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Brit awards 2018 – in pictures

From Rita Ora and Kendrick Lamar to Sam Smith – stars arrive at British music’s biggest event. White roses were worn and carried as a symbol of solidarity with victims of harassment and abuse

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Brits awards 2018: Stormzy and Dua Lipa beat elders to snatch top prizes

London grime MC honoured on night when artists carry white roses in protest against sexual harassment

Dua Lipa and Stormzy, two of Britain’s most exciting breakthrough pop acts, have beaten much more experienced competitors to the top prizes at the ceremony at London’s O2 Arena.

Stormzy, AKA 24-year-old south London grime rapper Michael Omari, beat big names including Sheeran and Liam Gallagher in the best British male category, thanks to the piercing flow and emotive balladry showcased on his debut album Gang Signs and Prayer. That LP also won the most prestigious award of the night, British album of the year, again beating Sheeran as well as Rag’n’Bone Man, J Hus and Lipa.

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Beyond retro: 80s-obsessed producers are taking Rihanna back in time

Remixers like Initial Talk and Tronicbox are revitalising modern pop hits with a vintage makeover

With its booming synth line, machine drums and cooing chorus, Into You sounds like your average sugary 80s pop hit. Its YouTube video boasts a mulleted female singer, too, and comments from people who remember its release (“This song inspired Madonna’s Like a Virgin intro. She revealed it in an interview to Oprah,” says one; “This brings me back to 83 where I had my first kiss behind the school’s football field,” offers another). This would all be pretty pedestrian stuff for the internet, if it wasn’t for the fact that Into You didn’t come out in the 80s at all, and all of the people commenting know that full well.

Rather, it is a remix crafted to sound like a forgotten hit, and was created by Canadian producer Tronicbox from Ariana Grande’s 2016 hit of the same name. It’s just one of a proliferation of 80s “throwbacks” (fauxbacks?), which includes a remix of Dua Lipa’s New Rules by Japanese producer Initial Talk that was given an official release by the artist at the end of last year (3m Spotify streams and counting).

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