First to take the stage was Taylor Swift, with her 1989 inspired pant suit and a shit ton of silver confetti. Tay looked incredible as usual, rocking the minimal black and white set like the seasoned pro she has become and the vocals were, um, passable - not Swift's best, not her worst either though. It was a bit of a strange move to perform last year's "Blank Space" rather than current single, and best track from '1989', "Style" but overall she provided a strong opening to a somewhat lacklustre evening.
Sam Smith also made an appearance, unsurprisingly, and brought the dull melodrama of this year's Grammys with him, performing his debut "Lay Me Down." Sam sounded on point as usual (although a little pitchy for my liking) and you can never negate what an emotive performer he is.
Rocking a set which closely resembled a giant sun bed, Ed Sheeran also sounded incredible. "Bloodstream" is a fantastic cut from 'X' as well as the next single from his number one 2014 record, and Ed did it justice. Backed by only a loop pedal and his guitar, his command of the stage was impressive and no male working in the industry right now can rival Sheeran's vocals.
Kanye West's heavily censored (although in all the wrong places) performance would undoubtedly have been the headline grabbing moment from the evening, had certain events not unfurled - the rapper took the stage to perform another cut from his still-untitled, apparently 'surprise' album, featuring vocals from Allan Kingdom. The "All Day", which leaked last month, is a change of pace for the "Gold Digger" star, serving some fresh "Lookin' Ass" teas, and harking back to the clattering gangsta beats of 'Yeezus.'
British singer-songwriter Paloma Faith was undoubtedly the evening's best surprise, performing her modest 2014 hit "Only Love Can Hurt Like This," the certifiably insane songstress legitimately looked like Natalie Portman in Black Swan but sounded absolutely incredible. One of the moments of the evening that bothered to think outside the box, the set featured interpretive dance, black paint and a whole bunch of rain. Essentially I had no idea what was going on, but I was almost certain I absolutely loved it.
Then, of course, there was... Madonna. What can we say? We watched her stumble, but she damn well carried on, like the seasoned pro she is. You'll get no shade from me, she's the Queen for a reason, girl can recover.
Other less impressive showings included George Ezra, who performed in front of a giant sign displaying his name incase like most people outside of the UK you have no clue who he is; Royal Blood who, okay and Take That.
In terms of the actual awards, Ed Sheeran was the big winner of the evening, scooping British Male and British Album of the Year. Taylor Swift also picked up her first BRIT, International Female, and then proceeded to ramble on for what felt like several years about how grateful she was to her English fans (Tay, Britain's bigger than England...)
Check out a full list of winners below:
British Male - Ed Sheeran
British Female - Paloma Faith
British Group - Royal Blood
British Single - "Uptown Funk" - Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars
British Breakthrough - Sam Smith
British Artist Video - One Direction
MasterCard British Album of the Year - Ed Sheeran 'X'
International Male - Pharrell Williams
International Female - Taylor Swift
International Group - Foo Fighters
What was your highlight of the evening? Say Madonna's fall and I'll push you down the stairs.