The Brit Awards 2021 is currently underway with Jack Whitehall on hosting duties. The audience members include key workers who were awarded tickets for their hard work during the coronavirus pandemic. At the beginning of the night, it was mentioned that guests will be socially distanced, in line with Government rules.
Taking to Twitter during the show, Kirstie Allsopp, 49, said she thought the ceremony had been a “complete downer”.
In view of her 427,000 followers, she wrote: “Full credit to @Expedia for having an ad which doesn’t bang on about Covid.
“Unlike the @BRITs which seems to be intent on being a complete downer.
“I hope the Key Workers who are there (hopefully supermarket staff included) can still enjoy it.”
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In a further rant, she wrote: “When are broadcasters going to realise that Entertaiment is designed to entertain, not remind us there is a pandemic?(sic)
“I find myself more and more heading to pre-Covid content.”
It’s unclear which segment Kirstie was referring to, however she continued her rant in response to a tweet about Coldplay’s performance.
The band opened the show by performing their new single Higher Power from a barge on the River Thames in front of the O2 Arena.
Elsewhere tonight, Brit winner Dua Lipa urged Prime Minister Boris Johnson to give frontline workers a fair pay rise.
Accepting her award for Best British Solo Artist, she dedicated her gong to Dame Elizabeth Anionwu, the professor of nursing at the University of West London.
She went on to say: “She [Dame Elizabeth] has spent her stellar nursing career fighting racial injustice.
“She has also spent so much time and is a strong, strong advocate for protecting frontline workers.
“She has also said that there’s a massive disparity between gratitude and respect for frontline workers because it’s very good to clap for them but we need to pay them.
“And so I think what we should do is we should all give a massive, massive round of applause and give Boris a message that we all support a fair pay rise for our frontline.”
Dua’s speech prompted the audience to cheer in support.
Also this evening, Little Mix made history as the first female girl band to win the Best British Group award.