UK’s BRIT Awards slammed as celebration of bland

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Pop group Mumford & Sons performs during the BRIT Awards at the O2 Arena in LondonLONDON (Reuters) – "Sensible" and "sober" are words not normally associated with rock and roll, but they summed up how music critics viewed Wednesday night's BRIT Awards ceremony at the London O2 Arena. Viewing figures for commercial broadcaster ITV1, which aired British pop's biggest night live, were the highest for a decade, so organizers, advertisers and the acts who performed were unlikely to care too much about what experts thought. Gordon Smart, showbusiness editor at the Sun tabloid, summed up the mood, writing: "Well, rock'n'roll is officially dead. …

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