Maneskin win the Eurovision Song Contest
Maneskin have won the Eurovision Song Contest after a dramatic night in Rotterdam.The group - who were among this year's pre-show favourites - claimed the coveted accolade in front of a socially-distanced crowd at the Rotterdam Ahoy arena on Saturday night (22.05.21) and after they were named the winners, the band hailed their triumph as a sign that "rock and roll never dies".
Maneskin are hoping to collaborate with Miley Cyrus. © Bang Showbiz Maneskin
The 'Eurovision Song Contest' winners - who triumphed as they represented Italy in the annual music competition last month - received kind words from some of their inspirations, and they would love to work with the 'Wrecking Ball' hitmaker in the future.
Bassist Victoria De Angelis told the Metro newspaper's Guilty Pleasure column: "Some of the artists we look up to the most texted us saying, 'Good job guys, we love you.'
"We've had messages from Franz Ferdinand and Miley. Yes, Miley Cyrus!
"We'll have to try and convince her [to work with us]. We can send her hundreds of texts on Instagram."
Eurovision Song Contest winner passes drug test following viral social media clip
Måneskin's singer Damiano David took a voluntary drug test.Måneskin singer Damiano David has passed a drug test following the band's win at the Eurovision Song Contest.
Gallery: BRIT Awards 2021: Women making history! The 10 best moments from the BRITS (BANG Showbiz)
The 2021 BRIT Awards took place at London's O2 Arena on Tuesday night (11.05.21), and marked the first major indoor music event in over a year as bosses released 2,500 free tickets to key workers in the UK who have been on the front line in the battle with COVID-19. Little Mix, Dua Lipa and Taylor Swift were among the artists recognised for their incredible musical talent at what was a female-dominated show. Here’s a look at the top 10 moments from what was an unforgettable night!
Dua Lipa opens the show
Dua Lipa hit the stage in style when she opened the BRITs. The singer ran through a medley of some of her biggest hits at the ceremony, while wearing an eye-catching outfit that included a Union Jack-print skirt with a cheeky thong underneath. Dua's outfit choice was a nod to Geri Horner's headline-making patriotic minidress, which she wore as she performed at the BRITs back in 1997.
Little Mix debut their baby bumps on the red carpet
Perrie Edwards and Leigh-Anne Pinnock made their official baby bump debuts on the red carpet. The pregnant singers looked incredible in the white ensembles. Joined by bandmate Jade Thirlwall, the trio posed up a storm, with the expectant pair cradling their bumps, before making their way into The O2.
Sir Elton John and Olly Alexander raise awareness for HIV
Sir Elton John and Olly Alexander used their BRIT Awards performance to send a powerful message about those individuals living with HIV and AIDs. Elton’s husband David Furnish gave a moving speech in which he compared the crisis to the current COVID-19 pandemic. He said: “When a new virus broke out in 2020, the whole world reacted immediately. Governments took action, cities closed down, scientists created vaccines, and we all talked about it night and day. But when the same thing happened in 1981, there was silence. That was the year HIV arrived, but people with HIV and AIDs were treated with ignorance, fear, shame, and stigma.”
Little Mix make history
Little Mix made history by becoming the first all-female group to win Best British Group at the BRIT Awards. Leigh-Anne Pinnock, Jade Thirlwall and Perrie Edwards went on stage together to collect their statuette and in their acceptance speech, Leigh-Anne made sure to praise their former bandmate Jesy Nelson, who left the group last year due to mental health issues. She said: “We have been together for 10 years. It’s been the best years of our lives, we wanna start by thanking our incredible fans, of course Jesy, and our amazing team.”
Headie One breaks down stereotypes around drill music
Headie One used his performance to speak out against the negative stereotypes associated with drill music. The rapper took to the stage alongside AJ Tracey to perform their hit track, ‘It Aint Different’, and used his platform to reclaim the drill genre as a voice of unheard and disenfranchised youth. The performance featured sound bites of media quotes such as "some say it's a symptom of societal failings" and "a form of aggressive rap music", as Headie tore down the racist prejudices against the genre.
Taylor Swift makes history by winning Global Icon award
Taylor Swift made history as the first ever female artist to win the Global Icon Award and she made an incredible speech to say thank you! After being given her trophy, Swift said: “I’m really, really proud to be part of this musical community, especially in a year when we all needed music so much. But what we needed even more was the help and support that we got from the NHS and the key workers who are here tonight. Thank you for everything that you have done for us.”
Pink and Rag'n'Bone Man pay tribute to the NHS
Closing proceedings at the O2 Arena was a touching performance from Pink and Rag’n’Bone Man who were joined by the NHS Choir for a special performance of their track 'Anywhere Away From Here'. All proceeds from the track are going to NHS charities. Host Jack Whitehall summed it up well when he said: “It’s been a year of fear and isolation, but music has an incredible power to connect us. We will never again take for granted the chance to gather like this.”
Swearing Lewis Capaldi gets muted
Lewis Capaldi had a classic Capaldi moment as the presenter for Best British Album award. For those watching on ITV, the ‘Someone You Loved’ singer was muted a number of times due to his constant swearing. So much so that it became a trending topic on Twitter straight away. True to form, the memes were quality. Viewers were left stunned as the singer appeared on stage and greeted fans with: "Hello mother*******!" He was then hastily muted, before it was lifted and another swearword slipped through the net as he quipped: "I'm f****** s***." Oops!
It seems Miley could be keen, as just this week she shared frontman Damiano David and guitarist Thomas Raggi's cover of her hit 'Midnight Sky'.
Strictly's Bill Bailey was turned down for Eurovision Song Contest by the BBC
"It was a kind of spoof eco anthem in the style of Dad's Army."The comedian's admission comes after he put himself forward to be the UK's Eurovision entry next year, following last weekend's less-than-impressive nil points result.
She added: "My best friends".
Meanwhile, Daviano admitted the group's lives have massively changed since their crowning glory in Rotterdam - where they won with their hit 'Zitti e buoni' ('Shut Up and Behave') - but they won't be letting worldwide fame go to their heads.
He said: "The whole world around us has changed obviously, with the attention, and now we have the chance to work with he best professionals in the world.
"But backstage, we are not so serious, where we have to make [demands]. I ask for a water bottle - with a straw!"
Although the band aren't opposed to having a drink together, Damiano joked that their music is the "most rock and roll" part of their lives.
He added: "When we chill together, we go for a drink - maybe two, maybe three. Yeah, we're quite rock and roll, but our music is the most rock and roll about us."
Tony Hadley: It's a shame I'm not celebrating 40 years with Spandau .
Tony Hadley has admitted it would have be nice to mark his four decades in the music industry with his former Spandau Ballet bandmates - but he doesn't hold any "angst" over his exit from the 'True' group.Despite pleas from ex-bandmate Gary Kemp to re-join the iconic New Romantic group - which was completed by Martin Kemp, Steve Norman, and John Keeble - the 61-year-old musician, who quit as lead singer in July 2017, wants nothing more to do with the band.