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​Viewers Emotional After Seeing Live Audience At The BRITs

​Viewers Emotional After Seeing Live Audience At The BRITs

Tonight's BRIT Awards ceremony not only has a live audience - as part of a government trial - but 2,500 of these are key workers

Jess Hardiman

Jess Hardiman

Many viewers watching the BRIT Awards ceremony at home have said they feel 'emotional' after seeing a live audience - which is made up of key workers, no less.

While big bashes have been out of bounds for some time, the government has recently started trialling large gatherings through pilot events - one of which takes place tonight with the BRIT awards.

After months of us making do with virtual gatherings on Zoom, the O2 Arena in London is playing host to the UK's largest indoor pilot event this evening with 4,000 audience members.

What's even better is that 2,500 of these are key workers, who have been helping keep the nation afloat throughout the pandemic.

Key workers Zunaira Faiz and Mimuna Hussin arrive for the BRIT Awards.
PA

"Not me getting emotional over the live audience at the brits," one person tweeted - adding six crying emojis.

Another wrote: "Anyone else feeling slightly emotional watching this @itv Actual live music in an actual arena. My God we've missed this. Wishing all the amazing key-workers & NHS staff a brilliant night."

A third said: "Does anyone else feel emotional watching #BRITs? Live music, and an audience full of key workers!!!! We're so close to getting our lives back @BRITs."

A fourth added: "I just cried into my pizza. Seeing the return of live music and performances with a live audience has made me all kinds of emotional #BRITs #brits2021."

ITV

Opening the ceremony, host Jack Whitehall said: "I can't tell you how grateful we are to be here tonight for the first live event back in the O2 arena.

"Yes, this venue has been emptier than Piers Morgan's diary.

"Covid's had more comebacks than Craig David but this evening we look forward to a brighter future.

"No more puzzles, no more Zoom quizzes, we have got an audience, we have got dancers, we have got pop stars.

"We are back."

Viewers were also treated to a sketch featuring Line of Duty stars Vicky McClure and Martin Compston - oh, and unlikely social media sensation Jackie Weaver, who found fame after the Handforth parish council meeting went viral.

Featured Image Credit: ITV

Topics: Entertainment, brit awards, Music