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Former bandmate pays tribute to George Michael at Brits

George Michael Credit: PA

Former Wham! bandmate Andrew Ridgeley, accompanied by Pepsi and Shirley, have paid tribute to George Michael at the Brits.

Ridgeley described his friend as "a supernova in a fermant of shining stars" in an emotional speech honouring the star.

Fighting to hold back the tears Shirley added: "George was like a brother to me. And will always be ..."

She said: "His wonderful way with words spoke to everyone. And his beautiful voice will love on forever as a gift to us all."

Coldplay's Chris Martin also played a musical tribute to Michael with a beautiful rendition of the late star's 'A Different Corner'.

Rag'n'Bone Man wins Best British Breakthrough Act

Rag'n'Bone Man Credit: Brit Awards

Rag'n'Bone Man has been named Best British Breakthrough Act at the Brit Awards.

Thanking his fans he said: "I'm nearly speechless, for real."

He added: "This means a lot to me, I'm like ten years deep in this so, yeh, I don't know what else to say. I thought I was going to be able to reel off something but I can't, I'm speechless."


David Bowie wins British Male Solo Artist at Brits

David Bowie Credit: PA

David Bowie, who died on January 10 last year, has been named best British Male Solo Artist at the Brits.

Collecting the award on his behalf actor Michael C Hall said he was honoured to "accept this testament to a man beholden to nothing but his own boundless imagination and daring whose ever expanding artistic vitality simultaneously soothes us and sears us and astonishes us."

The 1975 win British Group award at Brits

1975 Credit: Brit Awards

The 1975 have been named best British Group at the 2017 Brit Awards.

Describing the win as "mental" the group used their time on the stage to send a message.

They said: "A lot of the time people in pop music and in the broader public consciousness are told to stay in their lane, you stay in your lane when it comes to talking about social issues. But if you have a platform don't do that please don't do that."


Labour braced for battle to retain Copeland seat

  • Video report by ITV News Political Correspondent Paul Brand

Labour faces a tough battle to retain its seat in Copeland, with the Conservatives tipped to win what would be an historic victory in Thursday's by-election.

The Cumbrian constituency has remained a Labour stronghold for almost 80 years.

But the resignation of MP Jamie Reed, who has taken up a role at the Sellafield nuclear plant, means Jeremy Corbyn now faces one of his greatest tests as Labour leader.

Some 62% in the town voted to leave the European Union.

  • The full list of candidates in Thursday's Copeland by-election

Walsh attends Brits as debut album sales hit 130,000

Quiz show host Bradley Walsh has walked the red carpet at the Brit Awards after his album of classics - the only debut album to go gold in 2016 - sold over 130,000 copies and earned him an invite to the prestigious music event.

Walsh, who hosts The Chase, told ITV News "I suppose if you sell a lot of albums you get an invite and here I am."

His classic album was the only debut album to go gold in 2016.

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