Quite how they managed to dip the sound when it was broadcast live is anyone's guess. Prescient censorship? We were repeatedly told that, since it was live, anything could happen at The Brits - particularly with dangerous, out of control anarchists like Snow Patrol and Corinne Bailey Rae on the bill. But dangerous isn't very popular at the moment.
BUM! POO! Which pretty much sums up Russell Brand's performance. To give him his due, it's a tough gig (as Frank Skinner found out when he died a thousand deaths the other year) and he had a few good lines. Most notably, the suggestion that Take That will be falsely imprisoned as shoe bombers.
Highlight was watching Arctic Monkeys accepting their award while dressed as characters from the Wizard of Oz.
However, it was Joss Stone who was most in need of a brain. Her LA inflected speech was easily the most baffling moment of the night. …