Perrie Edwards, Jade Thirlwall and Leigh-Anne Pinnock of Little Mix posed in the media room during The BRIT Awards 2021 at The O2 Arena on Tuesday. The band won best British group at the ceremony, making history as the first all-female group to do so.

In their acceptance speech, they thanked their former bandmate, Jesy Nelson, who left the band earlier this year. They also drew attention to issues that women musicians face in the music industry, misogyny, sexism and lack of diversity. The also shouted out all of the female groups who came before them.

The show welcomed a crowd of 4,000 people, one fifth of the venue’s capacity. The BRIT awards said the show was the “first major indoor music event to welcome back a live audience – a pivotal moment in the return of live music at scale.”

Surprisingly, audience members were not required to be socially distanced or wear a face covering.

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