Blur make live comeback and pick up Outstanding Contribution To Music gong at Brit Awards

Adele and Ed Sheeran among the big winners at London O2 Arena ceremony

Blur make live comeback and pick up Outstanding Contribution To Music gong at Brit Awards

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Blur closed the Brit Awards with a triumphant five-song set at London's O2 Arena tonight (February 21)

The Britpop legends picked up this year's Outstanding Contribution To Music award before kicking off their set - the longest show-closer in the history of the awards - with 'Girls & Boys'.

After moving on to an energetic 'Song 2', they were then joined by comic Phil Daniels for 'Parklife', played 'Tender' with a 32-piece gospel choir and closed their set with 'This Is A Low'

"The last time we were here was 17 years ago and what happened on that night had a very profound effect on our lives," frontman Damon Albarn told the crowd after collecting their gong, before going on to thank a lengthy list of people from their label and management team. "Right that's it. Thanks very much for putting up with this."

Earlier today, the band announced they will headline a special Olympic closing ceremony gig at Hyde Park on August 12. To read an exclusive interview with Blur, where they discuss the possibility of recording a new album and their plans beyond this summer, pick up the new issue of NME, which is on UK newsstands and available digitally from tomorrow (February 22).

Earlier in the evening, Adele proved the biggest winner, scooping the British Female Solo Artist and Mastercard Album Of The Year prizes, along with making her UK live return with a performance of 'Rolling In The Deep'. "I'm so proud to be British," she told the crowd after being presented with the latter award by George Michael. However, her acceptance speech was cut short by James Corden in to allow Blur to kick-off their show-closing set.

Ed Sheeran also bagged a brace of awards, walking away with British Male Solo Artist and British Breakthrough Act and also performed his track 'Lego House'.

Lana Del Rey later made an emotional speech after accepting the International Breakthrough Act gong. "This award means much more to me than you know, without the support of everyone in this room and everyone in the UK I'd be lost, so thank you," she said.

Elsewhere, One Direction won British Single for 'What Makes You Beautiful', while Rihanna (International Female Solo Artist), Foo Fighters (International Band) and Emeli Sande (Critics' Choice Award) were also victorious.

Coldplay opened the show with a performance of 'Charlie Brown', before walking away with the British Group gong, their seventh career Brit. Their frontman Chris Martin later joined Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds as they performed 'AKA… What A Life!'.

Other performers on the night included Florence And The Machine, who played 'No Light, No Light', Rihanna and Bruno Mars - recipient of the International Male Solo Artist award.

Meanwhile, there were also video tributes to Amy Winehouse and Whitney Houston.

The full list of winners was as follows:

British Female Solo Artist
Adele

International Male Solo Artist
Bruno Mars

British Single
One Direction - 'What Makes You Beautiful'

International Female Solo Artist
Rihanna

British Male Solo Artist
Ed Sheeran

British Group
Coldplay

International Group
Foo Fighters

British Breakthrough Act
Ed Sheeran

International Breakthrough Act
Lana Del Rey

Mastercard British Album Of The Year
Adele - '21'

Critics' Choice Award
Emeli Sande

British Producer
Paul Epworth

Outstanding Contribution To Music
Blur

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