Fans slam Tom Grennan for asking Ellie Goulding if ‘they’re her real boobs’ at the BRITS
Fans slammed Tom Grennan on Saturday evening after he made an awkward remark about Ellie Goulding’s breasts live on stage at the BRITS.
Viewers couldn’t believe that the singer, 27, made a joke about her chest and racy wet-look top.
As the pair presented the Best New Artist award, Tom quipped: ‘I love what you’re doing – they’re your real boobs?’
Ellie, 36, handled the comment well and jokingly said back: ‘These are not mine, I wish, mine are a lot further apart.’
Tom quickly apologised and said ‘sorry’ before they quickly presented the award.
‘It just gave me the quickest ick in a while’: Fans slammed Tom Grennan on Saturday for asking Ellie Goulding if ‘they’re her real boobs’ live on stage at the BRITS
But viewers were fuming, defending Ellie on Twitter.
‘Not Tom Grennan asking Ellie Goulding if they’re her real boobs on live TV,’ one fan wrote.
Another said: ‘Absolutely furious that Ellie was spoken to like that at the Brits tonight. Shame on you Tom!’
‘Tom Grennan thinking it was appropriate to ask Ellie if they were her real boobs on the BRITS stage just gave me the quickest ick in a while. Like instantaneous sick in my mouth,’ one said.
‘Didn’t realise we were still asking women about their breasts at any chance we got! Ellie smashed it,’ another added.
Another said the comment was ‘unnecessary’ and made them ‘uncomfortable’.
However after the show, Ellie shared a picture of herself hugging Tom and wrote: ‘Such a great time with this gentleman this evening. Thanks for being a great co-host and congrats to Wet Leg.’
On the evening the singer, 36, wore one of her raciest looks yet, going braless in a daring wet-look top that featured a detailed bust.
Racy: On the evening the singer, 36, wore one of her raciest looks yet, going braless in a daring wet-look top that featured a detailed bust
Outraged: Viewers couldn’t believe that the singer, 27, made a joke about her chest and racy wet-look top
Ellie’s top, which appeared to be made of a thin PVC-like material, also featured a belly button indent and a backless design.
She teamed the look with a pair of high-waisted flared trousers which accentuated her long legs.
Host Mo Gilligan first took to the stage and welcomed attendees to the show, saying: ‘For the first time ever, we’re on a Saturday night. The tables are back in full effect.’
Aitch took home the first award of the night, winning the Hip-Hop/Grime Act gong.
Beyonce won International Artist of the Year, beating out the likes of Kendrik Lamar, Lizzo and Taylor Swift.
Becky Hill won the Dance Act award for the second year in a row and paid tribute to some of her fellow artists in her speech.
Harry also took home the Best Pop/R&B Award, which was presented to him by actress Salma Hayek.
However after the show, Ellie shared a picture of herself hugging Tom and wrote: ‘Such a great time with this gentleman this evening. Thanks for being a great co-host and congrats to Wet Leg’
Host Mo Gilligan then appeared to fluff his introduction to a performance by Lewis Capaldi by calling him Sam Capaldi, however he apologised afterward, joking it was proof how strong the drinks at the BRITs are.
The next award, Best New Act, was won by Wet Leg with lead singer Rhian Teasdale admitting her nerves as she got on stage.
After Harry’s Artist of the Year award, Fontaines DC won International Group of the Year with member Carlos O’Connell accepting.
Wet Leg were honoured with their second award of the night next, taking home the gong for Group of the Year.
Beyonce’s Break My Soul was honoured with International Song of the Year with the performer recording another message for her UK fans.
The 1975 won the award for British Group with lead singer Matty Heay taking the microphone to thank the band’s fans for their support.
Harry picked up his third award next, winning Song of the Year for As It Was, presented to him by country music legend Shania Twain.
Fat Boy Slim took to the stage next to present the award for Producer of the Year to veteran DJ David Guetta.
Sam Smith and Kim Petras took to the stage next for a raunchy rendition of their hit single Unholy, which came hot on the heels of their Grammys performance.
Lizzo, Harry, Lewis Capaldi, David Guetta, Becky Hill, Ella Henderson and Wet Leg also performed on the night.
Shortly after, Mo Gilligan told the audience the show was experiencing technical difficulties and so a clip of Adele performing her song I Drink Wine at last year’s show was played while the production crew sorted out the glitch.
Harry won his fourth and final of the world next when he received the Album of the Year award, presented to him by actor Stanley Tucci.
During Harry’s final acceptance speech, a member of his team briefly took the mic to offer his thanks but Harry snatched it back when he made a joke that he promised his wife they would be like Maya Jama and Stormzy later that night.
The show concluded with David Guetta performing a selection of his hits with the help of Becky Hill, Ella Henderson and Sam Ryder.
Music bosses came under fire when the shortlist for the BRITs was announced last month.
In a surprise snub, female artists were shut out of the Artist Of The Year, which last year introduced a gender-neutral overhaul by scrapping its male and female-centric categories.
The first gender-neutral award was handed to Adele last year, but in her acceptance speech she pointedly told the audience: ‘I love being a woman.’
Harry, Stormzy and Fred Again – real name Fred Gibson – were nominated for album of the year, alongside The 1975 and indie duo Wet Leg, who were the only female act in the category.
Charli XCX, whose fifth studio album Crash topped the charts, and Florence and the Machine, whose album Dance Fever earned the singer her fourth UK number one, were notably absent.
BRIT Award bosses are said to be in talks to bring back separate categories for best male and female artist next year, following the criticism.
BRIT AWARDS 2023: THE WINNERS
Mastercard Album Of The Year
The 1975 – Being Funny In A Foreign Language
Wet Leg – Wet Leg
Harry Styles – Harry’s House – WINNER
Stormzy – This Is What I Mean
Fred Again – Actual Life 3 (January 1 – September 9 2022)
Artist Of The Year
Harry Styles – WINNER
Group Of The Year
Bad Boy Chiller Crew
Wet Leg – WINNER
Best New Artist
Wet Leg – WINNER
Song Of The Year With Mastercard
Aitch – Baby Ft Ashanti
Cat Burns – Go
Dave – Starlight
Ed Sheeran And Elton John – Merry Christmas
Eliza Rose And Interplanetary Criminal – Baddest Of Them All
George Ezra – Green Green Grass
Harry Styles – As It Was – WINNER
Lewis Capaldi – Forget Me
Lf System – Afraid To Feel
Sam Smith And Kim Petras – Unholy
Best Alt Rock
The 1975 – WINNER
Producer of the Year
Songwriter Of The Year
Kid Harpoon – co-writer and co-producer on Harry’s House
Hip Hop/ Grime/ Rap
Aitch – WINNER
Becky Hill – WINNER
Harry Styles – WINNER
International Artist Of The Year
Beyonce – WINNER
International Group Of The Year
Drake And 21 Savage
First Aid Kit
Fontaines DC – WINNER
International Song Of The Year
Beyonce – Break My Soul – WINNER
David Guetta And Bebe Rexa – I’m Good (Blue)
Fireboy Dml & Ed Sheeran – Peru
Mauro Castillo, Stephanie Beatriz, Carolina Gaitán, Rhenzy Feliz, Encanto – Cast, Adassa, Diane Guerrero – We Dont Talk About Bruno
Gayle – Abcdefu
Jack Harlow – First Class
Lizzo – About Damn Time
Calum Scott And Lost Frequencies – Where Are You Npow
One Republic – I Ain’t Worried
Taylor Swift – Antihero