“We wanted to congratulate them": One Direction disappointed after Mumford & Sons snub them at Brits
They're two of the biggest groups in the world right now but I doubt One Direction will want to be on the same bill as Mumford & Sons again any time soon. The bands fell out when the folk rockers snubbed the 1D boys backstage at the Brits on Wednesday. 1D took home the Global Success gong, pipping Mumford, but lost out to the West Londoners in the Best British Group award. But apparently, losing to 1D riled Mumford, who snubbed the boys when they tried to show no hard feelings.
How could ANYBODY be horrible to One Direction?
I’m told there was ill-feeling towards Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson, Liam Payne, Niall Horan and Zayn Malik after they scooped the new global gong, which was introduced to recognise UK acts with big sales overseas. The category had been contested by the two bands and Adele, who enjoyed huge sales in the US in the past 12 months. But 1D, who are currently No.1 in the midweek charts, had higher figures. The X Factor alumni then went backstage at the O2 and attempted to celebrate with their rivals but the rockers snubbed them.
A source says: “The bands were passing in the corridor and 1D made an attempt to chat to them and say there were no hard feelings about them both winning different categories. "But Mumford were having none of it. They didn’t want to know. It was really awkward and everyone noticed.” None more so than 1D themselves. “It was disappointing,” Louis, 21, told me at Sony’s brilliant £150,000 afterparty at Dover Street Arts Club, where the stars partied til dawn after a lacklustre Brits ceremony. “Mumford’s reaction was disappointing. We’re really big fans and wanted to congratulate them. It was a shame.”
Even when Mumford collected their gong, they had a pop at 1D, with lead singer Marcus, 26, saying: “We weren’t really expecting that. "I mean, we’re in a category with Muse. And One Direction.” Cue titters. Earlier, Harry, 19, had been nothing but complimentary about their rivals, saying he expected them to scoop the Best British Group prize. He said: “Mumford have had an unbelievable year. I think they’re probably going to win.” See, Mumford? That’s how to be gracious in defeat. Simple.