David Bowie's Brit Awards 2014 triumph over pop's promising youth was well deserved – he still exemplifies everything that can make pop music great, says Neil McCormick
The Old White Duke still has it. David Bowie won best British Male at the Brit Awards 2014, a triumph that somehow both celebrated and mocked the contemporary hit parade. Bowie exemplifies everything that can make pop music great: artistic daring, intellectual brilliance, sexual allure, emotional punch, impeccable coolness and crowd-pleasing appeal, wrapped up in the shape-shifting form of an outsider genius. Yet he’s also a 67-year-old semi-retiree who has stage-managed his chart-topping comeback with The Next Day, his first album in 10 years, without once performing or even appearing in public.
Bowie last won the British Male award half a lifetime ago, in 1984, when this music industry ceremony was still called the BPI Awards. Thirty years on, he became the oldest ever winner of a Brit. All the young dudes risk being overshadowed by a man who has been making cutting edge pop since before most of them were born.