Here are 10 photos which encapsulate a memorable night.
1. Bowie remembered
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 (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 (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 (Dominic Lipinski/PA)
Drake and Rihanna sizzled with a performance of Work.
6. Little Mix put on a show
LIttle Mix (Dominic Lipinski/PA)
The X Factor winners’ performance of Black Magic was utter magic.
7. James Bay’s on fire
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 (Dominic Lipinski/PA)
Two One Direction members and one funny photo.
9. Justin Bieber from behind
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 (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.