The Brit Awards have been honouring British musical talent for over 30 years. This year, performers for the awards include Adele, Little Mix, James Bay, Coldplay, and even some non-British acts including, Rihanna, Justin Bieber, and The Weeknd, just to name a few highlights. Those are some pretty solid acts.
Now that the Grammys are over, we have the Brit Awards to look forward to. In the meantime, we’re looking back at the most memorable performances. Here’s our list of the top 10 Brit Awards performances from the last 10 years.
Kelly Clarkson – Since U Been Gone (2006)
Though she may not be British, Kelly Clarkson was a performer at the 2006 Brit Awards. She gave an energetic rendition of her 2004 hit, Since U Been Gone. Clarkson was nominated for Best International Female of the year, but lost to Madonna.
Oasis – Don’t Look Back In Anger (2007)
English rockers Oasis gave a soulful, passionate performance of Don’t Look Back In Anger during the 2007 Brit Awards. The band actually performed a few of their tunes that night: Cigarettes & Alcohol, The Meaning of Soul, Morning Glory, and Rock ‘n’ Roll Star. The band also won the award in this year for Outstanding Contribution.
Mark Ronson featuring Adele, Daniel Merriweather, and Amy Winehouse – God Put a Smile Upon Your Face, Stop Me, Valerie (2008)
Here, we see Adele perform as a young adult, barely 20 years old and pre-American fame. She was joined by Australian artist Daniel Merriweather and the late Amy Winehouse. In 2008, Adele won her first award: the Brit Award for Critic’s Choice. Now, she’s earned her fair share of Grammys!
Pet Shop Boys’ musical medley featuring Lady Gaga and The Killers’ Brandon Flowers (2009)
This entire medley of Pet Shop Boys music is a blast from the past back to the 1980s. What makes their performance even more interesting is that throughout their set, Lady Gaga and The Killers’ Brandon Flowers join in singing. Their voices mesh well with the synthesized ’80s sound that the old-school duo carry. Pet Shop Boys also won the award for Outstanding Contribution in 2009 too.
Cheryl Cole – Fight For This Love (2010)
Formerly of girl-group, Girls Aloud, Cheryl Cole (now known as Cheryl Fernandez-Versini) kicked butt performing Fight For This Love. She starts off her futuristic performance with being launched onto the stage from below, and combines killer dance moves with a beautiful singing voice. She unfortunately didn’t take home any awards in 2010, but was nominated for British Single for Fight For This Love, losing to Beat Again by JLS.
Adele – Someone Like You (2011)
Adele performed Someone Like You during the 2011 award show, right around the time she started to blow up in North America. She delivers an emotionally charged performance in this rendition. Plus, it sounds even better than the album version of the song.
Florence and the Machine – No Light No Light (2012)
Florence and the Machine might have not won any Brit Awards in 2012, but that chilling performance shows that they are still real winners. Florence Welch belts No Light No Light and powerfully holds a note toward the end of the song without wavering, showcasing her true talent.
Justin Timberlake – Mirrors (2013)
Justin Timberlake may count as an international artist at the Brit Awards, but we still think his performance of Mirrors was one of the Brit Awards’ best. The set looked inspired by 1940s big band music and costume. Timberlake is decked out in a spiffy tuxedo, while a full band plays with him, including some wind instruments, chimes, and backup singers. This is definitely a classy performance. He wasn’t nominated for any Brit Awards in 2013, but has won three Brit Awards during the course of his career.
Beyonce – XO (2014)
Last year’s Brit Awards brought a lot of American performers including Pharrell, Bruno Mars and none other than Queen Bey. Beyonce really stood out with her performance of XO. The superstar sings with ballad with a smile on her face, in a sparkling gown.
Sam Smith – Lay Me Down (2015)
This heartfelt performance by Sam Smith will probably make you tear up. He sounds exactly how he does in studio recordings singing live. 2015 was a great year for Smith. He took home two Brit Awards: British Breakthrough Act and Brits Global Success Award.
Catch the Brit Awards airing on MUCH on February 24 at 8 p.m!