Chart star Harry Styles took the wrong direction during one of his band’s big moment at the Brit Awards tonight – nipping to the toilet when he should have collected a prize.
The singer left his One Direction pals to head on stage without him as they collected their global success award – one of two wins – and after eventually joining them asked: “What did we win?”
Veteran star David Bowie crowned his comeback after a 10-year absence by landing the best British male prize, becoming the oldest star to ever win a Brit.
The 67-year-old – who lives in New York and was awarded the same title exactly 30 years ago – stayed away from the event and sent supermodel Kate Moss to pick up the prize on his behalf.
Moss arrived wearing an outfit which Bowie himself had worn onstage during his Ziggy Stardust era in 1972 to read his speech in which he stepped into the referendum debate by declaring: “Scotland stay with us.”
The other big winners of the night were Arctic Monkeys who collected two prizes - best group and best album – repeating the feat they pulled off in 2007 and 2008. The Sheffield quartet have had a new wave of success on the back of their fifth album AM.
The star-studded bash, staged at the O2 Arena, featured performances by acts such as Beyonce, Katy Perry and Pharrell Williams.
One Direction left fans confused when they headed to pick their first award of the night as a four-piece with just Louis Tomlinson, Zayn Malik, Niall Horan and Liam Payne going on stage.
Payne asked: “Has anyone seen the curly haired lad? I don’t know where you are Harry.”
Styles then came hurtling up a runway to the stage and told the audience: “I’m really sorry I was having a wee. Toilets are ages away. What did we win?”
Corden then poked fun at the star’s lothario reputation, adding: Having a wee? He couldn’t even wait ’til the end of the show.“
All five of the group were present to collect their second award of the night, taking the best video gong for ‘Best Song Ever’. The award was voted by Twitter users during the show, which was being screened internationally on YouTube, the first time organisers have used social media to choose a winner.
But with more than 17m followers on Twitter – almost three times as many as the other nominees combined – the group were always a shoo-in to pick up the prize.
Singer Ellie Goulding was named best British female star to land the first prize of the night. She said: “This means so much to me – I can’t even tell you.”
Bowie beat acts such as Jake Bugg and Tom Odell to win his award tonight – his first Brit for 18 years and only the third he has ever been given.
He has succeeded Tom Jones – who landed a prize at the age of 62 – as the oldest recipient. Bowie rarely leaves New York where he has been living for many years.
Noel Gallagher who announced Bowie as the winner said: “You maniacs didn’t think David Bowie was actually going to be here? David Bowie’s too cool for that - he doesn’t do this s***.
“David Bowie has sent his representative on earth. The one and only Kate Moss is going to receive this award on his behalf.”
Moss said: “Good evening ladies and gentleman, David has asked me to say this. I’m completely delighted to have a Brit for being the best male – but I am, aren’t I Kate? I think it’s a great way to end the day. Thank you very, very much and Scotland stay with us.”
Arctic Monkeys opened the show with a performance of their track ‘R U Mine?’ with flaming letters spelling out the name of their fifth album ‘AM’.
Frontman Alex Turner joked as they collected their best group prize: “That’s 15 quid we put on One Direction to win down the drain.”
And picking the best album prize, he declared: “Yeah, that rock and roll – it seems like its fading away sometimes, but it will never die. And there’s nothing you can do about it. Thank you very much for this. I do truly appreciate it.”
“Invoice me for the microphone if you need it,” he added before dropping his microphone on to the stage.
Ceremony host James Corden cheekily took a “selfie” picture of himself with guest presenter Prince from the stage and then posted the image on Twitter while the ceremony was still going on.
The presenter – who is stepping down after four successive years fronting the show – took part in a daring stunt in which his sleeve was ablaze, pretending it had caught fire after brushing past the flaming letters during Arctic Monkeys’ performance.
Corden also kissed Radio 1 breakfast show DJ Nick Grimshaw on the lips during the performance, a repeat of last year’s encounter between the pair.
Other winners included Bruno Mars who was named best international male act, Bastille who took the best breakthrough act prize and Rudimental who won the best single prize for ‘Waiting All Night’.
Gusts presenters included Kylie Minogue – wearing a knee-length black rubber dress – as well as Lily Allen, Nicole Scherzinger and Cesc Fabregas.
Guitarist and producer Nile Rodgers collected the best international group award on behalf of French duo Daft Punk – who often appear in public dressed as robots – who did not attend the ceremony.
Rodgers worked on the pair’s ‘Random Access Memories’ album as well as adding his signature guitar sound to his single Get Lucky.
He joked: “I guess we got lucky.”