Our sincerest thanks to the pop star for bringing one fleeting moment of edge to a very boring awards show.
It's tempting to move on from 2016 as soon as possible. But before we do, let's hand out the awards for the best political moments of the year.
It's been a difficult year, but there were still a few reasons to smile.
The six months since the EU referendum have exposed the hollowness of the Brexiteers.
Populists must be denied the audience they relish.
Remainers are paralysed by fear of leaving the EU. But it offers huge opportunities for change, on both left and right.
Getting locked out on the coldest night of the year lead Laurie Penny to an unexpected encounter with two Brexiteers.
Both Ukip and the Liberal Democrats could thrive through their unambiguous positions.
The party held Copeland by just 2,564 votes in 2015.
Democracy is the will of the people but what if the people have little clue as to what they are doing?
Theresa May's actions to date do not match her early rhetoric.
Across the political spectrum, the New Statesman introduces you to the personalities who shape our world. Where else would you find Jeremy Corbyn, Tony Blair and Theresa May in the same place?