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Brit Awards: all of the red carpet arrivals ahead of the controversial 2020 ceremony

Statement style was the order of the evening at the London music awards

Brit Awards fashion is a conversation point every year, and the 2020 ceremony didn't disappoint. Taking place on Tuesday, February 18, the final day of London Fashion Week, it was an all-out expression of style for many of the stars walking the red carpet.

American singer Billie Eilish paid sartorial tribute to the host country in a head-to-toe Burberry look, while British rapper Stormzy eschewed his much-loved vest and tracksuit bottoms for an all-white Dior look, which he swapped for a black version to perform in. Quick-off-the-mark Twitter commentators have compared his look to Incredibles character, Frozone.

Click though the gallery above to see all of the stars arriving at the London awards ceremony.

British grime and hip-hop artist Stormzy poses on the red carpet on arrival for the BRIT Awards 2020 in London on February 18, 2020. RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE – NO POSTERS – NO MERCHANDISE– NO USE IN PUBLICATIONS DEVOTED TO ARTISTS / AFP / Tolga AKMEN / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE – NO POSTERS – NO MERCHANDISE– NO USE IN PUBLICATIONS DEVOTED TO ARTISTS
British grime and hip-hop artist Stormzy wore Dior to arrive at the Brit Awards 2020 in London on Tuesday, February 18, 2020. AFP

British singer Harry Styles certainly didn't let fans down on the style front. He wore a brown suit by Gucci, with a purple jumper over a shirt with a broderie anglaise collar and pearls. He also wore a black ribbon which was recognised as a tribute to Caroline Flack.

Subjectively, the best dressed stars on the night were Lizzo and Dave. The former wore a Hershey's chocolate-inspired dress by Moschino, a perfectly kitsch nod to Brits fashion of the past, as people are known for having fun with their looks at the British awards ceremony. Rapper Dave, who had a great night winning Album of the Year for Psychodrama, walked the red carpet looking sharp in a teal Louis Vuitton suit.

Dave also used the night to make a statement behind the mic. He criticised British tabloids’ coverage of Meghan Markle and paid tributes to Jack Merritt, the university postgraduate who was killed in the London Bridge terror attack in November.

A political night for the 2020 Brit Awards

The awards this year have been criticised for their lack of female nominees.

In 2018, the nominations were far more evenly balanced, with Dua Lipa and Anne-Marie leading the way in nominations. Neither featured this year.

Pop star and daughter of soul singer Neneh Cherry, Mabel, won Best Female Artist award, while Lizzo stole the show with a blistering performance of Good as Hell.

Stormzy, who became the first black British solo artist to headline Glastonbury Festival last summer, won the Best Male Solo Artist award, beating former One Directioner Harry Styles and Lewis Capaldi.

A controversial winner this year was American hip-hop star Tyler, the Creator, who five years ago was prevented from entering Britain by prime minister Theresa May.

May decried Tyler’s views, saying they “foster hatred with views that seek to provoke others to terrorist acts".

He has been allowed back in the UK since, taking home the 2020 International Male Solo Artist award.

In an event that originally began as a musical tribute to Queen Elizabeth’s Silver Jubilee, this year’s Brits were a far cry from the first ceremony.

Politics, diversity and mental health were very much on the agenda.

Comedian Jack Whitehall, who presented the awards, finished with a tribute to Caroline Flack, the Love Island presenter who committed suicide at the weekend.

Whitehall called her “a member of the Brits family” and someone who had “an infectious sense of fun”.

He said she would be "sorely missed" as he tried to hold back the tears.

Updated: February 19, 2020 10:10 AM

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