Elton John and Years & Years – It's a Sin (BRIT Awards 2021 Performance)

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Watch Elton John And Years & Years Cover Pet Shop Boys' “It's A Sin” At The BRIT Awards

Stereogum 12 May, 2021 - 04:01am

The BRIT Awards, the UK’s equivalent to the Grammys, went down tonight at the O2 Arena in London. During the ceremony, Alexander performed his cover of “It’s A Sin” as a duet with none other than Elton John, one of the most famous gay pop stars in history. Naturally, it was quite the theatrical performance, beginning as a humble piano ballad before expanding into buoyant club music and an Alexander dance routine. They’ve also released a studio version of the cover, with proceeds benefitting the Elton John AIDS Foundation.

Watch the BRITs performance and hear the studio recording below.

Big winners at the BRITs included Dua Lipa (who won Best British Female as well as Album Of The Year for Future Nostalgia), J Hus, Taylor Swift, and Harry Styles. The event, the first major awards ceremony in Britain since the pandemic, was held in front of a 4,000-person audience with no masks and no social distancing.

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Elton John and Olly Alexander to perform together at BRIT Awards

NME 12 May, 2021 - 04:01am

Sir Elton John and Years & Years (Olly Alexander) are putting on a last-minute performance at tonight’s (May 11) BRIT Awards.

The two singers are thought to be performing The Pet Shop Boys‘ ‘It’s A Sin’ after Alexander starred in the Channel 4 drama of the same name.

The giveaway materialised in Instagram images shared by John, Alexander and the BRITs with the words “It’s”, “A” and “Sin” posted respectively and separately on their accounts.

A source additionally told The Sun that the collaboration was intended to be a surprise for viewers, claiming: “Elton and Olly have become unlikely pals and when the idea was floated that they should perform together on the night they jumped at it.

“It has been a last-minute decision and it is all being kept hush hush so there will be a surprise for viewers, but they have been working hard to put on something really special.”

The in-person BRITS is held at London’s O2 Arena tonight, broadcast on ITV1 from 8pm. There will be an audience of 4,000 people at this year’s ceremony as part of the government’s live events pilot scheme, the Events Research Programme.

Coldplay will open the show with a performance from a platform on the River Thames, and The Weeknd is also set to perform. Jack Whitehall will host the awards ceremony for the fourth consecutive year.

The BRITs has honoured record producer and convicted murderer Phil Spector in its obituary on its website, a move that could prove controversial.

Dua LipaArlo Parks and Yungblud are among the acts to be nominated for the BRIT Awards 2021 – see the full list of nominees here.

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BRIT Awards 2021: Elton John and Olly Alexander's perform 'amazing' rendition of It's A Sin'

Daily Mail 12 May, 2021 - 04:01am

By Bryony Jewell For Mailonline

Elton John and Olly Alexander left the BRIT Award 2021 viewers awestruck on Sunday after performing their rendition of the Pet Shop Boy's song It's A Sin. 

The music legend, 74, and Years & Years star, 30, teamed up for the event, leaving some fans to declare that their duet was 'amazing' and 'the highlight' of the night.

While others even gushed that the colourful performance of the song, which has been released as a single to support the Elton John AIDS Foundation, was 'the best ever' in the event's history as it quickly became a trending topic on Twitter.

What a show! Elton John and Olly Alexander left the BRIT Award 2021 viewers awestruck on Sunday after performing their rendition of the Pet Shop Boy's song It's A Sin

Taking to Twitter after the incredible performance, one fan tweeted: 'Elton John and Olly Alexander. I need to watch that again. That was brilliant #ItsASin #Brits'

While another impressed viewer penned: '#brits2021 Sir Elton John & Olly Alexander Absolutely Brilliant, one of, if not the best performances ever on the Brits.'

And someone else added: 'Elton John, Years and Years, Pet Shop Boys..... bloody hell!!! That was heaven!'

Agreeing that the performance was fantastic, a fourth person wrote: 'That’s the best performance I’ve ever seen at #thebrits #eltonjohn #ItsASin'

'Incredible': The music legend, 74, and Years & Years star, 30, teamed up for the event, leaving some fans to declare that their duet was 'amazing' and 'the highlight' of the night

Joining in the praise, a fifth person wrote: 'That was incredible! Wasn’t Olly Alexander amazing and Sir Elton John the highlight of the Brits 2021'

And another viewer tweeted: 'My goodness, @alexander_olly & @eltonjohn at The Brits - wow. Such an utterly beautiful performance........ #TheBritAwards.'

The single is in support of the Elton John AIDS Foundation, which was founded in 1992 and is one of the leading independent AIDS organisations in the world.    

Elton and Olly had been majorly teasing their joint performance on social media in the lead-up the the ceremony, with their Instagram accounts and the Brits page all sharing words that spell out 'It's A Sin.' 

Reaction: Some viewers even gushed that the colourful performance was 'the best ever' in the music event's history

New music alert! The tune has now been released as a single in support of the Elton John AIDS Foundation

Sir Elton got the rumour mill going on Monday night by posting the word 'It's' on a brightly coloured background, before Years & Years dropped the word 'A' in an identical font. 

Fuelling the speculation further, the official Brit Awards page then posted the word 'Sin', getting fans excited for what will no doubt be an epic performance.

It was reported that they'd be teaming up to perform a cover of the Pet Shop Boys' hit It's A Sin, which of course shares its name with the critically acclaimed series which starred Olly. 

Elton was a huge fan of It's A Sin when it aired on TV earlier this year and even shared his appreciation on social media.  

Performing pals: Olly and Elton have forged a friendship since Olly stared in hit TV show It's A Sin, with the music legend even inviting the cast to a dinner

Colourful: Olly lounged on the stage in a shimmering crop top and trousers while Elton played the piano 

Dramatic: The 30-year-old singer donned a red cape as he perched on the piano

Going for it: He serenaded Elton before jumping into an energetic performance 

Very impressive: Confetti sprayed out into the audience while Olly belted out the notes

The 2021 BRIT Awards marked the first live music event in the UK since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The indoor ceremony and live show formed part of the Government's scientific Events Research Programme.

Enhanced testing approaches will examine how events can take place without the need for social distancing after all restrictions are lifted on June 21.  

4,000 tickets were made available for the live ceremony, just one fifth of the venue's 20,000 capacity, with 2,500 of those being given to key workers. 

The BRITs will play an important role in paving the way for the return of live music at scale as the UK emerges from the past year's restrictions. 

Audience members were not socially distanced or required to wear face coverings once seated inside the arena, though they were required in communal areas such as the toilet or main concourse.

All attendees were allowed to purchase alcohol and concessions once inside the O2 Arena.

Attendees were also required to follow existing Government guidance when travelling to the venue and adhere to rules set out by the event organisers.

Among the rules, attendees had to provide proof of a negative lateral flow test result to enter the venue, and said test had to be taken at an asymptomatic testing site within 36 hours of the ceremony.

Upon arrival at the venue, all attendess were asked to take a PCR test, and will then take another test five days after the ceremony 

It's hoped this will gather further evidence on the safety of indoor settings, reduced social distancing and the removal of non-pharmaceutical interventions like face coverings.

He wrote: 'It’s A Sin is an incredibly moving account of the arrival of AIDS in the UK in the 1980’s. 

'Watching it, so many sad and devastating memories came flooding back. Many people were callous, ignorant and cruel. Thank God we have come so far since then.

'Hats off to @russelltdavies63 on creating this moving testament to a pivotal and important moment in LGBTQ history. The cast are sublime. Congratulations all round. A triumph of creativity and humanity.'

From multi-BAFTA Award-winning writer Russell T Davies, It's A Sin follows the story of the 1980s, the story of AIDS, and charts the joy and heartbreak of a group of friends across a decade in which everything changed. 

Putting on a show: Several backup dancers joined the star on stage

Olly starred alongside a cast of rising stars and celebrated favourites including Keeley Hawes, Stephen Fry and Neil Patrick Harris and It's a Sin has been universally praised by fans. 

Davies, the writer and producer behind Queer As Folk, the 2005 revival of Doctor Who and Cucumber, loosely based It's A Sin on his own experiences in the eighties.

He also spent hours in conversation with his childhood friend Jill Nalder, an actor, ally and activist who lived in London during the decade and is played by Lydia West in the drama.

Such a fan was Elton that he even invited Olly and the entire cast to dinner while on a phone call with the singer on his Apple Music 1 radio show in February.

All for a good cause: The single is in support of the Elton John AIDS Foundation, which was founded in 1992 and is one of the leading independent AIDS organisations in the world

He said: 'I told you when I called you, when this COVID thing has calmed down I'm going to have all of you guys down for a dinner and we're going to have the best time!' 

He also praised the show as the 'best thing' he's ever watched, saying: 'I have to say, being a gay man and having lived through that time, this is probably one of the best things I've seen on television, ever!

'For those of you who haven't seen it, you must see it, it will have a lasting impact.'  

With the host: Jack Whitehall jumped in for a snap with the musical duo 

In an explosion of colour and optimism, the 2021 BRIT Awards celebrated the achievements of British and international artists over the last 18 months.  

The awards ceremony truly belonged to Dua Lipa, 25, as the evening saw her scoop the accolade for Female Solo Artist and the Mastercard British Album of the Year Award for her lockdown hit Future Nostalgia. 

This year's Rising Star award winner Griff was handed the baton for the honour by 2020's Rising Star winner Celeste, who herself was up for three further awards.

And Arlo Parks was crowned Breakthrough Artist, one of the three awards the star was nominated for, after what has been an incredible year for the young London artist. 

Fan: Elton became a huge fan of Olly's performance as Ritchie Tozer in Channel 4 drama It's A Sin (pictured with the show's cast)

She also made her debut BRITs performance with an elegant rendition of Hope and decorated the set as a sunflower field in a nod to the name of her debut album.

Meanwhile, the International Group category followed a similar suit, with the California girlband HAIM in attendance to accept their award. 

And the accolade for International Female was given to the 19-year-old Bad Guy hitmaker Billie Eilish, who accepted the award via a pre-recorded video acceptance speech.  

Big night out: Elton was joined at the BRIT Awards by his husband David Furnish

The Weeknd emerged victorious in the International Male Solo Artist category with his award presented by the former First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama. 

The Blinding Lights hitmaker treated the audience to an unforgettable performance of his single Save Your Tears, pre-recorded from the US.  

Dem Boy Paigon hitmaker JHUS scooped the Male Solo Artist award, which was accepted on his behalf by DJ Semtex in his absence.

Following a successful awards season stateside, One Direction heartthrob Harry Styles scooped Best British Single with his summertime track Watermelon Sugar. 

Larking around? Jack and Elton seemed to be in good spirits as they chatted on the stage

The first female artist to win the highest BRITs accolade and the UK’s biggest selling artist of the year to date, Taylor Swift appeared in person to accept the special Global Icon award, which was presented by Game Of Thrones actress Maisie Williams.

Each winner was presented with the BRITs' first-ever collaborative double-trophy, designed by Es Devlin OBE and Yinka Ilori MBE, with each recipient encouraged to re-gift the smaller trophy to someone else.

The 2021 BRIT Awards, hosted by Jack Whitehall, marked the first major indoor music event in over a year as bosses released 2,500 free tickets to key workers.   

The show saw a total of 11 awards handed out alongside nine unbeatable show-stopping performances, six of which were able to be staged live in stadium.  

The show officially opened with fireworks and a UK exclusive performance by Coldplay of their new song Higher Power from the River Thames.  

The BRITs is known for its unique collaborations and this year was no different, with Elton John and Years & Years' Olly Alexander joining forces for a spectacular performance of the Pet Shop Boys’ classic It’s A Sin. 

The recorded version of the song will now be available to purchase as a single in support of the Elton John AIDS Foundation charity.  

A second collaboration saw Rag’n’Bone Man and P!nk perform their new single Anywhere Away from Here, with P!nk joining remotely from the US.

And the musical duo were joined by special guest singers from the Greenwich and Lewisham NHS Trust Choir, providing an emotional climax to the show.   

Another US star who made it to The O2 was Olivia Rodrigo who lit up the stage with a performance of her stunning hit single, Drivers Licence.

Twice nominated Headie One also blew the audience away with a special performance of Ain’t It Different/Princess Cuts, joined by fellow nominees AJ Tracey and Young T & Bugsey.

Presenters on the night included: Annie Mac, Boy George, Celeste, Lewis Capaldi, Kurupt FM and Mabel.

The event was Co-Chaired by Rebecca Allen (President EMI Records) and Selina Webb (EVP Universal Music UK), who oversaw the creative team which along with Devlin and Ilori also included BRITs TV Executive Producer Sally Wood. 

The BRIT Awards took place in front of a live audience of 4,000 people at London's The O2 six days before the next phase of lockdown lifts. 

The ceremony, which was broadcasted live on ITV, celebrated the return to live music and Dua Lipa promised those attending that it would 'be a night to remember'.  

The indoor ceremony and live show formed part of the Government's scientific Events Research Programme, and used enhanced testing approaches to examine how events can take place without the need for social distancing after all restrictions are lifted on June 21. 

Working closely with the Government to adhere to safety guidelines, The BRITs was the first live music show at The O2 in over a year, with 4,000 tickets being up for grabs - just one fifth of the venue's 20,000 capacity

The BRITs played an important role in paving the way for the return of live music at scale as the UK emerges from the past year's restrictions. 

Audience members were not socially distanced or required to wear face coverings in the arena, but were required to follow existing Government guidance when travelling to the venue and adhere to rules set out by the event organisers.

Among the rules, attendees had to have proof of a negative lateral flow test result to enter the venue. 

As part of the wider scientific research on the trial events, attendees were also asked to take a test after the event to gather further evidence on the safety of indoor settings, reduced social distancing and the removal of non-pharmaceutical interventions like face coverings.  

ARLO PARKS COLLAPSED IN SUNBEAMS 

CELESTE NOT YOUR MUSE 

J HUS BIG CONSPIRACY

JESSIE WARE WHAT'S YOUR PLEASURE? 

220 KID & GRACEY DON'T NEED LOVE

AITCH & AJ TRACEY FT TAY KEITH RAIN 

DUA LIPA PHYSICAL

HEADIE ONE FT AJ TRACEY & STORMZY AIN'T IT DIFFERENT 

JOEL CORRY FT MNEK HEAD & HEART

NATHAN DAWE FT KSI LIGHTER

REGARD & RAYE SECRETS 

S1MBA FT DTG ROVER PARLOPHONE 

YOUNG T & BUGSEY FT HEADIE ONE DON'T RUSH

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Elton John Teams Up With Olly Alexander’s Years & Years For Brit Awards Cover Of Pet Shop Boys’ ‘It’s A Sin’

ETCanada.com 12 May, 2021 - 04:01am

The Brit Awards took place at London’s 02 Arena on Tuesday, May 11, and a performance from Elton John and Olly Alexander stole the show.

With Sir Elton on keys, Alexander and Years & Years (his synth-pop group turned solo effort) joined in for a cover of Pet Shop Boys’ “It’s a Sin”.

The song begins as a piano ballad, with a caped Alexander lying atop Sir Elton’s grand piano on darkened stage, taking the first verse.

Alexander then removes the cape and stretches out on the piano while singing as the rock icon beams at him.

The song’s distinctive synthesizers and beat then kick in, with the stage suddenly lit to reveal a cadre of backup dancers.

The “Rocketman” singer takes the next verse as Alexander hits the stage, resulting in arguably the most dramatic, theatrical performance of the 2021 Brits.

As Alexander’s fans know, Years & Years recently covered “It’s a Sin” as the theme song for the Alexander-starring British TV series of the same name, following a group of gay men in London during the early years of the AIDS crisis in the 1980s.

Check out Years & Years’ version below:

Elton John and Years & Years Team Up For Pet Shop Boys 'It's A Sin' Cover | iHeartRadio

iHeartRadio 12 May, 2021 - 04:01am

Elton John and Years & Years have teamed up on an awesome new cover of Pet Shop Boys' "It's A Sin" after debuting the new version of the classic dance floor anthem during this year's BRIT Awards, and proceeds from the recorded version will be going to a good cause.

At this year's BRIT Awards, Elton and Years & Years' Olly Alexander performed the 1987 hit in a colorful set, with John at the piano and Olly singing with the music legend. A press release explains that "the collaboration and performance was inspired by the Russell T Davies TV series It's a Sin," which Alexander stars in.

The recorded version of Elton and Olly's cover of "It's A Sin" is produced by Stuart Price (Due Lipa, Madonna, The Killers), and proceeds will go to support the Elton John AIDS Foundation, an organization dedicated to ending the AIDS epidemic. Fans are also encouraged to donate to Elton John AIDS Foundation here.

On social media Elton John shared of the new cover, "So happy to share this very special new version of ‘It’s a sin’ with myself and @ollyyears of @yearsandyearsin support of the Elton John AIDS Foundation."

At the upcoming iHeartRadio Music Awards, Elton John will be presented with the 2021 iHeartRadio Icon Award, introduced by Chris Martin and Lil Nas X. The award also will feature a special tribute performance honoring Elton John’s global impact on pop culture, longevity, and continued relevance as a touring and radio force with a loyal fan base worldwide.

The eighth annual iHeartRadio Music Awards will air live from The Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles on Thursday, May 27th from 8:00-10:00 PM ET live (PT tape-delayed). The event will also be aired on iHeartMedia radio stations nationwide and on the iHeartRadio app.

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