The Brit Awards is the national music industry's biggest night, when huge stars perform and pick up prizes for their songs and albums - and this year marked a return to having an audience at the ceremony.

There were plenty of highlights - Coldplay got the proceedings under way outside London's O2 Arena by playing their new song Higher Power from a pontoon on the River Thames alongside a number of hologram figures.

Taylor Swift collected the Global Icon award, Little Mix became the first female act to win the best best British group prize, Years And Years frontman Olly Alexander and Sir Elton John delivered a version of the Pet Shop Boys’ 1980s hit It’s A Sin and Dua Lipa called for a pay rise for NHS staff in her acceptance speech.

Lee Michael thought that Coldplay's opening was 'everything we’ve been waiting for for over a year - live music', while there were plenty of amusing remarks from those unfamiliar with today's pop scene.

Sheena Watts said: "Turned on to the #BRITAwards and aged about 50 years."

And Rich Upton said: "This is the Brit awards where I realise I'm old now. Happens to everyone in the end."

Kath made a cute comment about Little Mix's win: "Leigh-Anne and Perrie's babies can say they were on the stage when the first ever girl group accepted their Brit Award in best group category."

Several Twitter users said the same thing about Olly Alexander and Elton John's appearance - relating to Elton's singing in particular.

"I do like this one, It’s a Sin," said Greg. "Elton is doing his Vic Reeves club singing again though."

Paddy Sisyphus said: "Olly Alexander and Elton John collaborating for It's A Sin is right up my street, but alas, Elton once again insists on a club singer delivery."

However, Ariadne Griffin clearly thought it was perfect, saying: "I will be watching that Olly Alexander performance on repeat for the next week. Cancel all my meetings."

The Weeknd - named best international male solo artist - gave a pre-recorded performance of his hit Save Your Tears, and a few individuals found his chosen outfit of a hooded raincoat amusing.

Conor said: "Nice to see the Weeknd dressed for May in Britain."

Millwoods joked: "Obviously Paddington Bear fashion is popular in the US."

And ANASTAZIA commented: "Not The Weeknd accepting his award as if he just got off the Tidal Wave ride at Thorpe Park."

Meanwhile Sheer Music reckoned that Harry Styles was wearing their "grandparents curtains right out of the 70s", while the singer-songwriter Badly Drawn Boy, nominated for Brit Awards in the 2000s, quipped: "Can’t tell you how much I appreciate the years when I’m not nominated for best male artist. I can relax and watch it on tv like everyone else. 2003 was unbearable."

A live audience of 4,000 people attended this year's event at the O2 - 2,500 tickets went to frontline workers and their guests, allocated via a ballot.