The Brit Awards were back with a bang on Tuesday night, marking a glittering return of live music to the O2 arena.
A beehive-sporting Dua Lipa and crop top wearing Olly Alexander were among the big names gracing the red carpet, as viewers watched their favourite stars perform on stage for the first time in more than a year.
As a pilot event for the post-Covid era, the 4,000-strong audience were able to enjoy the show without masks or social distancing, with many enjoying a dance and a drink as the rest of us watched from home.
And there was plenty to watch, with flamboyant outfits, hilarious speeches and surprise appearances packing the hotly anticipated spectacle.
Here, we take a look at some of the biggest moments of the night – and how viewers responded to them.
Jack Whitehall on Piers Morgan and other top takedowns
The night’s host used his platform to make a series of obligatory digs at celebs, because what else are compères for?
The comedian returned for his fourth time MCing the event and didn’t hold back on the jibes.
Kicking things off, he said: “I can’t tell you how grateful we are to be here tonight for the first live event back in the O2 Arena.
“Yes, this venue has been emptier than Piers Morgan’s diary.”
He continued: “Covid’s had more comebacks than Craig David but this evening we look forward to a brighter future.
“No more puzzles, no more Zoom quizzes, we have got an audience, we have got dancers, we have got pop stars. We are back.”
Whitehall dished out a constant supply of celebrity digs
Among his victims were One Direction Star Niall Horan and Laurence Fox, while he even managed to slip in references to Professor Chris Whitty and Colin the Caterpillar.
On the 1D heartthrob, he said: “To ensure a reduced capacity we billed this as a Niall Horan gig."
And on the thwarted London mayoral hopeful, he said: “The music industry has had it tough this year, but there have been some good news stories… Laurence Fox’s tragic foray into politics that meant at least he’s finally stopped making music."
And what do Taylor Swift and a insect-themed chocolate cake have in common?
Whitehall had the answer: “I can’t believe I’m saying this,” he announced, “but the undisputed Queen of Pop is in attendance. She’s been ripped off more times than Colin the Caterpillar, but she’s come out swinging.”
The man sure knows how to ruffle some feathers, but plenty of people were loving it:
Jack Whitehall taking the mick out of Piers Morgan is already the best bit #BRITs
Dua Lipa dropped jaws from the moment she arrived, sporting a golden Vivienne Westwood dress and towering beehive hair-doo in an apparent nod to that other British icon: Amy Winehouse.
She went on to win two of the biggest gongs of the night: for best female solo artist and best album.
The 25-year-old used her two speeches to call for a pay rise for NHS workers and her second to demand a posthumous bravery award for 20-year-old Folajimi Olubunmi-Adewole, who recently died after jumping into the River Thames to save a woman.
Suffice it to say, fans were left totally in awe of theFuture Nostalgia singer.
Dua paying homage to Amy Winehouse on the #BRITs red carpet ❤️ Legends only. https://t.co/LMhkPOX70t
While most of the night’s stars were there at the arena in person, one surprise cameo popped up via video call.
Michella Obama attended the ceremony online to present The Weeknd with the International Male Solo Artist award.
The former first lady hailed the Canadian pop star (real name Abel Makkonen Tesfaye), for donating millions to Covid Relief and Black Lives Matter, and to victims of violence in Ethiopia and survivors of the Lebanon explosion.
And while people joined in her praise for theBlinding Lights singer, many were more focussed the appearance of the White House icon herself.
Michelle Obama???? Michelle OBAMA?? Am I having a fever dream? #BRITs
Little Mix made history as the first female group to win the best British group prize.
During their speech, the group – which is now made up of Leigh-Anne Pinnock, Jade Thirlwall and Perrie Edwards – thanked their former bandmate Jesy Nelson.
Nelson quit in December after saying the high-profile role had “taken a toll” on her mental health.
The trio – two of whom have recently announced that they are pregnant – also took the opportunity to call out some injustices.
"It’s not easy being a female in the UK pop industry," Pinnock (one of the two expectant mothers) said.
"We’ve seen white male dominance, misogyny, sexism and lack of diversity. We’re proud of how we’ve stuck together, stood our ground, surrounded ourselves with strong women, and are now using our voices more than ever."
Thirlwall (the non-pregnant one) added: "The fact that a girl band has never won this award really does speak volumes, so this award isn’t just for us, it’s for the Spice Girls, Sugababes, All Saints, Girls Aloud, all of the incredible female bands. This one’s for you."
The poignant moment was celebrated across social media, as admirers – including the Spice Girls themselves – praised the band for their well-deserved success.
"We want to start by thanking our incredible fans, of course Jesy, and our amazing team." @LittleMix pick up the Br… https://t.co/LT8PgttwYm