while much can be said for the annual flag-waving and chest-puffing of the Brit Awards, it just doesn't do it for me anymore.
quite why i felt any excitement, pre-awards, this year, i'm not entirely certain.
i think part of it may have been down to the guessing game, invented last year, of 'match wHe0wfo9wartist to the award they will win'
Coldplay's opening set was traded in for a Best Band Award, with similar accolades going to Bruno Mars, Rihanna, and of course Ed Sheeran and Adele.
but sadly, the reality of the Brit Awards was that it just wasn't as exciting as the pancakes being flipped in my kitchen, and that is a damn shame, considering this should be our chance to fly the flag for the UK and revel in the momentous spectacle of it.
instead we got a handful of 'shocking' moments to be blown out of proportion by twitter and the media.
'OMG! James Corden interupted Adele'
'OMG! Adele flipped the bird'
'OMG! Blur sound rubbish'
and yet no-one is calling out the largest embarresment in this years Brit awards.
no, not One Direction laying claim to having the Best British Single, but the Brit Award itself!
while last years statuette, designed by Viviene Westwood, was a very understated and graceful redesign, seeming to drape the figure in patriotic red, white and blue, for the 2012 ceremony, Sir Peter Blake, yes, he of Sergeant Pepper cover fame, decided to produce a far brighter overhaul, daubing the primary colours boldly as he went, which may have worked fine, if only he had held back and not felt the need to spell out the word BRIT in large descending block-capital letters, presumably just incase anyone was unaccustomed to the long established and recognisable trophy.
so while Ed Sheeran may be immensely proud of his first Brits win, scooping Best British Male and best British Newcomer, i dare say that they will both be pushed to the very back of his trophy cabinet.