Coldplay, Ben Howard, Emeli Sande, The Black Keys and Adele also score gongs at the ceremony in London
Mumford & Sons scored the award for Best British Group, beating Muse, The xx and One Direction as well as Alt-J to receive the coveted gong. Alt-J – pictured below – however revealed that they will be playing this year’s Glastonbury Festival to host James Corden. Scroll down for a full list of winners.
Emeli Sandé’s ‘Our Version of Events’ was named Album of the Year. The singer was also named Best British Female and she was presented her award – this year designed by Damien Hirst – by Taylor Swift.
Ben Howard was named Best British Male beating Plan B, Richard Hawley, Calvin Harris and Olly Murs. Murs went on to tweet: “I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t gutted!! Big up to Ben Howard!! Well done.” Howard also scored the award for British Breakthrough over the likes of fellow nominees Alt-J and Jake Bugg.
Best International Female was Lana Del Rey. “I lived here and I love it here and I wrote my record here and I’m honoured,” said the US singer songwriter on receiving her award. She also thanked her management for helping to turn her life into a “work of art”.
Frank Ocean was named Best International Male. “Before this year I didn’t get many trophies in my life,” said the US singer – who recently won a Grammy Award for Best Urban Contemporary Album for ‘Channel Orange’. “I’m definitely a long way from working fast food in New Orleans,” he added.
The award for Best International Group was given by Dave Grohl to The Black Keys. Grohl accepted it on their behalf, saying: “Long live rock and roll.”
Adele‘s Bond theme ‘Skyfall’ was named Best British Single. In her video acceptance speech, she joked about not wanting to interrupt the Best Album speech, in reference to her own speech for ’21’ being cut off last year. She also commented on the fact that she’s currently in Los Angeles, saying: “I’m not living here, in case any of you think that. I’m coming home!”
Coldplay won their eighth Brit Award for Best Live Act, beating Mumford & Sons, Muse, The Vaccines and The Rolling Stones whilst Damon Albarn picked up the Special Recognition award for charity War Child.
Muse opened the evening’s show with a pyrotechnics heavy performance of ‘Supremacy’, for which they were backed by a 75-piece orchestra.
The awards, which were hosted by comedian James Corden – who during the evening referred to Simon Cowell as a “beautiful bastard” – also saw performances from Robbie Williams and a dapper Justin Timberlake, who played his new song ‘Mirrors’.
One Direction played their Comic Relief single, a mash-up of Blondie’s ‘One Way Or Another’ and ‘Teenage Kicks’ by The Undertones, whilst Taylor Swift and double award winner Ben Howard also performed live.
The Brit Awards 2013 winners are:
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Best British Group
Mumford & Sons
Best British Album
Emeli Sandé ‘Our Version of Events’
Best British Single
Best British Female
British British Male
Best Live Act
Best International Group
The Black Keys
Best International Male
Best International Female
Lana Del Rey
See below for the best of the Twitter action from this year’s Brit Awards.