The performance was a direct contrast to Justin Timbelake’s vibrant opening medley just minutes before. Standing on an empty stage save for a single piano, Rag’n’Bone Man kept true to the song’s powerful message.
He was later joined onstage by Jorja Smith, turning the song into a captivating duet. Smith took home this year’s Critics Choice Award — a prize Rag’n’Bone Man won last year. The pair was later accompanied by a full band as the stage lit ablaze and the song reached his peak.
The performance was introduced by Brit host and comedian Jack Whitehall, who dubbed the singer a man with “the voice of an angel and the beard of a wizard.”