Stars including Adele, Rihanna and Coldplay descended on London’s O2 Arena for the biggest night in the British music industry calendar.

Among the highlights at this year’s Brits was tearful Oscar-winner Adele emerging triumphant with four awards and the touching tribute to David Bowie. The late rocker’s Icon accolade was collected by actor Gary Oldman.

Here are 10 photos which encapsulate a memorable night.

1. Bowie remembered

David Bowie tribute

David Bowie tribute (Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)

A touching tribute to the late rocker included tributes by actor Gary Oldman, singer Annie Lennox and a performance by Lorde.

2. Sadie Pinn’s cheeky surprise

Pam Hogg and guest

Pam Hogg and guest (Ian West/PA)

The model arrived with yellow-haired Brits trophy designer Pam Hogg – and promptly stole the show. Sadie also surprised Ant and Dec during the live ITV broadcast.

3. Kylie’s gobsmacking gown

Kylie Minogue

Kylie Minogue (Dominic Lipinski/PA)

Gosh. Where does one even start?

4. Adele loses it


Adele (Dominic Lipinski/PA)

Adele broke down in tears after winning the global artist accolade.

5.Drake bows to Rihanna

Drake and Rihanna

Drake and Rihanna (Dominic Lipinski/PA)

Drake and Rihanna sizzled with a performance of Work.

6. Little Mix put on a show

LIttle Mix

LIttle Mix (Dominic Lipinski/PA)

The X Factor winners’ performance of Black Magic was utter magic.

7. James Bay’s on fire

James Bay

James Bay (Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)

It has to be said, he put on a scorching performance of Hold Back The River and was fab accompanying Justin Bieber.

8. Louis Tomlinson and Liam Payne ham it up

Louis Tomlinson and Liam Payne

Louis Tomlinson and Liam Payne (Dominic Lipinski/PA)

Two One Direction members and one funny photo.

9. Justin Bieber from behind

Justin Bieber

Justin Bieber (Dominic Lipinski/PA)

When you’re this famous, there’s no need to see a face.

10. Purple suits Ant

Ant and Dec at the Brits

Ant and Dec at the Brits (Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)

Ant misunderstood Dec, his fellow Brits host, when instructed to do a costume change. He hit the stage in a ruffled ballgown instead of a tuxedo. It’s a bad joke, but a fab photo.