Little Mix made HISTORY by winning Best British Group at the Brit Awards 2021

Little Mix have made HISTORY.

Jade Thirwall, Leigh-Anne Pinnock and Perrie Edwards have become the first girl group in the history of the Brit Awards to win Best British Group.

The group who have been together for a decade, after being formed on TV talent show The XFactor in 2011, thanked former band member Jesy Nelson in their acceptance speech. Jesy left Little Mix at the end of 2020 due to mental health reasons. Perrie said: “Oh my goodness, guys we have just made history!

“In the hopes we would win the award, we wrote a little speech, two of us have baby brain so we had to write it down.”

Leigh-Anne added: “We have been together for 10 years, it’s been the best years of our lives.

“We’ve been through so much, had so much fun and made so many beautiful memories. We want to start by thanking our incredible fans, of course Jesy, and our amazing team.”

“It’s not easy being a female in the UK pop industry,” Leigh-Anne continued in the powerful speech. “We have seen white male dominance, misogyny, sexism and lack of diversity. We’re proud of how we’ve stuck together, stood our ground, surrounded ourselves with strong women and our now using our voices more than ever.”

The trio also paid tribute to the girl bands who paved the way for them, like the Spice Girls and All Saints.

Jade said: “The fact that a girl band has never won this award really does speak volumes. This award isn’t just for us, it’s for the Spice Girls, Sugababes, All Saints, Girls Aloud, all of the incredible female bands, this one’s for you.”

Their historic win on Tuesday was their third Brit Award, having won best single in 2017 for “Shout Out To My Ex” and best video in 2019 for “Woman Like Me” featuring Nicki Minaj.

Little Mix also found themselves in the firing line as the comedian and host Jack Whitehall, 32 joked about Leigh-Anne and Perrie’s recent pregnancy announcements.

Whitehall referred to the announcements which came within days of each other saying: “These girls are so in sync they can even harmonise their pregnancies.”

While commenting that Jade — the only member of the girl group who is not expecting a baby — by doctoring the lyrics of a viral TikTok sea shanty The Wellerman with Scottish personality Nathan Evans, singing: “Soon may the Little Mix come, babies popping one by one. They still looking they’re having fun, Jade’s drinking for all three.”

Jesy Nelson shared a photo to her Instagram stories from Little Mix’s Brit win with heart and clapping emojis. Which for fans is one of the first public communications Jesy appears to have had with the group since her decision to leave in December.

The 29-year-old has recently been back in the studio and has teased fans with possibility of new solo music.

Candice Farrow

Fashion and lifestyle blogger from North East, England.

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