"Drunk in Love" it ain't — Beyoncé performed her pop-leaning "XO" single at tonight's BRIT Awards in London. Mostly, she stood still and sang, matching the song's energy. Really, the most exciting part of the act was the warning that ran before it: "This performance contains flashing images." Still, she sounded great and looked like a vase, so that's something.
Justin Timberlake performed "Mirrors" from his upcoming 20/20 Experience album at last night's BRIT Awards in London. When that track was released after the Grammy Awards, it seemed like an energizing, skittery return to FutureSex/LoveSounds Justin. In the live context, it was just as dull as his R. Kelly-lite Grammys rendition of "Suit & Tie" and "Pusher Love Girl."
When your country's national musical treasure returns home to London after winning six Grammys and endearing herself to millions of bitter, cynical Americans with a single snort, it is probably in best practice to allow said treasure a fair number of seconds to bask in the moment of winning Album of the Year at her homeland's biggest music awards show. If you don't, said treasure can always flip everyone off on national television.