The Brits may have one-upped the GRAMMYs this week. First, there was the David Bowie tribute. In contrast to Lady Gaga’s power-medley, an over-the-top celebration of so many Bowie songs, the British treatment was praised for its tasteful tribute featuring heartfelt speeches by Annie Lennox and Gary Oldman followed by Lorde’s subtly moving take on “Life on Mars.” The rest of the performances featured memorable turns from Adele, the Weeknd and Justin Bieber with James Bay. Two of the best moments came from Rihanna with Drake, killing it with their “Work,” and English star Jess Glynne, wowing the audience with a medley of three songs. Both Rihanna and Jess have new videos this week with distinctly Caribbean themes.
Rihanna: “Work” feat. Drake
Thanks to homeboy Drake, RiRi shot her new video at Toronto’s The Real Jerk, a restaurant specializing in Jamaican cuisine. The steamy video features her twerking with Drizzy, first in the packed eatery and then alone in a basement rec room.
The video, which already has more than 31 million views, has brought notoriety to the Real Jerk and delighted its initially reluctant owner, Edward Pottinger, who told the CBC he was "blown away" by the production and response.
Jess Glynne: “Ain’t Got Far to Go”
The rising British star, who landed several singles on the Billboard Hot 100 chart last fall, travelled to Cuba to shoot her brand-new video. Says Jess: “Making this video in Cuba was so fitting, the journey, the colors, the people, everything was so perfect. We met some amazing people who were so grateful, charming and hard-working and that’s what this song is about."
At the Brit Awards, Jess turned many heads with her eye-catching ensemble, including her massive mane of curly red hair, a striking emerald suit and striped platform shoes. Her hair alone prompted comparisons to everyone from Simply Red’s Mick Hucknall and Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter to Emma Thompson as Professor Trelawney in Harry Potter.
Jess Glynne's huge hairdo sparks hilarity on Twitter as she's compared to the Mad Hatter and Crystal Tipps
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