Viewers Divided Over Hugh Jackman Opening The Brits With The Greatest Showman Performance
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The BRIT Awards 2019 opened with a bang this evening, as Hollywood star Hugh Jackman put on an impressive performance from his hit movie The Greatest Showman.
Jackman shared a sneak peek of what his performance had in store yesterday on his Instagram, posting a short clip showing an elaborate stage and dozens of backing dancers. And in the days running up to this evening, he's also given us behind-the-scenes clip of rehearsals.
But not everyone was a fan, with some viewers taking to social media to question why Jackman was opening the ceremony.
One wrote: "Hugh Jackman seems canny right but let's face it he's got one of those singing voices that are a bit naff but they work in a musical film of some descript. Why the very FUCK is he opening the Brits?"
While another didn't hold back, posting: "Why is Wolverine pretending to be a dick?"
Others were bowled over, though, with one writing: "I am living for how much Hugh Jackman loves The Greatest Showman, look how happy he is performing."
A second wrote: "Hugh Jackman has just killed the Brits. Great opening."
And host Jack Whitehall gave Jackman the biggest compliment ever, describing the actor as 'Australia's answer to Bradley Walsh'. I mean, it doesn't get much better than that does it?
Later on audiences will see performances from Dua Lipa, The 1975 and Pink, who will be closing the show as well as being honoured with the gong for outstanding contribution to music.
Ezra has already scooped the best British male solo artist award, beating competition from Sam Smith, Giggs, Aphex Twin and Craig David.
And it could be a good evening for Ezra, if he's lucks in, as he's also up for best British single with 'Shotgun' and best British album.
Meanwhile, Jorja Smith won best British female over other nominees Florence and the Machine, Lilly Allen, Anne-Marie and Jess Glynne.
Later in the evening, Eminem, Drake, Travis Scott, Shawn Mendes and Kamasi Washington will battle it out for best international male.
Ariana Grande, Janelle Monae, Christine and the Queens, Cardi B and Camila Cabello are all up for best international female.
Best British group will go to either Arctic Monkeys, Little Mix, Years & Years, The 1975 of Gorillaz.