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Brit Awards 2018: The best and worst moments

By Aoife Kelly

The Brit Awards went off without a hitch at the O2 Arena in London on Wednesday night but there were a few memorable moments of the emotional, awkward, and hilarious variety.

Here's what went down...

Cheryl and Liam and the 'don't stop' safe word

Host Jack Whitehall sat down with former One Directioner Liam Payne and his girlfriend Cheryl, hours after rumours of an impending split hit the media. 

He kicked off by referring to a nervous-looking Liam as Cheryl's 'plus one' and spoke about Liam featuring on the Fifty Shades Freed soundtrack with Rita Ora. 

He said it sounded "saucy" and asked if there was a "safe word". 

Liam said: "She knows that" nodding at Cheryl and Cheryl quipped 'don't stop'.  Liam looked shocked and she stroked his chin.  It was all kinds of awkward.

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Jack Whitehall chats with Liam and Cheryl.

Este from Haim's superb video bombing

As Cheryl and Liam chatted to Whitehall, Este from Haim had viewers in stitches with her background antics. 

While some outlets accused her of being drunk, she tweeted, "not drunk, just living my truth".

Holly and Philip at it again

Host Jack Whiltehall struck again when he said the This Morning hosts were already "wasted" during the show. 

The remark was in reference to the fact that the morning TV duo have arrived in to work a little worse for wear following the National Television Awards on more than one occasion. Jack told them to "control" themselves as Holly preened Philip's hair, which was a little weird.

Whitehall also takes aim at himself

While no celebs were safe, neither was Whitehall himself. 

Before he introduced Rita Ora's performance the comedian joked about the lack of diversity among the hosts of the Brits in recent years (Dermot O'Leary and Emma Willis, Ant and Dec, James Corden and Peter Kay).

However, he added: "Despite the unimaginative choice of white male hosts, this is one of the most diverse and inclusive line-ups in Brits history and we are continuing that trend with our next performer. She is one of the most successful female artists ever, it’s the brilliant Rita Ora.’

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Host Jack Whitehall during the 2018 BRIT Awards show (Victoria Jones/PA Wire)

Liam Gallagher and Live Forever

After Ariana Grande reportedly pulled out of her Manchester tribute performance due to 'unforeseen circumstances', Liam Gallagher stepped in to pay tribute to the 22 people who died when a suicide bomber attacked the Manchester Arena in May with Oasis hit Live Forever. 

The entire audience sang along and it was an emotional moment at the O2 Arena.

Stormzy's powerful rap for Grenfell

The grime artists bagged two gongs - British Male Solo Artist  and Album of the Year - for Gang Signs and Prayer, but it was his performance which garnered the most attention. 

He closed the show with an emotional performance which saw him take aim at Prime Minister Theresa May over Grenfell.

In a freestyle rap, he said: “Theresa May where’s the money for Grenfell? What you thought we just forgot about Grenfell? You criminals, and you’ve got the cheek to call us savages, you should do some jail time, you should pay some damages, you should burn your house down and see if you can manage this.

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