Brits 2021 viewers buzz as Michelle Obama presents award to The Weeknd

Michelle Obama stopped by to present The Weeknd with his award (Picture: Getty)

Viewers of the Brit Awards 2021 were left stunned as former First Lady Michelle Obama appeared to present an award on the night.

The former Flotus was a surprise guest on the night, appearing via video link to present the award for international male to The Weeknd.

She told viewers: ‘He’s made his impact not just on stage and in our earbuds, he’s also donated millions to causes like Covid relief and Black Lives Matter.

‘He’s helped feed those displaced by violence in Ethiopia, he’s funded assistance for survivors of the explosion in Lebanon.

‘So let’s just say, in a tough year, he’s provided a light that’s pretty blinding and given us all a reason to dance.’

Referring to The Weeknd by his real name of Abel Tesfaye, she added: ‘I am proud to announce that the winner of the international male solo artist is The Weeknd. Congratulations, Abel.’

Brits fans were over the moon to see Michelle, tweeting: ‘Michelle Obama, What a flex’ and ‘Michelle obama announcing the weeknd as the international male artist of the year at #brits2021 made me happy in a way that i became so emotional , i am so proud of him [sic]’.

Others added: ‘I wasn’t expecting to see michelle obama at the brits but that’s iconic.’

The Weeknd added in his acceptance speech: ‘Thank you Brit Awards, I wish I was there to accept the award.

‘I want to shout out my UK fans for helping me break out into the world. If it wasn’t for you guys I wouldn’t be standing here right now. Thank you, I love you.

‘To my people in Ethiopia who are suffering, you are deep in my heart – for everyone watching, please help where you can.’

Brit Awards 2021 winners and nominees

British male 

Winner: J Hus

  • AJ Tracey
  • Headie One
  • Joel Corry
  • Youngblud

British female

Winner: Dua Lipa

  • Arlo Parks
  • Celeste
  • Jessie Ware
  • Lianne La Havas

British group

Winner: Little Mix

  • Bicep
  • Biffy Clyro
  • The 1975
  • Young T & Bugsey


Winner: Arlo Parks

  • Bicep
  • Celeste
  • Joel Corry
  • Young T & Bugsey

British album with Mastercard

Winner: Dua Lipa – Future Nostalgia

  • Arlo Parks – Collapsed In Sunbeams
  • Celeste – Not Your Muse
  • J Hus – Big Conspiracy
  • Jessie Ware – What’s Your Pleasure?

International female

Winner: Billie Eilish

  • Ariana Grande
  • Cardi B
  • Miley Cyrus
  • Taylor Swift

International male

Winner: The Weeknd

  • Bruce Springsteen
  • Burna Boy
  • Childish Gambino
  • Tame Impala

International group

Winner: Haim

  • BTS
  • Fontaines D.C.
  • Foo Fighters
  • Run The Jewels

British single with Mastercard

Winner: Watermelon Sugar – Harry Styles

  • Rain – AJ Tracey and Aitch ft Tay Keith.
  • Don’t Need Love – 220 Kid and Gracey
  • Physical – Dua Lipa
  • Head & Heart – Joel Corry ft. MNEK
  • Ain’t It Different – Headie One ft AJ Tracey and Stormzy
  • Lighter – Nathan Dawe ft KSI
  • Secrets – Regard and Raye
  • Rover – S1mba feat DTG
  • Don’t Rush – Young T & Bugsey ft Headie One

Global icon

Winner: Taylor Swift

Rising star

Winner: Griff

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