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
Winner: J Hus
Winner: Dua Lipa
Lianne La Havas
Winner: Little Mix
Young T & Bugsey
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?
Winner: Billie Eilish
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
Winner: Taylor Swift
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