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

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.

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

‘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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

How are the BRIT Awards going ahead during the Covid pandemic?

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

The indoor ceremony and live show will form 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 will not be socially distanced or required to wear face coverings once seated inside the arena, though they will be required in communal areas such as the toilet or main concourse.

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

Attendees will also be 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 must have proof of a negative lateral flow test result to enter the venue, and said test must be taken at an asymptomatic testing site within 36 hours of the ceremony.

Upon arrival at the venue, all attendess will be 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

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

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

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

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

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

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)

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)

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.

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

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

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

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

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.

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.’

BRIT AWARD WINNERS 2021

FEMALE SOLO ARTIST 

ARLO PARKS

CELESTE 

DUA LIPA – WINNER

JESSIE WARE 

 LIANNE LA HAVAS

MALE SOLO ARTIST 

AJ TRACEY

HEADIE ONE 

J HUS – WINNER

JOEL CORRY 

YUNGBLUD

BRITISH GROUP 

BICEP

BIFFY CLYRO 

LITTLE MIX – WINNER

THE 1975 

YOUNG T & BUGSEY

BRITs RISING STAR 

GRIFF WARNER – WINNER

PA SALIEU

RINA SAWAYAMA 

MASTERCARD ALBUM 

ARLO PARKS COLLAPSED IN SUNBEAMS 

CELESTE NOT YOUR MUSE 

DUA LIPA FUTURE NOSTALGIA – WINNER

J HUS BIG CONSPIRACY

JESSIE WARE WHAT’S YOUR PLEASURE? 

INTERNATIONAL GROUP

BTS 

D.C. PARTISAN 

FOO FIGHTERS 

HAIM – WINNER

RUN THE JEWELS

RISING STAR

Griff

BREAKTHROUGH ARTIST 

ARLO PARKS – WINNER

BICEP 

CELESTE 

JOEL CORRY 

YOUNG T & BUGSEY

BRITISH SINGLE

220 KID & GRACEY DON’T NEED LOVE

AITCH & AJ TRACEY FT TAY KEITH RAIN 

DUA LIPA PHYSICAL

HARRY STYLES WATERMELON SUGAR – WINNER 

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

INTERNATIONAL FEMALE SOLO ARTIST 

ARIANA GRANDE

BILLIE EILISH – WINNER

CARDI B

MILEY CYRUS 

TAYLOR SWIFT 

INTERNATIONAL MALE SOLO ARTIST 

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN  

BURNA BOY 

CHILDISH GAMBINO 

TAME IMPALA FICTION

THE WEEKND – WINNER

GLOBAL ICON

Taylor Swift  

 


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