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5 Reasons to Watch Brit Awards 2016

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Justin Bieber performs on stage at the Brit Awards 2016 at The O2 Arena on Feb. 24, 2016 in London, England. 

The show airs on Fuse at 8:30 p.m. ET.

If you didn’t get a chance to stream the Brit Awards live earlier Wednesday (Feb. 24), fear not: Fuse will air the awards show tonight in the United States at 8:30 p.m. ET.  You may have been too busy at work to watch this year’s show live, but here at Billboard it is our job to watch music awards shows as they unfold and filter out the best moments for your consideration.

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When you tune in for the show’s American airing tonight, look out for these incredible moments that made us wish we were watching in person.

Adele wins all the awards (and cries about it)
This year, Adele left the O2 arena with four awards, including the Global Success Award and MasterCard British Album of the Year. Arriving on the stage to receive the Global Success Award, Adele was a blubbering, cursing mess -- and we love her even more for it.

 

Lorde’s touching tribute to David Bowie
In one of the most moving performances of the night, Lorde performed in honor of the late David Bowie, who died earlier this year after a battle with cancer. Drenched in red light, the New Zealand native perfectly covered Bowie’s “Life on Mars?” from the album Hunky Dory.

 

Drake and Rihanna bring their undeniable chemistry to the stage
Riri and Drake brought their “Work” video to life on the Brit Awards stage with a sensual grinding session and loads of steamy eye contact. If they’re still maintaining that they’re not perfect for each other both artistically and romantically, then this performance is terrible proof of that.

 

One Direction leave their mark
One Direction might be going their separate ways, but the boy band refuses to leave without a bang. At the Brit Awards, the group took home British Artist Video of the Year for "Drag Me Down," thanks to a devoted fan base who voted for the video on Twitter. Even on a hiatus, nobody can drag them down.

 

Justin Bieber reminds us why he’s America’s (and now Britain’s) heartthrob
It’s hard to keep up with the world’s opinion of Justin Bieber -- one day he’s Public Enemy No. 1, the next day he’s unabashedly crying onstage and winning us back -- but it’s intimate performances like this that remind us that, yes, we really do love Justin Bieber. The 21-year-old pop singer treated the Brit Awards audience to intimate performances of “Love Yourself” and “Sorry”, accompanied by James Bay. 


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