Emotions Run High at BRIT Awards: Everything You Didn't See on TV

Brit Awards 2016: Everything You Didn't See on TV
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02/25/2016 AT 11:15 AM EST

Adele dominated the BRIT Awards in London last night – and it wasn't just because she picked up four awards and dropped an F-bomb on live TV.

The "Hello" singer got emotional when accepting her awards – and her boyfriend Simon Konecki appeared to get choked up as well when Adele paid him tribute from the stage.

When she wasn't performing or accepting awards, Adele who sat beside the circular center stage with Konecki, threw her arms in the air and busted a few moves to live sets from Justin Bieber and fellow Londoner Jess Glynn.





Swapping her flowing red gown by Giambattista Valli mid-event for a figure-hugging, sequined Valentino number, Adele later left the entire audience speechless with a stunning live performance of "When We Were Young" that firmly laid to rest the technical issues she suffered at the Grammy Awards.

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In a beautiful personal moment away from the TV cameras, Adele cheerfully waved and walked to the front of the stage before her performance to say hello to the large group of fans who came from her old school, the Brit School performing arts college. The students eagerly waved back and screamed their support – before Adele gave them an expert lesson in how to perform to a worldwide audience of millions.

With Gary Oldman and Annie Lennox leading a tribute to David Bowie, the night was not purely about celebration, however. Everyone from the members of Coldplay to The Weeknd stood in respectful silence as Oldman delivered a heartfelt eulogy to his friend, while collecting a posthumous Brit Icon Award on behalf of Bowie's family.



Looking visibly moved from the experience, Oldman later had a quiet meal with friends at the Sony Music afterparty at The Arts Club in Mayfair, slipping away before the bulk of the guests – including Star Trek actor Simon Pegg – arrived.

At the award ceremony, guests enjoyed a 3-course meal prepared by 60 chefs and thousands of bottles of champagne, wine and beer.

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Given the slightly downbeat tone, it was fitting that Coldplay opened the show with "Hymn for the Weekend" – complete with a rainstorm of confetti that covered the arena. Sitting beside Stella McCartney throughout the show, Chris Martin spent the night chatting with friends including Beauty and the Beast star Luke Evans and playing with Stella's son Miller, 10 – the little boy sat between Stella and her husband the entire night, often climbing on to one of their laps for a cuddle. The fashion designer's oldest child received the ultimate birthday treat by appearing on live TV alongside Martin – who called Sir Paul McCartney's grandson "our manager."

Nearby, recently engaged Kylie Minogue happily talked to friends, while Superman actor Henry Cavill enjoyed the company of table guests, including TV presenter Caroline Flack and Spice Girl Emma Bunton, who was deep in conversation with former bandmate Geri Halliwell long before the show even started.

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Taking a quick break from parenting duties, Stella McCartney found time to have a giggle with style icon Alexa Chung, who spent much of the night in the company of models Jourdain Dunn and Suki Waterhouse.

While Adele put in a brief, two-minute appearance at the Sony afterparty, not even stopping for a drink with boyfriend Konecki before heading into the night – "It was just too busy for her," an onlooker tells PEOPLE – the attention was mainly directed toward One Direction's Louis Tomlinson, who spent the night drinking cocktails and having fun with friends in the VIP area. Around 2 a.m., he was joined by all four members of girl band Little Mix – including Zayn Malik's ex-fiancée Perrie Edwards.

Like his former bandmate, Tomlinson is now stepping into solo territory. A rep confirmed to PEOPLE that he is currently developing material with a Sony imprint.

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Away from the VIP throng, Ellie Goulding and singer Paloma Faith enjoyed themselves in the downstairs oyster bar alongside Olly Murs, while Mark Ronson got everyone into the groove by jumping in the deejay booth and setting up some classic dance hits.
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As usual for the Brits, the rest of the parties were spread throughout London. Over at Tape nightclub, Bieber held his own party, while Rihanna and Drake partied into the early hours at Tramp.

Meanwhile, 16-year-old Brooklyn Beckham was the main attraction at the Universal music party. Others to hit the dance floor included "Hold Back the River" singer James Bay and Lorde, who earlier brought the award audience to a standstill with her emotionally-charged rendition of Bowie's "Life On Mars" – described by Bowie's son Duncan Jones in a tweet as "Just... beautiful."
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