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David Bowie is dead – so why did he beat every living artist at the Brits?

David Bowie won two posthumous awards at Wednesday night's Brit Awards
David Bowie won two posthumous awards at Wednesday night's Brit Awards

It was supposed to be the year of the black stars. Instead it was the year of Blackstar. David Bowie’s final testament won the coveted Album of the Year award at this year's Brits, while Bowie was also given the British Male Solo artist prize. 

So what does it say about the state of British popular music that a deceased artist should carry off the biggest awards of the year?

It could be interpreted as a sentimental, nostalgic vote implying British pop’s glory days are long gone, that the vitality of youth has given way to the venerability of age. But I would argue the opposite.

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David Bowie was a genius, perhaps the greatest, weirdest, most dashing, daring and influential pop star of our times, who brought his extraordinary career to an audacious end with a moving masterpiece of breathtaking artistry. Inevitably, it had a profound impact on everyone who loves pop music and that is reflected...

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