TheOrator.Press: “Events Dear Boy. Events!” The Brit Awards ~ (Part 1) February 2023

Guest Performers Lizzo, Cat Burns And Stormzy Were Stunning

Exclusion of The Best Female Artist Category (For The Second Year Running) Leads To Retro Male Domination. So Much So Even The Biggest Winner of The Night Felt Compelled To Say Something.

Overall It Was A Cringey Clanger of Mis-Matched Mixed Messaging Which Was Deeply Disappointing.

Much Room For Great Improvement Next Year!

Rising Star Award Won For The First Time Won By An Ensemble
The Most Beautiful, Moving Performance of The Night Was Undoubtedly By Stormzy
Overall Banger After Banger – v-Clanger After Clanger

FLO Were Winners of The Rising Star BRIT Award 2023

It Is The First Time A Group Has Won The Award. And In Another First They Presented With Their Award On The Red Carpet, Having Been Told of Their Win Back In December

(See Our BRITs 2023 Part 2 Also In This Month’s Issue)

For The First Time The British Music Industry’s Annual Showcase Event, The BRIT Awards, Were Broadcast On A Saturday Night, Instead of The Usual Tuesday or Wednesday School Night, Thus Incorporating More School Children Within Their Main Audience.

Yet Throughout The Broadcast There Were (i) Gratuitous Images of Adults Apparently Drinking Alcohol Whilst Presenting (ii) Randomly Eating Food off Someone Else’s Plate & Using Someone Else’s Cutlery – Post Covid (iii) Eating Whilst Speaking And Presenting (iv) Inviting Job Applications For Non-Existent Job Opportunities – Post The #Me Too Movement (v) Spouting Officially Defunct Racial Stereotypes – Disowned By Corporate Giants In The Wake of The Racial Justice Reform Movement (vi) Outdated Gender Stereotypes Regarding Babysitting Duties (vii) Making Uncalled For Vulgar Sex Act References (viii) Uncalled For Drug-Taking References (ix) Explicit Adult Rountines (Including Prolonged Public Snogging) Which Have Resulted In Complaints To Ofcom (The Broadcasting Regulator) (x)And Environmentally Unfriendly Costume Changes Despite The Worldwide Climate Crisis. It Was A Litany of Various Thoughtless, Disappointing, And Embarassing Mixed Messaging With These Mis-hits In The Top Ten!

Consequently,The Never-Ending Inconsistent Messaging Clanged With Clanger After Clanger Flying In All Directions

The Gender Neutral Categorization On One Hand (About Which There Was No Democratic Vote) Just Seemed Self-Serving Virtue Signalling Right From The Start, Because On The Other Hand, The Show Opened With The Host Being Flown To The Venue In A Helicopter Branded With Lizzo’s Trademarked Slogan

“100 Percent That B*T**H”
(Which Is Hardly Gender Neutral Language)

It’s Going To Take Someone Special To Correct The Numerous & Obvious Mistakes of The BRIT School Project At The Brit Awards 2023. Meantime Lizzo’s Medley Performance of Her Hit Songs Special, 2 Be Loved And About D**m Time Was World Class. Her Messaging Was Evidently Consistent In Terms of Her Band And Backing Dancers Who Were Predominantly Beautiful, Big, Black Woman. Image Diversity Is Something Her Brand Is Known For. She Is Known For Her Colourful Language Amongst Other Things Which (As Described Above) She Has Literally Trademarked. But On This Ocassion In Front of A Substantial School Age Audience She Reigned Herself In (And We Must Say Looked Stunning & Exceptionally Pretty In Pink). It Was The Organizers Who Chose To Show The Helicopter Branding Which Is An Intriguing Decision Next To The Elimination of Gender Categories

Towards The End of This Year’s Show, Last Year’s Big Winner, Adele, Saved The Day In The Midst of A Technical HitchAs The Organizers Played One of Her Hit Performances From Last Year, During An Apparent Power Outage.
During Last Year’s Ceremony She Declared “I Love Being A Woman” And “I Love Being A Female Artist” (Potential Inspiration & Acknowledgment For Those Who May Be Feeling Undemocratically Dis-engendered And Or Simply Unconsidered)

Considering The Importance of BRIT School, Nordoff Robbins, And The Need For Higher Standards Within An National Education System In Crisis, For The Sake of Education’s Next Generation, The BRITs Clearly Need To Comprehensively Revise Some Behaviours.
The Question Is Does It Have The Necessary Caring Attitude, Effective Apptitude, or Genuine Capability To Acknowledge And Then Attend To That These Modern Day Contemporary Issues In A Way They Have So Far Self-Evidently Failed To Do? Or Is It Just Going To Keep Sticking Its Head In The Ceremonial Sand?

Fair Effort. But Must Do Better. Global Glory Comes Great Big Responsibilty. Technical Hitch During This Years BRITS (2023) Saw The Organisers Play Adele’s I Drink Wine As They Endeavoured To Fix The Problem. During The Course of Collecting One of Her Three Awards Last Year Adele Said She Understood What The BRITS Were Trying To Do With A Gender Neutral Show But Also Declared “I Love Being A Woman” And “I Love Being A Female Artist”. Her Courage In Adding Her Voice To The Debate Is Important In An Arena Where A Minority of Voices Seem To Be Dominate And Angry And Aggressive And Accusatory When Others Try To Speak. Desptie The Fact That Britain Is Blessed With Being A Democracy – Unlike Many Other Countries Around The World. Ironically In 2016 She Had Her Own Widely Reported Technical Issues With Sound Control At The Grammys And Also At Wembly At A 2017 Concert.

BRIT Award Winners 2023

(Total Categories 14)
Out of 14 Categories Only 2 Sets of Winners Were Black. Beyonce And FLO.
That Includes The Categories of Best Dance Act, Best Pop & R & B Act, And Best Hip Hop, Rap & Grime)

Song of The Year:

Nominees (10) As Below

Winner (1) Harry Styles – As It Was

Aitch and Ashanti – Baby

Cat Burns – Go

Dave – Starlight

Ed Sheeran and Elton John – Merry Christmas

Eliza Rose and Interplanetary Criminal – B.O.T.A. (Baddest Of Them All)

George Ezra – Green Green Grass

Harry Styles – As It Was

Lewis Capaldi – Forget Me

LF System – Make Me Feel

Sam Smith & Kim Petras – Unholy

Award For Song of The Year Presented By @shaniatwain

Artist of The Year:

Nominees (5) As Below

Winner (1) Harry Styles

Central Cee

Fred Again

George Ezra

Harry Styles


Respect To Harry Styles For Acknowledging His Privilege And The Fact That Several Female Artists Were Denied Inclusion In The Best Artist Category By The Exclusion of A Best Female Artist Category @rinaonline @charliexcx @florenceandthemachine @mabel @beckyhill

Group of the Year:

Nominees (5) As Below

Winner (1) Wet Leg

The 1975

Arctic Monkeys

Bad Boy Chiller Crew

Nova Twins

Wet Leg

Album of The Year:

Nominees (5) As Below

Winner (1) Harry Styles ~ Harry’s House

The 1975 – Being Funny In A Foreign Language

Fred Again – Actual Life 3 (Jan 1 – September 9 2022)

Harry Styles – Harry’s House

Stormzy – This Is What I Mean

Wet Leg – Wet Leg

Award Presented By @stanleytucci

Best Pop/R & B:

Nominees (5) As Below

Winner (1) Harry Styles

Cat Burns

Charli XCX

Dua Lipa

Harry Styles

Sam Smith

Award Presented By @SalmaHayek

Best Alternative/Rock:

Nominees (5) As Below

Winner (1) The 1975

The 1975

Arctic Monkeys

Nova Twins

Tom Grennan

Wet Leg

Best Producer

Nomination (1) Winner (1) David Guetta ~ Presented By DJ Fat Boy Slim

Shania Twain Wore A Stunning, Elegant, Figure-Hugging Full Length Yellow Dress (Which Colour Matched Fellow Award Presenter Naomi Ackie’s Dress Choice For Presenting The Best International Artist Award To Beyonce – Video Top Right ).

Famous For Her Song “I Feel Like A Woman” & “That Don’t Impress Me Much” The Canadian Singer Told Mo She Loved The Show & She Loved Him. She Said She Was Looking Forward To Getting Her Hugs In On The Red Carpet With Lizzo, Louis Capaldi And Harry Styles, When Mo Spoke To Her At Her Table. Suffice To Say Opinions Were Mixed About His Presenting Performance This Year.

As Mo Visited The ITV Presenters Table Maya Jama Declared They Had To Do A Good Job (Given Who They Are) But Within Seconds Joel Dommet Dropped A Crude Elton-John Sex Joke On Live TV (Which We’ve Chosen Not To Repeat).

It Was Particularly Unfortunate As This Was The First Year The Ceremony Was Not Broadcast On A School Night So There Would Have Been A Significant Number of Teenage School Children Watching.

Whilst The Whole Table Awkardly Ignored It Maya Jama’s Look of Shock Said It All – And We’ve Seen Her Say Something Edgy Stuff On TV. But The Difference Is In Her Case It Was A Post Watershed Adult Audience).

That Joke Wasn’t Mo’s Fault But It Didn’t Help Matters In The Grand Scheme of Things On A Night of TV That Was Very Mixed, Felt Disjointed And Generally Underwhelming (But For A Few Standout Exceptions).

No Doubt Comedian Julian Clary Will Be Paying Close Attention To What Happens Next Given What Happened To Him After His Notorious Equally Uncalled For Sex Joke About The Then Chancellor, Norman Lamont, At The Comedy Awards 2009.

Their Respective Managements Might Find Themselves Comparing Notes On A Couple of Particular F’ Bombs After That Shocking Stunt From Mr Dommet.

International song of the Year:

Nominees (10) As Below

Winner (1) Beyoncé – Break My Soul

Beyoncé – Break My Soul

David Guetta & Bebe Rexha – I’m Good (Blue)

Fireboy DML & Ed Sheeran – Peru

Encanto cast – We Don’t Talk About Bruno


Jack Harlow – First Class

Lizzo – About Damn Time

Lost Frequencies & Calum Scott – Where Are You Now?

OneRepublic – I Ain’t Worried

Taylor Swift – Anti-Hero


International Artist of The Year:

Nominees (5) As Below

Winner (1) Beyonce


Burna Boy

Kendrick Lamar


Taylor Swift

And She Was Breaking Records @The Grammys Just Days Before @beyonce

International Group of The Year

Nominees (5) As Below

Winner (1) : Fontaines D.C.


Drake & 21 Savage

First Aid Kit

Fontaines D.C.


Best New Artist

Nominees (5) As Below

Winner (1) Duo Isle of Wight Rock Band ~ Wet Leg

Kojey Radical

Mimi Webb

Rina Sawayama

Sam Ryder

Wet Leg

Both @Mothecomedian & @Leigh Anne Pinnock Have Made Powerful Documentaries About Racism Within The Entertainment Industry (Comedy And Music Respectively). Mo Presented The Event And Leigh-Anne Presented The Award For Best New Group (To Wet Leg) With Lioness @ChloeKelly

“Man This Is So Scary As Being On The Telly Can Feel Like Such A Boy’s Club Thing, But I Just Wanna Thank All of The Women That Worked On The Whole Production Thing. Like It Was…It Is A Team of Women. I Just Really Wanna Shout Them Out. I’m Really Nervous So I’m Gonna Stop Now. But Thanks Very Much. Thanks Everyone.”

On Receiving The Award For Best New Group At The BRITs 2023 Wet Leg Leader Singer Rhian

Best Hip-Hop/Rap/Grime:

Nominees (5) As Below

Winner (1) Aitch


Central Cee


Loyle Carner


Emily Atack Presented The Award For Best Dance Act To @beckyhill Alongside Sports Presenter @alexscott. Emily (Like Mo & Leigh-Anne Above) Has Also Made A Very Powerful Documentary. Hers Discusses The Issue of Online Sexual Harrassment And What Is Being Done About It (Available On BBC iPlayer) @emilyatack

Best Dance:

Nominees (5) As Below

Winner (1) Becky Hill

Becky Hill


Calvin Harris

Eliza Rose

Fred Again

Rising Star:

Nominees (3) As Below

Winner (1) Three Piece Female Harmony Group: Flo


Cat Burns

Nia Archives

British-Jamaican BRITs Newbie, Mo Gilligan, On His Second Year of Hosting Duties, Casually Jests With Seasoned, Italian-American, Hollywood Actor Stanley Tucci Who Recently Made A Multi Awarding Winning Smash Hit Cookery Series About Being A Seasoned, Italian-American, Hollywood Actor Who Loves The Food & Drink of His Mother Country. This Would Have Been A Great Time For Mo To Dish Up Some A Grade Comedic Presentation. It’s All In The Delivery Delivery Which Sadly Fell Flat Here. Sometimes Stars Can Win Round The Disenchanted But That Was Clearly Not The Case For The Man on Mo’s Left (Who, Sadly, He Doesn’t Seem To Notice)

The Most Moving Performance of The Night Was Undoubtedly By Stormzy. Especially As He Appeared To Move Himself So Deeply, Which Was A Manifestation of A Divine Performance of Sincerity, Maturity And Courage. It Seemed To Be A Reflection of The Self-Awareness, Honesty & Personal Growth He Talked About In His BBC Interview With New Friend Louis Theroux, Broadcast During Black History Month October 2022.

Accompanied By The World Class Chineke! Orchestra The Whole Performance Was Simply Big, Bold & Mindblowingly Beautiful!

Bravo! More! More! More! Bravo!

Stormzy: Mesmerizing, Moving & Moved At The BRITs 2023

Stormzy, 29, Seemed Deeply Connected With His Performance And His Audience. It Appeared To Be A Reflection of The Personal Growth He Has Gone Through As Revealed In The Excellent Interview He Did With Louis Theroux Back In October 2022 (Currently Available On BBC IPlayer).

Elsewhere Less “Banger After Banger” & More “Clanger After Clanger”

But There’s Great Potential For Great Improvement Next Year, Which Will Hopefully Be Better

Mo,34, Was Disconnected. He Looked Smart (Arugably Overdressed) But The Constant Disconnect Was Too Much To Ignore And Just Became A Huge Bore. It Got To The Point Where One Had To Wonder – Who Exactly Is He Hosting This Event For? Much Of The Time It Seemed Like Himself And A Group of Invisible Friends. It Was Less Banger After Banger And More Clanger After Clanger.

Not All Successful Entertainers As Suitable For All Entertainmetn Gigs. And This Year’s BRIT Awards Is A Perfect Example. It Turned Out To Be A Sad And Disappointing Top Ten of Mis-hits At The BRITs 2023. Available On ITV.X

Harry Styles Received Great Loud Applause From The Audience At The End of His Performance of ‘As It Was’ Which Opened The Show. Yet Mo ImmediatelyAsked Them To Show Him Some Love As If They Hadn’t Just Already Done That. It Felt Disconnected. He Didn’t Seem To Be Reading The Room Even Though He Was In The Room And Suppossed To Be Reading The Room.

“We’re Live From The O2 In London And For The First Time Ever We’re On A Saturday Night. Can I Get An Oi Oi! The Tables Are Back In Full Effect And You Never Know We’re In South London So We Might All End Up In A Chicken Shop.”

What?! Why?! Stereotyping Much? Isn’t That What We Are Asking Certain Sections of Society To Stop Doing?

Introducing White Irish Footballer Declan Rice (Who Was Presenting An Award Alongside Jodie Turner Smith) He Said “He Might Actually Be The Nephew of Uncle Ben Himself…”

Again, What?! Why?! After The Police Brutality Murder of George Floyd Mars Food Group, The Makers of The Now Defunct Uncle Ben’s Rice (And Other Uncle Ben Products) Stopped Branding It As Uncle Ben’s Because It Was Widely Condemned As Racist And Based On Historical Stereotypes. It Was A Big Deal For Such A Corporation To Make Such A Move, Internationally Reported And Very Much Welcomed. So That Comment Was Frankly Ridiculous And Exposing. Mo Had Clearly Not Done His Homework.

In September 2020 Mars Food Group Re-branded The Now Defunct Uncle Ben’s Brand (Including Uncle Ben’s Rice) To Ben’s Originals In The Wake of Calls For Social Justice Reform & An End To Racial Stereotyping

Stanley Tucci Is An Italian-American Hollywood Actor of Huge Entertainment Proportions (Even If He Is A Seemingly Modest & Mild Mannered Man) Who Was Sitting At A Table Minding His Own Business And Whom Mo Described As Having Just “Joined” Him. It Didn’t Look Like That To The Audience Who Could Not Help But Notice The Stance of Tucci’s Friend Who Was Sitting Right Next To Him. There Were Lots of Awkward Looks All Round All Night In Actual Fact Which Can Be Seen On Screen If One Watches Back And Takes An Honest Account. Available On ITV.X

A Matt Hancock Joke Was A Tired Stumbling Bumbling Mess Followed By A ‘Mo’ Mojito Cocktail Joke Which Was Also A Miss. A Magnum Is A Strong Jamaican Tonic Drink But Mo Didn’t Bother To Explain That To Audience Nor Stanley As He Adopted A Curious Diction And Said He Was Going To Make One For Stanley. So Again Who Was He Presenting To?

To Maintain & Further Grow His Fanbase And Help Effect Genuine Integration He Needs To Bring A New Audience In – Not Keep Locking Other People Out By Self-Satified, Complascent And Arrogant Insider Jokes. Nobody Would Like Being Subjected To “Private-Jokes” And Excluded If They Were In A Room Full of Mensa Members For Instance And Being Treated As Though They Were Unintelligent. It Was A Missed Opportunity To Blend Cultures Skillfully And Respectfully! Inclusion Is Not A One Way Street. (For Instance One Reason For The Success of Stanley’s Excellent Series A Taste of Italy Is The Fact That He Explains To The Audience Exactly What He’s Eating And Drinking, It’s History And The Ingredients And Brings The Audience Along With Him. Available On BBC iPlayer)

Cat Burns Performed Her Single ‘Go’ Live With Orchestral Accompaniment And Was Worldclass

Showing Off Posing With A Glass of Something In A Fine Looking Spirit Glass Gilligan Mis-Introduced Lewis Capaldi As Sam Capaldi. Afterwards (As Last Year) He Had To Make Another Self-Inflicted Apology. It Seemed Dismissive As He Hurriedly Remarked “It Just Goes To Show How Strong The Drinks At The BRITs Are”.

However He Was Seemingly Undettered As He Swaggered With Alcohol Again Imploring A Departing Harry Styles Back To The Podium In An Act Surplus To Requirements In Which He Urged Harry To Imbibe A Pre-Staged Shot of Something (From One of Two Different Coloured Shot Glasses). Harry Obliged But Seemed Keen To Get The Hightail Out of Dodge As Quick As Poss (Even Having The Class To Clear Away The Pre-Staged Shot Glasses). At Least This Time Gilligan Wasn’t Swaggering By Wastefully Pouring Perfectly Good Brandy Away On The Floor (Something He Has Previously Being Filmed Doing At A Totally Different Event Before).

Later He Declared “No I’m Joking. It Just Sounds Good For TV” After He Momentarily Give False Hope To Young Entertainment Wannabes By Declaring His DMs Open For Job Applications. This Was Not Clever Post The Me Too Movement Nor During A Cost of Living Crisis. It Was Crass. And Again Uncalled For.

The Cringe Just Kept Coming. He Introduced Ellie Goulding And “My Good Friend” Tom Greenan. Greenan Subsequently Awkwardly Asked Ellie If The Boobs Were Own In An Awkward Moment (For Which Later Apologised And Said Regretted). She Was Wearing A Black, Backless, Strappy, Iron-Clad Style Top, With A Moulded Built In Bra, Which Accentuated Her Chest. He’s Not Responsible For Greenan’s Behaviour But It Was All Part of A Horrible Disconnect That Just Kept Clanging And An Atmosphere He Was Tasked With Building.

Then For Reasons Unknown Mo Kept The Stereotypes Going By Inciting The Barely 20 Somethings, First Time Group Winners of The Rising Star Award, Female Harmony Group FLO, Into Petty And Very Public Theivery of Glasses And Cutlery. It Was Totally Unnecessary And Totally Unfunny. And Showed A Total Lack of Leadership & Guidance And Was Exemplary of The General Thoughtlessness That Typfied The Night.

A Worldclass Performance, Accompanied By The Chineke Orchestra! Highlights Stormzy’s Success In His Very Personal Journey of Self-Growth, Self-Development & Self-Discovery

Mo’s Hosting of This Musical Extravaganza Seemed Like Self-Sabatage Before Our Very Eyes. And It Was Painful To Watch. But The Potential Harm Done By Thoughtless, Senseless, Outdated Stereotyping Was The Most Gualling. As Mo Supporters It Was Deeply Disappointing (We’ve Previously Written Good Things About Him. And Joel Dommett).

It Just Was Not His Night. He’s Better Than That But He Failed To Prove It On This Ocassion And It Would Be Wrong To Pretend Otherwise. True Friends Tell The Truth. Yes Men And Hangers On Are Ten A Penny. And Others Can See Where And When A Person Is Going But Just Let Them Carry On Towards Their Own Self-Destruction As They Have Their Own Jealousies And Agendas.

He Has Great Potential And Great Qualities. Tall, Dark And Handsome He Has Classic Screen Star Physicality. And We Really Would Like An Answer To Joel Domment’s Question (Pre-The Elton-John-BRITS-Sex-Bomb) – “What Does He Use On His Beard To Make It So Shinny?” And It Is Obvious That He Always Tries To Include His Fellow Professional Friends & Allies In His Entertainment Endeavours.

On The Other Hand Most People Know That Professional Working And Mates And Socializing Are Two Different Things. For Longevity He Needs A Varied, Loyal Impressed Fan Base, Including Impressed Industry Professionals. Plus Members of The Public Who Are Not Part of A Cultural Clique In On His Side Jokes Which Appear To Be Uttered Exclusively For Them. Inclusion Is Key. And Its’s A Two-Way Street!

Meantime He Still Has Time To Live & Learn From His Mistakes And Up His Game. We Hope He Uses It Wisely, Advisedly. And Based On His Own Integrity. As Some Say In The Caribbean “Mus’ Can Do Better”. Hopefully Next Year It Will Be Third Time Lucky!

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