Mark Ronson duetted with Adele, Daniel Merriweather and Amy Winehouse (on ‘Valerie’), in her first public performance since leaving rehab. Pic: PA Photos
Kylie scooped the Best International Female award, and received the statue from ‘Doctor Who’ man David Tennant. "Girls, I know you’re all extremely jealous right now," she said, referring to being close to him. Pic: PA Photos
Leona Lewis performed ‘Bleeding Love’ at the Brits last night, but failed to pick up any awards. Pic: PA Photos
Mika bagged the British Breakthrough Act ahead of Leona Lewis,
Klaxons, Kate Nash, and Bat For Lashes. He received the award from
Jonathan Rhys Meyers who, according to Sharon, "needs a really good
licking and I’m the one to do it". He thanked his mafia.
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Editors were nominated for Best British Group, but went home empty-handed. Pic: PA Photos
Kaiser Chiefs and Klaxons turn up for the Brits, neither group showing any nerves over their impending performances. Pic: PA Photos
Klaxons onstage with Rihanna, where they performed a hybrid of their respective hit songs ‘Golden Skans’ and ‘Umbrella’, although audience members later complained they could barely hear the new rave group’s contribution. Pic: PA Photos
Beth Ditto joined Mika, winner of British Breakthrough Act, for a performance of ‘Standing In The Way Of Control’ during his opening medley. Pic: PA Photos
Natasha Khan, aka Bat For Lashes, turning up at the Brits. Sadly she went home empty-handed. Pic: PA Photos
Rihanna missed out on any awards, but performed a spectacular ‘Umbrella’/’Golden Skans’ mash-up at the Brits. Pic: PA Photos
Newton Faulkner, Jamie T, Richard Hawley, Mark Ronson and Mika were up for Best British Male. After a few messed-up words from Sharon and
Kelly, Beth Ditto presented the award to Mark Ronson. "I’ve never
felt so British or male in my life," he said. Pic: PA Photos
The Critic’s Choice Award – announced at the "Brits lunch" according
to Sharon in the first of a series of gaffes â
Take That won the first award of the night, Best British Live Act, and
thanked their truck drivers. "I still try and dance, 37 years old,
I’ve got an arthritic knee." Jason Orange announced, "We appear before
you bruised and battered but we just want to say we’re dead chuffed."
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Sir Paul McCartney was presented with an award for Outstanding Contribution To Music at the Brit Awards, where he played â
Arctic Monkeys turned up in full hunting gear before picking up Best British Album and Best British Band, two awards they won last year also. Their speech, which mocked the Brits school that spawned many of the ceremony’s winners, was faded out. Pic: PA Photos
Girls Aloud arrive at the Brits. Cheryl Cole was heard shouting â
Sharon, Ozzy and Kelly Osbourne, hosts of the Brits. They presided over proceedings from big thrones. Pic: PA Photos
Beth Ditto brought some indie cool to the Brit Awards, despite her collaboration with Mika. Pic: PA Photos
James Nesbitt told the crowd that Manchester United were losing before revealing the nominees for Best British Female Artist. Star of the forthcoming NME Awards USA tour, Kate Nash came out on top of a
category that also included Bat For Lashes, PJ Harvey, Leona Lewis,
and KT Tunstall on the shortlist.
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Jamie T was nominated for Best Male Solo Artist, but lost out to Mark Ronson. Pic: PA Photos
After joining the stage with Mark Ronson, Amy Winehouse performed ‘Love Is A Losing Game’ alone. Pic: PA Photos
In his acceptance speech for Best International Album, Dave
Grohl said â
Best International Male went to Kanye West, who didn’t turn up, but
left a video message admitting that humbleness and humility didn’t
work for him, and thanked his label people.
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The 2008 Brits was hailed as a victory for pop, but it wasn’t without its indie heroes. The British Album award was awarded to Arctic Monkeys (again â
Kaiser Chief Ricky Wilson meets the legendary Paul McCartney. The rhyming inscription on the guitar, from Paul to Ricky, reads: "Cheers Ricky my dear, Paul McCartney was here."
Paul McCartney backstage at the Brit Awards with The Gossip’s Beth Ditto. Earlier that evening McCartney collected an Outstanding Contribution To Music award and played a selection of his greatest hits to a packed audience in London.
Is a Kaiser Chiefs/Paul McCartney collaboration on the cards? Judging by their enthusiastic meeting backstage at the 2008 Brit Awards the two musicians got on particularly well.