Melly- it was so obviously rigged. I know from Sony's perspective it makes sense to go with an active project rather than one that has ended and I am not naive- I know that this is how awards shows work, although the Brits have not been so blatant in the past. What irks me is that 1) he was obviously told the day before which is unnecessary and 2) his "fans" are too busy talking about a pregnant woman and not on this. Rant over.
Well and also to add to your point, the Brits is a tv show first and foremost, and a lot of what dictates who wins is who’s actually going to be there. I know there are folks in my inbox who feel Zayn’s loss was racism, and I understand where they are coming from, and its absolutely true that Zayn has faced racism and Islamophobia throughout his career, but (and please don’t throw tomatoes at me you guys), I don’t feel racism was a factor in his loss last night, though. There were other POCs that won awards. I think Zayn’s loss for British Single was rigged, but it was rigged in favor of, as you said, an active project and for artists that were in attendance to accept the award. Is it super fucky and unfair? 187%.
Speaking of a pregnant woman, in a very gross tip of the hat evildoer kind of way, you have to give it to her - Pregnant Cheryl™’s grand maternity photoshoot news was timed perfectly with Liam’s award acceptance. That’s a professional stunt queen at work.