FRANZ DOUBLE JOY AT BRITS

But Scissor Sisters are biggest winners of the night taking three...

FRANZ FERDINAND walked away with two BRIT AWARDS at tonight’s ceremony (February 9) – winning BEST ROCK ACT and BEST BRITISH BAND.

However, they weren’t big the biggest winners. Scissor Sisters, who kicked the show off in typically flamboyant fashion performing ‘Take Your Mama’ (their set was designed by the Muppet-show creators), won three awards for Best International Act, Best International

Newcomer and Best International Album. Frontman Jake Shears thanked the British people “for embracing us and giving us the best year of our lives”.

Franz Ferdinand, who were nominated for five Brits, dedicated their Best British Band gong to the late John Peel. He added, referencing fellow Scots The Proclaimers: “It’s a long way

from Glasgow to the Brits, but we would walk 500 miles and we would walk 500 more to pick up our Brit Awards.” They were one of three acts to won a pair of awards at the show in London’s Earl’s Court.

Keane took Best Breakthrough Act plus one of the biggest prizes of the night – Best Album – for ‘Hopes & Fears’. And teenage star Joss Stone also snaffled a pair, taking home Best Urban Act and Best British Female.

Other winners on the night included Robbie Williams, whose ‘Angels’ was voted the best British song of the past 25 years of the Brit Awards. He performed the track with Joss Stone earlier in the evening.

‘Little Britain’ comedy duo

Matt Lucas and David Walliams presented Williams with the prize dressed as his former Take

That colleagues Gary Barlow and Howard Donald. It was Williams fifteenth Brit Award.

Meanwhile, Muse took the Best British Live Act award and The

Streets star Mike Skinner did not take to the stage to collect his Best British Male gong, despite performing earlier in the show.

Gwen Stefani won Best

International Female, Eminem was Best International Male and Will Young won Best British Single for ‘Your Game’.

McFly were voted Best Pop Act and veteran Bob Geldof was the winner of the annual prize for Outstanding Contribution To Music.

Other performers included Green

Day, Keane, Snoop Dogg & Pharrell, Daniel and his sister Natasha Bedingfield and

Franz Ferdinand.