Billy Porter, Dua Lipa, Griff among the stars who owned the 2021 BRIT Awards red carpet

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Griff attends The BRIT Awards 2021 at The O2 Arena on May 11, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by JMEnternational/JMEnternational for BRIT Awards/Getty Images)
Griff attends The BRIT Awards 2021 at The O2 Arena on May 11, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by JMEnternational/JMEnternational for BRIT Awards/Getty Images)
  • This year's BRIT Awards took place on 11 May 2021 and welcomed a live audience of 4 000 people at The O2 arena in London.
  • The evening was packed with performances from Coldplay, Dua Lipa, Griff, Arlo Parks, Headie One, P!nk & Rag'n'Bone Man and Olivia Rodrigo.
  • The red carpet was equally festive with punk, pleats, and playfulness seen on stars including Dua Lipa, Billy Porter, and Celeste. 

The BRIT Awards red carpet was an unconventional display of glamour. 

This is hardly surprising for a music awards night, where artists allow their stylists to take rewarding risks on them. 

READ MORE: 75 most memorable looks from 2021's socially distanced yet glitzy red carpet season

Thanks to pandemic 4-wall syndrome, when the stars step out these days, they do so with plenty sartorial intention and a ballsy attitude. And compared to the rest of the awards season, this red carpet was particularly festive.

Because music artists are always on beat, their style tends to be elegantly offbeat, and so punk, pleats, and playfulness characterised the best looks seen at the 2021 BRIT Awards. 

We share 15 standout looks that breathed life onto the O2 Arena red carpet:

All images: JMEnternational/JMEnternational for BRIT Awards/Getty Images

Griff 

The 'Rising Star' award winner dazzled in several looks. Between her white-socks-and-mary-janes shoe stamp of the night and her beauty looks, it's hard to decide which we loved the most.  

And get this; this was her first-ever Brits appearance. Way to make a debut, right? 

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 11: Griff arrives at The BRI
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 11: Griff (L) and Arlo Parks
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 11: Griff (L) and Arlo Parks
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 11: Griff (L) and Arlo Parks

Raye  

Old Hollywood glam is good enough for Brits too. 

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 11: Griff arrives at The BRI

Lianne La Havas  

Another figure-hugging gown paired with gloves. This time, by Schiaparelli.

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 11: Lianne La Havas poses in

Taylor Swift  

Taylor Swift, winner of the Global Icon award, rocked up in an elegant Miu Miu ensemble.

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 11: Griff arrives at The BRI

Dua Lipa 

The pop sensation swapped out her usual Versace for a British designer, wearing a custom Vivienne Westwood gown on the red carpet.

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 11: Dua Lipa attends The BRI

Maya Jama

All about the jewels in Area. 

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 11: Dua Lipa attends The BRI

Celeste

Playful in Look 5 from the Ashley Williams Spring/Summer 2021 collection – a black feathered puff-ball mini with bejewelled straps and a matching headdress, paired with red Roger Vivier heels.  

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 11: Griff arrives at The BRI

Billy Porter  

The statement-making star donned a ThreeASFour black satin dress complete with lace sleeves paired with matching black pants. Styled by Ty Hunter, the looks was accessorised by a Stephen Jones fascinator, and Rick Owens boots.

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 11: Griff arrives at The BRI

READ MORE: Billy Porter admits wearing a dress to the Oscars was a business decision

Harry Styles 

In Gucci, of course. 

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 11: Harry Styles wins the Ma
 

Little Mix  

Leigh-Anne Pinnock, Jade Thirlwall and Perrie Edwards of Little Mix coordinated in all-white looks. But never mind the white, it's the matching baby bumps that won us over. 

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 11: Harry Styles wins the Ma

Rina Sawayama

This Balmain gown is Oscars and Cannes Film Festival material, but perhaps it's also exactly what we needed at the offbeat BRIT Awards too. It's perfect.

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 11: Lianne La Havas poses in

Haim

The Haim sisters wearing looks by the Olsen twins' label, The Row. 

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 11: Lianne La Havas poses in

MNEK  

This shade of blue and these pleats are a pairing as good as bacon, avo, and feta. 

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 11: MNEK arrives at The BR

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