See David Bowie's Son Duncan Pay Tribute To Him At The BRITS
The Brit Awards has recognised it's home-grown talent and global stars such Ed Sheeran and Coldplay, but the ceremony has been overshadowed by the much-missed David Bowie and George Michael.
Bowie, who died in January 2016 at age 69, was crowned British male artist of the year and also won British album of the year for Blackstar which was released just days before his death.
Bowie's son, filmmaker Duncan Jones, accepted the best album award on behalf of his father saying:
“I lost my dad last year, but I also became a dad, and I was spending a lot of time after getting over the shock of trying to work out what would I want my son to know about his granddad.
And I think, it would be the same thing that most of my dad’s fans have taken over the last 50 years: he’s always been there supporting people who think they’re a little bit weird, or a little bit strange, a little bit different. And he’s always been there for them.
This award is for all the kooks and all the people who make the kooks."
The show also paid tribute to one of the music industry's many losses of 2016 - George Michael, who died on Christmas Day aged 53.
His Wham! band mate Andrew Ridgeley said that with Michael's death, "a supernova in a firmament of shining stars has been extinguished".
Coldplay singer Chris Martin performed a moving rendition of Michael's A Different Corner - dueting with a recording of Michael himself and backed by a group of violins.