‘Which one’s Belle?’

Lots of Robbie (yawn) but credibility-grabbing award for Glasgow indie saviours...

Belle & Sebastian caused a storm at last night’s Brit Awards when they walked off with the British newcomer award beating pop bands like Steps and 5ive as well as favourites Gomez who took a Mercury Prize last year for their debut album.

The award was voted for by listeners to Radio 1, although B&S – far from being newcomers – had already released their third album by the end of 1998. The award was accepted by B&S drummer Richard Colburn and trumpet player Mick Cooke (pictured).

Predictably, the Manic Street Preachers seized the Best British Band award and the Best Album award for ‘This Is My Truth…’ beating off Massive Attack, Catatonia and Robbie Williams while Norman Cook (aka Fatboy Slim aka the impending Mr Zoe Ball) picked up Best Dance Act leaving Robbie Williams with three awards.

Beck seized Best International Male while The Corrs picked up Best International Group and Des’ree won Best British Female artist. Natalie Imbruglia won Best International Artist and Best International Newcomer.

There was some confusion over the B&S award with reporters from the mainstrea,m press being overheard asking “Who?” and “Which one’s Belle and which one is Sebastian“?

The Eurythmics received their award for Outstanding Contribution To British Music from Stevie Wonder. The Freddie Mercury Award was given to Jubilee 2000, the group campaigning for Western banks to cancel third world debt. Muhammed Ali accepted the award, which was presented by Bono.

The awards were short on Cocker-style arse-waggling incidents and the most savage indictment of the government came from Boy George who had a go at the government’s complacent attitude to genetically modified food.

“Tony Blair, stop messing about with the vegetables, please,” he said.

Tony Blair was not observed messing with Boy George for the duration of the awards.

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