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Brit Awards 2021 in pictures

Taylor Swift made history as the first female artist to win the Global Icon award
Taylor Swift made history as the first female artist to win the Global Icon award

Little Mix, Dua Lipa, Taylor Swift, Haim and Billie Eilish were among the winners at a female-dominated Brit Awards.

The event, which featured an audience of 4,000 people, marked the return of live music to London's O2 Arena after more than a year.

Coldplay delivered a performance of their new single Higher Power from a pontoon on the River Thames, surrounded by hologram dancers and against a backdrop of purple and orange fireworks.

Billie Eilish saw off competition from artists including Cardi B and Taylor Swift to win the international female solo artist gong, while Arlo Parks said it was her "dream to true" to be named breakthrough artist.

Little Mix made history as the first female group to win the best British group prize.

The group – Leigh-Anne Pinnock, Jade Thirlwall and Perrie Edwards – thanked former bandmate Jesy Nelson and girl groups including Spice Girls who paved the way.

Dua Lipa took home the female solo artist Brit for a second time and called on Boris Johnson improve pay for NHS workers.

Taylor Swift also made history as the first female to receive the Global Icon award.

Afrobeats star J Hus also won the male solo artist Brit Award.

Audience members attending the indoor ceremony were not socially distanced or required to wear face coverings once seated.

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