Red carpet in pictures: Long black dresses, neon lights and a giraffe at the Brit Awards

  • Written by Helen Bushby
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The Brit Awards are known for their outlandish outfits and splashes of colour, and while many stars chose to showcase bright outfits, a large number opted for the more sombre black.

Oh, and there was also a giraffe.

Singer-songwriter Rae spoke about her record-breaking nominations, saying: “It actually brought tears to my eyes, and I have waterproof eyeliner.”

She said all she wanted was to become an “album artist.”

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Dua Lipa, a six-time Britannica winner and three-time nominee, wore a black leather dress by Donatella Versace.

She said that she likes to “add a little danger to my shows”, and that “it's all just about having fun and creating a scene.”

She opened the show with her new song, Training Season.

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Becky Hill, who was nominated for Best Dancer, chose a black outfit that covered her upper half while covering her legs with flowing material. She said she hoped Rae would get “the record-breaking, history-making evening she deserves.”

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The Last Dinner Party's Abigail Morris, winner of the Brits Rising Star Award and BBC's Sound of 2024 competition, let her dress do the talking.

She told the BBC it was a line from one of their songs, explaining: “I thought it was appropriate for tonight.”

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Years and Years singer Olly Alexander, who competed in the UK's Eurovision contest this year with his song Dizzy, looked dashing in a long silk jacket.

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Brits wouldn't be without at least one unusual costume, and comedian Rob Beckett had to climb inside an inflatable giraffe. Let's hope he sits in the back so he doesn't block anyone's view.

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Charli XCX was as colorful as the Brits logo plaque behind her, in a dress made of a mixture of colors and materials with a resin bodice.

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As for musician Jacob Collier, who is known for wearing colorful clothes, he chose oversized neon silk with baggy purple pants.

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Tré Cool and Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day also chose black as the main color of their clothing.

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Ella Henderson stood out from the crowd in a huge black hat, and was nominated for a React Award, along with Switch Disco.

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Maya Jama, one of the presenters of the program, appeared in a wide black dress with a corset.

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Another flight attendant, Clara Amfo, wore emerald green with fishnet stockings and platform shoes.

Singer Jess Glenn looked regal in pink and crimson, with strong eye makeup to match.

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Singer Rebecca Ferguson, who performed in Liverpool at one of the Eurovision finals last year, said she was excited to see multi-nominated artist Ray perform at the Brits.

She also spoke about raising awareness of the creation of a new independent body aiming to help prevent and tackle bullying and harassment in the music industry – the Independent Standards Authority for the Creative Industries,

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Traitors runner-up Molly Pearce wore a form-fitting gown on the red carpet, telling the BBC she was over losing the show's £95,000 prize to Harry Clarke. “I'm done with it – I'm in the Brits!” She said.

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Brit Awards veteran Spice Girl Mel C wore an all-black outfit, with her bright red nails adding a pop of colour.

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TV and radio presenter and former Strictly Come Dancing contestant Fleur East wore a figure-hugging outfit that showed off her baby bump.

RnB singer Young Athena spread her wings in preparation for the concert.

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