Liam Payne and Rita Ora play it safe as they put on a tame performance of their Fifty Shades Freed song... as Jack Whitehall jokes about their 'sexual chemistry'
- The pair performed their sultry track For You, which is taken from the soundtrack of the raunchy film series
- Liam, 24, arrived at the show with his girlfriend Cheryl, 34, amid persistent rumours of an impending split
- Hosted by Jack Whitehall at London's O2 Arena, fans saw performances from the likes of Justin Timberlake, Dua Lipa, Jorja Smith, Rag'nBone Man and Stormzy
- Dua, 22, scooped two awards on the night, for Best British Female Solo Artist and British Breakthrough Act
- Sam Smith, who performed, was left out completely, in one of the biggest award snubs in history
- The winner of the British Artist Video award, which was Harry Styles, was decided by the public, with one of the 10 acts eliminated each week until there were only five left on the night of the awards
As he arrived at the BRIT Awards with his girlfriend Cheryl amid rumours of an impending split, all eyes were on Liam Payne as he took the stage with Rita Ora to perform their sexy Fifty Shades Freed song, For You.
But the singers kept their duet considerably tame, opting to forgo any suggestive gyrating or raunchy moves as they kept a fair distance between themselves during their performance at London's O2 Arena on Wednesday.
However, as their duet came to an end - and Liam responded to Rita's high-five with a hug and a peck on the cheek - host Jack Whitehall joked: 'ITV hasn't seen that much sexual chemistry since the Trump-Morgan interview.'
Duet: Liam Payne and Rita Ora took to the stage to perform at the BRIT Awards, held at London's O2 Arena on Wednesday
Rita put on an eye-catching display, performing alongside Liam in a white bodysuit, which she revealed after peeling off the white tracksuit she wore at the start of her set, which included her tracks Your Song and Anywhere.
Liam - who donned an Emporio Armani suit for the occasion - took the stage with Rita after joker Jack approached the table occupied by the former One Direction heartthrob and Cheryl, who has earlier walked the red carpet together amid rumours of a split.
Addressing the couple, he enquired: 'How is date night going?'
'Going great so far,' responded Liam as he gestured towards his partner. 'We're having a good time.'
For You: They put on the show's penultimate performance, singing their track For You, from the Fifty Shades Freed soundtrack
Belting out: Cutting a dapper figure in a dark fitted Emporio Armani suit, the father-of-one belted out his best vocals during the performance
Eye-catching: Rita stepped out in eye-catching style, displaying her shapely frame as she took to the stage in a white bodysuit
Hair we go! She wore her lustrous golden locks in a series of bold corkscrew curls for the highly-anticipated performance
Support: Liam did his bit to show solidarity with the Me Too movement by wearing a bade of a white rose on his blazer's lapel
Contrasting: The singers' choice of black and white ensembles put them in a contrasting light as they performed onstage
High five! After belting out the concluding notes of their sultry track, a smiling Rita raised her hand to high-five a happy Liam
Hug it out: As their duet came to an end, the pair shared a friendly hug - amid raucous cheers and applause from the audience
Jack then asked that they wave to their 11-month-old son Bear, who had been left with a babysitter ahead of their night out on the town.
But as they waved at the cameras, Jack yelled: 'Hello Niall,' referencing Liam's 1D bandmate Niall Horan - and drawing laughter from the parents.
Jack then mentioned that Liam would be performing his song from the Fifty Shades soundtrack, before saying: Sounds pretty saucy. Is there a safe word?'
Golden girl: The singing beauty accessorised with a variety of gold jewellery, including bracelets, rings and hoop earrings
Highly anticipated: The pair's performance was one of the most anticipated on the night of the star-studded awards show
Good spirits: Liam and Rita appeared to be in particularly good spirits as they entertained the audience with their vocal efforts
Crouching Rita, mumbling Liam: Former One Direction heartthrob Liam's performance came at the end of Rita's solo medley
Cheeky! Curvaceous Rita flashed her pert posterior as she strutted around the stage during their high-energy performance
'She knows that,' responded Liam as he pointed towards Cheryl. She didn't miss a beat as she leaned towards the microphone and said: 'Don't stop!'
Dua Lipa kept the audience captivated when she took to the stage to put on a sultry performance in a patterned swimsuit, which she teamed with a matching jacket.
Belting her way through her hit New Rules, the 22-year-old beauty had much to celebrate on the night, as she performed just minutes after scooping the Best British Female Solo Artist and British Breakthrough Act gongs.
Up close: Earlier in the performance, she was seen getting far more up close and personal with one of her backing dancers
Tracksuit: Rita was considerably more dressed at the start of her performance, when she took to the stage in a white tracksuit
Miles of smiles: While her backing dancers sported serious facial expressions, Rita couldn't help but break into a broad smile
Chart-topper: Performing her own hits before she was joined by Liam, the star belted out her tracks Your Song and Anywhere
High-energy moves: She showed off a range of energetic performance during the medley, ahead of stripping off for her duet
All white on the night: Like Rita, her crew of backing of backing dancers dazzled on the stage in casual all-white ensembles
Justin Timberlake was the first to take to the stage on the glittering star-studded night, putting on an energetic performance with a set that included with his new tracks Midnight Summer Jam and Say Something.
Introduced by host Jack Whitehall as 'one of the biggest artists in the world', the 37-year-old singer burst onto the stage in a black ensemble that included a signature trilby, adding a flourish of colour with a pair of trainers.
After displaying the best of his dance moves as he performed Midnight Summer Jam, he was joined by Chris Stapleton for a more down-tempo guitar duet as they sang Say Something together.
Sultry: Dua Lipa put on a particularly sexy performance as she took the stage at the annual awards ceremony on the night
Swimsuit: The 22-year-old singer wowed in a high-cut swimsuit, which featured bold beach-themed patterned throughout
Jacket: The brunette beauty teamed her eye-catching swimsuit with a matching bolero-style jacket, which she left open
Energetic: The chart-topping singer showed off her enviable curves as she danced around on the stage for her performance
They've got so much sole! Dua and her dancers made their way onto the stage in identical retro-style white Adidas sneakers
They Rule! They raised their fists in the air as Dua kept the crowd mesmerised with a performance of her hit track New Rules
Do it like Dua in a printed bodysuit by Versace
Dua Lipa was the star of the show at last night's BRIT Awards.
Not only did she take home two gongs, but her performance completely knocked our socks and she got it spot on with each of her costume changes too.
For her red carpet arrival, the singer went for a frothy pink tulle creation by Giambattista Valli, before rocking this printed ensemble on the stage. The bodysuit and jacket are both by Versace and we love the underwater-inspired print.
The all-in-one is from the SS18 collection and can be worn as a bodysuit or swimsuit. Talk about getting two for the price of one! Unfortunately said price is £880, but click (right) if you fancy splashing out.
Or get the Versace look for less with the help of our edit below. Jaded London and Motel Rocks have got some statement one-pieces!
Millie Bobbie Brown and Kylie Minogue were the first presenters of the night, stepping out together as they presented the Best British Female Solo Artist gong to Dua Lipa.
As she picked up her first ever BRIT Award, the visibly moved singer said: 'I wanna thank you all so much first of all for starting my night so magically... I'm so humbled. I wanna thank my fans for being there for me...
'I wanna thank every single female that has been on this stage before me that has given girls like me - not just in the music industry, but in society that has had dreams... Here's to more women taking over!'
Fishnet tights: London-born Dua teamed her swimwear with fishnet tights, while she accessorised with a gold chain belt
Get into the groove: The star and her troupe of dancers were seen getting into the spirit of things as she put on their show
Hits: Dua has been a chart-topping success since bursting onto the music scene, with a number of hit tracks under her belt
Foliage: An array of green foliage was used to decorate the stage as the stunning singer performed her high-energy set
Life's a beach: Her dancers were also seen sporting a variety of swimwear as they gyrated alongside the singing star
Finger wagging: The squad playfully wagged their fingers at the audience as Dua performed the chart-topping dance track
Next up to hit the stage for a performance was Critics Choice Award recipient Jorja Smith, who performed alongside last year's winner Rag'n'Bone Man for a stripped down version of his track Thinking About You.
Referencing the pyrotechnics that lit up the stage towards the end of their performance, host Jack couldn't resist taking a jab at Ollie Murs' recent social media warning of a phantom shooting in London.
The comedian said: 'That was a controlled blazer. Apparently, Ollie Murs has been tweeting from a toilet telling everyone to evacuate. Please ignore him.'
Opening the show in style: Justin Timberlake opened up the BRIT Awards, taking to the main stage for a slick performance
Performing the new hits: The 37-year-old singer performed his new tracks Midnight Summer Jam and Say Something
Twosome: He was joined on the stage by Chris Stapleton as they performed Say Something, from his recently released album
Pulling strings: For the second part of his performance, which was more down-tempo, Justin pulled out his trusty guitar
Pitch Perfect: The musicians harmonised in pitch-perfect tones as they opened up the show with a varied performance
Homage: Tennessee native Justin was seen sporting a black T-shirt which was emblazoned with the face of Elvis Presley
Back to black: The father-of-one, who is married to Jessica Biel, teamed his top with a black jacket, matching jeans and a trilby
American talent: Justin and Chris were among a host of American stars who jetted over to the UK for the annual music show
View: Their performance won high praise among a large number of viewers who later took to social media to share their views
Little Mix later took to the stage to present the Best British Male Solo Artist award, which went to elated grime rapper Stormzy, making the win his first ever BRIT trophy.
Damien Lewis and Anna Friel - Best presented the Best International Group trophy to The Foo Fighters, and when the rockers made their way to the stage to accept the award, they treated the audience to a lengthy speech.
'We've always considered this place like a second home,' said Dave Grohl. 'You've been the best audience in the world and taught us how to be a band... This one goes out to all the musicians who go out on stage and plug in play. Long live rock 'n' roll.'
Taking to the stage: Ed Sheeran was also among the performers who took to the stage at the glittering awards ceremony
Casual ensemble: The singer switched out of the smart suit he arrived in to throw on a red cropped jacket with blue jeans
Suited and booted: Sam Smith opted for a brown suit over a plain white T-shirt as he took to the stage for his own performance
No nods: Despite having enjoyed continued success over the past year, Sam failed to obtain any nominations for the show
Upbeat: Despite the awards snub, he appeared to be in particularly jovial spirits as he took to the stage for his performance
Powerhouse vocals: The popular singer was backed up by a pair of singers as he belted out his signature powerhouse vocals
Next up to perform was Ed Sheeran, who belted out his track Supermarket Flowers to a receptive audience, before TV personalities Emma Willis and Dermot O'Leary handed the Best Single Prize to Rag'n'Bone Man for Human.
Footballer Harry Kane and joined singer Camila Cabello as they presented American rapper Kendrick Lamar with his first ever BRIT Award as he scooped the prize for Best International Male Solo Artist.
Next up was a performance from The Foo Fighters, who treated the audience to a rendition of their track The Sky Is A Neighbourhood.
Explosive performance: Kendrick Lamar put on quite the explosive show when it was his turn to take to the stake on the night
Smashed: As her performed, an extra added to the dramatics of the moment by smashing the windows of a flashy sports car
Black to basics: The celebrated rapper took to the stage in black trousers, which he teamed with a patterned black hoodie
Flames and fire: Pyrotechnics kept the stage bright and well-let as California native Kendrick's performance came to a close
Soaring to new heights: He started his performance lying flat on his back, before jumping to his feet as he began to rap
Dancing queens: Adding to the stunning visuals, a group of female backing dancers took to the lower part of the big stage
Performing: Rag'n'Bone Man, left, and BRIT award recipient Jorja Smith also took to the stage for a breathtaking performance
Cool: Dressed in a colourful shirt, which he wore open, and hi-top Nike sneakers, the big-voiced star looked casually cool
Radio presenters Clara Amfo and Alice Levine were on hand to deliver the British Breakthrough Act trophy to Dua Lipa, who was visibly moved as she brought her younger brother and sister on the stage with her.
The awards show took briefly took on an emotional tone, as Gary Barlow took to the stage to pay tribute to the victims of the devastating bombing at Ariana Grande's Manchester concert last year.
As part of the tribute, Mancunian Liam Gallagher performed his track Forever.Actor Luke Evans and model Hailey Baldwin presented Best British Group to the Gorillaz, and frontman Damon Albarn made things political when he made an anti-Brexit statement as part of his acceptance speech.
Come rain or shine: At the end of the show, Stormzy put on an unforgettably dramatic performance as rain fell on the stage
Obscured faces: Rows of extras were seen on the stage with their faces obscured by black hoodies and matching balaclavas
Capturing the moment: Fans at the front of the stage were seen raising their smartphones to capture images of the moment
Bare: Going shirtless for the entirety of his performance, the grime star jumped around on stage as he passionately rapped
Impassioned plea: During his performance, Stormzy made an impassioned plea for money to be donated to Grenfell victims
Keeping is simple: The star kept his stage ensemble simple, wearing a pair of black tracksuit bottoms and Calvin Klein boxers
'I've got one thing to say about it's about this country,' he began. This country is a small little thing, but it's a lovely place and it's part of a beautiful world. But don't let it become isolated. Don't let yourself become cut off. Considering our size, we're doing incredible things in music... don't let politics get in the way of all that s**t.'
Sam Smith later moved the audience as he performed his emotional hit song Too Good At Goodbyes, before Sir Elton John was beamed into the arena via video from Las Vegas to introduce the Global Success award.
Apologising that he wasn't there in person to present the award, Elton said of the recipient: 'From the very first time I heard Ed Sheeran, I knew he would be a massive star around the world... He's an astounding songwriter.'
Winner: Dua Lipa won big on the night, scooping two awards as she landed BRIT honours for the first time in her career
Family: When she went up for her British Breakthrough Act award, the singer-songwriter was joined by her brother and sister
Trophy: Millie Bobby Brown, left, and Kylie Minogue, right, were on hand to give Dua the British Female Solo Artist trophy
Empowering momentL During her emotional speech, singer Dua thanked the many women who had come before her
Looking stunning: Dua looked sensational in a deeply plunging sky blue tasselled dress, which was sleeveless and bejewelled
Rolling Stones legend Ronnie Wood then made his way onto the stage to present the award to Ed in person, gushing: 'He is one of the top talents we have... He keeps his feet on the ground, and just by being himself he has won over our hearts.'
Kendrick Lamar then took to the stage to perform his track Feel, with an expensive sports car taking prominent pride of place on the stage during his single-track set.
The Voice coaches Jennifer Hudson, Olly Murs and Tom Jones presented the Best Artist Video of the Year award to Harry Styles for Sign Of The Times - but the singer wasn't present to pick up his trophy.
Jokes: TV presenters Dermot O'Leary and Emma Willis shared a joke with each other as they hit the stage to present an award
A Celebratory moment: They celebrated as they presented Rag'n'Bone Man with an award for Best British Single for Human
Warm hug: The singer shared a hug with X Factor host Dermot as he prepared to make a speech in acceptance on his award
Presenting in style: The stars of popular group Little Mix stepped out in style as they graced the stage to present an award
Here come the girls: (L-R) Jesy Nelson, Perrie Edwards, Leigh Anne Pinnock and Jade Thirlwall received cheers from fans
And the award goes to...: They presented chart-topping grime rapper Stormzy with the award for Best British Male Solo Artist
Dapper gent: The star cut a dapper figure in a light grey suit, which he teamed with a matching bow tie and crisp white shirt
The show ended with legendary music producer Nile Rodgers presenting Album of the Year to Stormzy, for Gang Signs and Prayers, before the grime star put on an energetic performance to close out the show.
Dua Lipa, 22, led the nominations with five nods, with Ed Sheeran, 27, hot on her heels with four. Sam Smith was left out completely, in one of the biggest award snubs in history.
The winner of the British Artist Video award was decided by the public, with one of the 10 acts eliminated each week until there were only five left on the night of the awards.
Mic: Damon Albarn took control of the mic as he took to the stage with his Gorillaz bandmates for the British Group gong
Speech: Former Blur star Damon took the opportunity to make a rambling anti-Brexit speech as he stood with his musical pals
Global Success: Ed Sheeran received the Global Success Award, which was presented to him by rocker Ronnie Wood
Special message: The pair embraced as Ed he receive his award - and he got a special video message from Sir Elton John
Making waves: The star humbly waved at the crowd as he made his way up to the stage to collected his highly coveted gong
Band: Ed sparked speculation he's secretly married his long-time love Cherry Seaborn, after he was spotted wearing a band
Winning: As well as putting on a show-stopping performance, Kendrick was also given the International Male Solo Artist going
Dua Lipa was up for British Female, British Breakthrough, British Single, British Artist Video of the Year and the prestigious Mastercard British Album of the Year for her self-titled Top Ten debut, which produced the No. 1 single New Rules and three more Top 40 singles.
Ed Sheeran was up for British Male Solo Artist, British Single, Mastercard British Album of the Year and British Artist Video of the Year.
The international categories saw huge megastars including Drake, Beck, P!nk, Taylor Swift, Killers, Kendrick Lamar and main show performers Foo Fighters up for awards, as well as Bjork's ninth BRIT nomination for Best International Female.
Nominated for Best British single were Rag'N'Bone Man - Human, J Hus - Did You See, Clean Bandit - Symphony, Liam Payne ft Quavo - Strip That Down, Calvin Harris ft Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry, Big Sean - Feels, Dua Lipa - New Rules, Ed Sheeran - Shape Of You, Jax Jones - You Don't Know Me, Jonas Blue - Mama and Little Mix - Touch.
Unlikely duo: Footballer Harry Kane and singer Camila Cabello were an unlikely duo as they took the stage to present together
Stars: Luke Evans and Hailey Baldwin added some extra star power to the night's proceedings as they also took to the stage
LFW: Model Hailey has been in town for the recently-wrapped London Fashion Week, after walking in New York Fashion Week
On a different kind of stage: Actors Damian Lewis and Anna Friel were among the early presenters at the awards ceremony
Delightful: Anna looked delightful in a patterned floaty gown, while Damian looked fashionable in stylish green blazer
The public voted for the Best British Single category, as ever - which is usually made up of the best-selling releases from the past year.
Some BRIT Awards category winners had already been announced ahead of the broadcast, as Jorja Smith won Critics' Choice, while Steve Mac was named the Producer of the Year.
Jason Iley, BRITs Chairman and Chairman & CEO of Sony Music UK and Ireland said ahead of the show: 'This year's nominations, as well as the incredible performances on our launch show tonight, are representative of an exciting, genre spanning and vibrant year in British music with a strong mix of established acts alongside new and emerging artists who are set to become the big names of the future.'
Tribute: Gary Barlow made his way to the stage to present a special tribute to the victims of last year's Manchester bombing
Special performance: Wearing a coat, Manchester native Liam Gallagher then took took to the stage to perform a solo tribute
The host: Jack Whitehall was the presenter on the night, and hilariously cracked jokes at a number of the celebrities' expense
BRIT Awards 2018: The Full List Of Winners
BRITISH ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Dua Lipa - Dua Lipa
Ed Sheeran - Divide
J Hus - Common Sense
Rag 'n' Bone Man - Humour
Stormzy - Gang Signs & Prayer - WINNER
BRITISH MALE SOLO ARTIST
Stormzy - WINNER
BRITISH FEMALE SOLO ARTIST
Dua Lipa - WINNER
Gorillaz - WINNER
Dua Lipa - WINNER
BRITISH ARTIST VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Anne-Marie - Ciao Adios
Calvin Harris Ft Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry and Big Sean - Feels
Clean Bandit Ft Zara Larsson - Symphony
Dua Lipa - New Rules
Ed Sheeran - Shape Of You
Harry Styles - Sign Of The Times - WINNER
Jonas Blue Ft William Singe - Mama
Liam Payne Ft Quavo - Strip That Down
Little Mix - Touch
ZAYN and Taylor Swift - I Don't Wanna Live Forever
CRITICS' CHOICE AWARD
Jorja Smith - WINNER
BRITISH SINGLE OF THE YEAR
Liam Payne - 'Strip That Down' featuring Quavo
Jax Jones feat. Raye - 'You Don't Know Me'
Clean Bandit - 'Symphony' featuring Zara Larsson
Rag'n'Bone Man - 'Human' - WINNER
J HUS - 'Did You See'
Calvin Harris - 'Feels' featuring Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry and Big Sean
Dua Lipa - 'New Rules'
Ed Sheeran - 'Shape of You'
Jonas Blue - 'Mama' featuring William Singe
Little Mix - 'Touch'
INTERNATIONAL FEMALE SOLO ARTIST
Lorde - WINNER
INTERNATIONAL MALE SOLO ARTIST
Kendrick Lemar - WINNER
Foo Fighters - WINNER
BRITISH PRODUCER OF THE YEAR
Steve Mac (Ed Sheeran ÷) - WINNER
GLOBAL SUCCESS AWARD
Ed Sheeran - WINNER
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