Arlo Parks was Crowned Breakthrough Artist at this Year’s BRIT Awards, Before Taking to a Sunflower-Donned Stage for a Special Performance of ‘Hope’
It’s been less than 5 months since Arlo Parks graced us with her beautifully crafted debut album, ‘Collapsed in Sunbeams’ – an incredible achievement in its own right, but somehow she’s even topped that feat. After what has been an incredible year for the beloved London poet/singer-songwriter/musician, on Tuesday evening (May 11th), Maya Jama and Clara Amfo presented Arlo with the BRIT Award for Breakthrough Artist – one of three awards she was nominated for. Words cannot express our pride and joy.
And just after she picked up the award – with barely a chance to catch her breath – she made her debut BRITs performance by way of an elegant, yet powerful rendition of ‘Hope’ upon a stage decorated as a sunflower field, as a nod to the album’s title.
This year’s BRIT Awards served as a significant moment following the events of the past year, with an audience of just 4,000 people, of which included 2,500 key workers and their guests whose tickets were donated by the BRITs. In an explosion of colour and optimism, the indoor ceremony and live show formed part of the Government’s scientific Events Research Programme, and so played an important role in paving the way for the return of live music at scale – what a step in the right direction.
The night – Britain’s biggest in music – was dominated by female success with eight of the eleven trophies presented to women. One of those winners, and fellow performers was Dua Lipa, who recently covered Arlo’s ‘Eugene’ – what a full-circle moment. You can watch that BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge performance HERE. We leave you with the special moment that was, simply put, “a dream come true”. Congratulations, Arlo.
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