’s history.
Other winners included James Bay (Best Male), Tame Impala (Best International Group), Justin Bieber (Best International Male), Catfish and the Bottlemen (Best British Breakthrough) and One Direction, who returned from their current hiatus to pick up the fan-picked award for Best Video.
The ceremony – which was hosted by Ant and Dec – also saw a poignant tribute to David Bowie, who was posthumously awarded a Brits Icon Award. Annie Lennox and Gary Oldman lead an emotional tribute to the late singer, before his live band entered into an instrumental medley of his greatest hits. Lorde completed the tribute with a powerfully understated rendition of ‘Life on Mars.’