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Jack Whitehall mocks Little Mix, Rita Ora and Laurence Fox at the BRIT Awards

Jack Whitehall was given the thumbs up on Tuesday night while targeting a host of high-profile celebrities during his latest stint as host at the annual BRIT Awards. 

Nothing was off-limits at the socially distanced event as Whitehall took aim at Rita Ora’s rule-breaking lockdown party, Olly Murs’ popularity and Taylor Swift and Kanye West’s ongoing feud during a memorable night at the O2. 

Somewhat inevitably, Little Mix also found themselves in the firing line as the comedian, 32, joked about Leigh-Anne Pinnock and Perrie Edwards’ recent pregnancy announcements. 

Divided: Jack Whitehall received a mixed response on Tuesday night as fans reacted to his latest stint as host at the annual BRIT Awards

Introducing the band – who won the award for Best British Group – he quipped: ‘What do you do to pass the time during lockdown?’ 

The comedian later referenced Leigh-Anne and Perrie’s pregnancy announcements, which came just days apart, adding: ‘These girls are so in sync they can even harmonise their pregnancies.’

Whitehall had previously targeted Jade Thirlwall – the only band-member who isn’t expecting a baby – while singing a playful version of sea shanty The Wellerman with Scottish TikTok personality Nathan Evans. 

Doctoring the lyrics to the song – a viral hit during lockdown – he sung: ‘Soon may the Little Mix come, babies popping one by one. They still looking they’re having fun, Jade’s drinking for all three.’

Here we go: Little Mix also found themselves in the firing line as the comedian, 32, joked about Leigh-Anne Pinnock and Perrie Edwards ' recent pregnancy announcements

Here we go: Little Mix also found themselves in the firing line as the comedian, 32, joked about Leigh-Anne Pinnock and Perrie Edwards ‘ recent pregnancy announcements

Hilarious: The singers saw the funny side as Whitehall playfully asked them how they had passed the time during lockdown

Hilarious: The singers saw the funny side as Whitehall playfully asked them how they had passed the time during lockdown 

Well done: Many viewers praised the comedian for his quick wit while watching the socially distanced show as it took place at London's O2

Well done: Many viewers praised the comedian for his quick wit while watching the socially distanced show as it took place at London’s O2

In the firing line: Nothing was off-limits at the socially distanced event as Whitehall took aim at a host of celebrities during a memorable night at the O2

In the firing line: Nothing was off-limits at the socially distanced event as Whitehall took aim at a host of celebrities during a memorable night at the O2 

There was a further reference to Rita Ora in the altered lyrics, with the singer’s rule-breaking 30th birthday party coming back to haunt her despite being thousands of miles away in Australia while she films The Voice.   

Taking aim at the star, he added: ‘Tay-Tay, Pink and a whole lot more – a party fit for Rita Ora.’ 

Making light of the socially distanced event, which was attended by NHS workers, he later joked: ‘It’s been a tough year, Covid’s had more comebacks than Craig David but this evening we look forward to a brighter future.

‘To ensure a reduced capacity we billed this as a Niall Horan gig.’   

Banter: Olly Muts was among those targeted b y Whitehall on Tuesday evening

Banter: Olly Muts was among those targeted b y Whitehall on Tuesday evening 

From Little Mix to Wayne Lineker: Jack Whitehall at the BRIT Awards

‘These girls are so in sync they can even harmonise their pregnancies’ (to Little Mix) 

‘It’s been a tough year, Covid’s had more comebacks than Craig David but this evening we look forward to a brighter future’  (on lockdown)

‘To ensure a reduced capacity we billed this as a Niall Horan gig’ (on social distancing at the O2)

‘I can’t believe I’m saying this, but the undisputed Queen of Pop is in attendance. She’s been ripped off more times than Colin the Caterpiller, but she’s come out swinging’ (on Taylor Swift losing her back catalogue))

‘Don’t worry Murssy’s here for fun, we will not let him sing’ (to guest Olly Murs)

 ‘At least he finally stopped making music’ (on Laurence Fox’s foray into politics)

 ‘In the words of Tiger Woods: driver’s license, take it away…’ (while introducing Olivia Rodrigo to the stage)

‘The proceeds from that one will mainly go to the make Spotify Even Richer foundation’ (following The Weeknd’s performance) 

‘Here at the BRITS we’re all about appealing to a younger demographic. Like Wayne Lineker’s Tinder profile we’re not interested in anyone who’s old enough to remember Chumbawumba’  

My turn: Global Icon winner Taylor Swift's back catalogue dispute and ongoing feud with Kanye West was also highlighted by Whitehall

My turn: Global Icon winner Taylor Swift’s back catalogue dispute and ongoing feud with Kanye West was also highlighted by Whitehall 

Referencing the divisive Laurence Fox’s ‘tragic foray into politics”, he quipped that “at least he finally stopped making music.”

Tiger Woods’ recent driving ban for being under the influence while behind the wheel of a car was also played for laughs as Whitehall introduced Olivia Rodrigo to the stage. 

‘In the words of Tiger Woods: driver’s license, take it away…’ he joked as she prepared for her performance.  

Elsewhere Celebs Go Dating star Wayne Lineker’s admission that he only dates younger women was played for laughs, with the 58-year old referenced during another monologue. 

Addressing the camera, Whitehall quipped:  #’Here at the BRITS we’re all about appealing to a younger demographic. Like Wayne Lineker’s Tinder profile we’re not interested in anyone who’s old enough to remember Chumbawumba.’ 

Funny: The comedian took aim at Little Mix and Rita Ora while performing a doctored version of The Wellerman with Nathan Evans

Funny: The comedian took aim at Little Mix and Rita Ora while performing a doctored version of The Wellerman with Nathan Evans  

How did BRIT Awards go ahead during the Covid pandemic?

The 2021 BRIT Awards marked the first live music event in the UK since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The indoor ceremony and live show formed part of the Government’s scientific Events Research Programme.

Enhanced testing approaches will examine how events can take place without the need for social distancing after all restrictions are lifted on June 21.  

4,000 tickets were made available for the live ceremony, just one fifth of the venue’s 20,000 capacity, with 2,500 of those being given to key workers. 

The BRITs will play an important role in paving the way for the return of live music at scale as the UK emerges from the past year’s restrictions. 

Audience members were not socially distanced or required to wear face coverings once seated inside the arena, though they were required in communal areas such as the toilet or main concourse.

All attendees were allowed to purchase alcohol and concessions once inside the O2 Arena.

Attendees were also required to follow existing Government guidance when travelling to the venue and adhere to rules set out by the event organisers.

Among the rules, attendees had to provide proof of a negative lateral flow test result to enter the venue, and said test had to be taken at an asymptomatic testing site within 36 hours of the ceremony.

Upon arrival at the venue, all attendess were asked to take a PCR test, and will then take another test five days after the ceremony 

It’s hoped this will gather further evidence on the safety of indoor settings, reduced social distancing and the removal of non-pharmaceutical interventions like face coverings.

Taylor Swift also found herself at the mercy of Whitehall, who mocked the singer for re-recording a selection of her albums after her record label sold off her back catalogue. 

‘I can’t believe I’m saying this, but the undisputed Queen of Pop is in attendance,’; he announced. ‘She’s been ripped off more times than Colin the Caterpiller, but she’s come out swinging. 

‘If she doesn’t win tonight she’ll probably just re-record the whole show to make sure that she does… Taylor Swift will be with us later.’ 

Swift went on to win the coveted Global Icon award, with Whitehall using the opportunity to suggest she pass the miniature version of her gong to Kanye West – a reference to his notorious stage invasion at the 2009 MTV Video Awards.   

BRIT AWARDS WINNERS 2021

FEMALE SOLO ARTIST 

ARLO PARKS

CELESTE 

DUA LIPA – WINNER

JESSIE WARE 

 LIANNE LA HAVAS

MALE SOLO ARTIST 

AJ TRACEY

HEADIE ONE 

J HUS – WINNER

JOEL CORRY 

YUNGBLUD

BRITISH GROUP 

BICEP

BIFFY CLYRO 

LITTLE MIX – WINNER

THE 1975 

YOUNG T & BUGSEY

BRITs RISING STAR 

GRIFF WARNER – WINNER

PA SALIEU

RINA SAWAYAMA 

MASTERCARD ALBUM 

ARLO PARKS COLLAPSED IN SUNBEAMS 

CELESTE NOT YOUR MUSE 

DUA LIPA FUTURE NOSTALGIA – WINNER

J HUS BIG CONSPIRACY

JESSIE WARE WHAT’S YOUR PLEASURE? 

INTERNATIONAL GROUP

BTS 

D.C. PARTISAN 

FOO FIGHTERS 

HAIM – WINNER

RUN THE JEWELS

RISING STAR

Griff

BREAKTHROUGH ARTIST 

ARLO PARKS – WINNER

BICEP 

CELESTE 

JOEL CORRY 

YOUNG T & BUGSEY

BRITISH SINGLE

220 KID & GRACEY DON’T NEED LOVE

AITCH & AJ TRACEY FT TAY KEITH RAIN 

DUA LIPA PHYSICAL

HARRY STYLES WATERMELON SUGAR – WINNER 

HEADIE ONE FT AJ TRACEY & STORMZY AIN’T IT DIFFERENT 

JOEL CORRY FT MNEK HEAD & HEART

NATHAN DAWE FT KSI LIGHTER

REGARD & RAYE SECRETS 

S1MBA FT DTG ROVER PARLOPHONE 

YOUNG T & BUGSEY FT HEADIE ONE DON’T RUSH

INTERNATIONAL FEMALE SOLO ARTIST 

ARIANA GRANDE

BILLIE EILISH – WINNER

CARDI B

MILEY CYRUS 

TAYLOR SWIFT 

INTERNATIONAL MALE SOLO ARTIST 

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN  

BURNA BOY 

CHILDISH GAMBINO 

TAME IMPALA FICTION

THE WEEKND – WINNER

GLOBAL ICON

Taylor Swift  

 

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