Little Mix pay tribute to Jesy as they make history at BRIT Awards
The group thanked their former band-member and gave a shoutout to the iconic girlbands that came before them.
Little Mix made history last night by becoming the first all-female band to win Best British Group at the BRIT Awards.
Leigh-Anne Pinnock, Jade Thirwall and Perrie Edwards looked flawless in white as they took to the stage to accept their prize.
In their speech, they gave a special mention to Jesy Nelson, who left the girl group in December 2020.
"Oh my goodness," said Perrie. "Guys, we have just made history!"
Perrie added that the group prepared a speech in the hopes that they would win, adding that as two of them have "baby brains" they had to write it down.
"We have been together for ten years," Leigh-Anne said. "It's been the best years of our life. We've gone through so much. We've had so much fun, made so many beautiful memories.
"We want to start by thanking our incredible fans, of course Jesy, and our amazing team." @LittleMix pick up the British Group Award and there isn't a dry eye left on the planet #BRITs
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"We want to start by thanking our incredible fans, of course Jesy, and our amazing team."
When Jesy's name was mentioned, an supportive cheer from fans could be heard.
Leigh-Anne continued to thank their management, promo teams, writers and producers.
She went on to say: "It's not easy being a female in the UK pop industry. We have seen white male dominance, misogyny, sexism and lack of diversity.
"We are proud of how we have stuck together, stood our ground and surrounded ourselves with strong women and are now using our voices more than ever."
Jade then acknowledged the significance of their win.
"The fact that a girl band has never won this award really does speak volumes. So this award isn't just for us. It's for the Spice Girls, Sugababes, Girls Aloud, all of the incredible female bands, this one's for you."
Little Mix have come a long way since their X-Factor debut in 2011. With sell-out tours and record-breaking albums, the group has firmly established themselves as one of the best-selling girl groups in pop music history.
Their latest accolade comes just days after Perrie Edwards and Leigh-Anne Pinnock announced that they were pregnant in two stunning photoshoots.