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Emotional tributes paid to George Michael at Brits

George Michael Credit: PA

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

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

Fighting to hold back the tears Shirlie 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 live 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."

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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

The 1975 won the best British Group award Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA

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."

Emeli Sande wins British Female Solo Artist at Brits

Emeli Sande Credit: Ian West/ PA

Emeli Sande has been named Best British Female Solo Artist at the Brit Awards.

Collecting her award she thanked her team and her fans for "allowing me to make the music I wanted to make and allowing me to express what I felt was important".

It is the fourth Brit award for the songstress.

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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Craig David hails Brit Awards diversity

Brit Awards nominee Craig David has praised the ceremony's history of recognising diversity in the music industry as he walked down the red carpet this evening.

Speaking to ITV News Arts Editor Nina Nannar he said: "It's always represented... but this year it's shown diversity in the way you can see four or five grime artists that are actually in the mix."

David, who is up for the British Male Solo Artist award, was joined in his praise of this year's awards show diversity by British Female Solo Artist nominee Lianne La Havas who said: "I think the genre has now been a bit more acknowledged."

"For me personally, when I hear grime, because I'm from London it sounds like London to me - it does in hindsight feel a bit unusual that it was something that wasn't promoted as much. But I also think now we've got some real stars happening in that genre, it makes a lot of sense now", she added.

Brits: 'Whole thing should be dedicated to George Michael'

Brit Award nominee James Arthur has told ITV News that he thinks the "whole" of tonight's award should be dedicated to former Wham! star George Michael.

Describing Michael's recent death as a sad loss he paid tribute to the late star's "unapologetic" artistry and said "everything about him was inspiring".

Arthur whose single Say You Won't Let Go has been nominated in both the Best British Single and Best British Artist video categories added: "This whole thing should be dedicated to him."

Brits: Rag'n'Bone Man 'never expected it to go this far'

Brits critics choice winner Rag'n'Bone Man has said he sometimes feels like he "doesn't belong" at awards ceremony's like the Brits as it feels "out of my comfort zone".

Speaking to ITV News ahead of the ceremony he added: "I never expected it to go this far, so I'm pretty happy."

Stars start to arrive at Brit Awards

Stars have started to arrive at the O2 ahead of tonight's Brit Awards ceremony.

Ed Sheeran, Ellie Goulding and Craig David were among the first to walk the red carpet at this year's event.

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