Kylie Minogue won the Brit Award for Best International Solo Female Artist. She was also up for Best International Album and was awarded an OBE in the New Year’s Honours List this year.
Sir Paul McCartney was the official King of the Brits in 2008. The Beatle received an Outstanding Contribution To Music Award from Kylie Minogue and played the ceremony out in style with a rousing collection of just some his greatest hits. Pic: PA Photos
The White Stripes were nominated for Best International Group at this year’s awards, only to be pipped at the post by Foo Fighters. The band scrapped their UK tour in late 2007 because drummer Meg was suffering from nervous exhaustion.
Pic: Dean Chalkey
Kings Of Leon were up for two awards this year: Best International Group (losing out to Foo Fighters) and Best International Album for 2007’s ‘Because Of The Times’.
Foo Fighters won Best International Group this year: Dave Grohl explained via satellite that he had been in a band for ages and was glad to win "at last".
Bat For Lashes was nominated for the Brits for Best Female Solo Artist (won by Kate Nash) and Breakthrough Act (losing out to winner Mika). BFL, aka Natasha Khan, grew up travelling the world with her Pakistani father, who was coach for the national squash team, although she says she no longer speaks to that side of her family.
The Eagles returned with their first album for 18 years in 2007 and were honoured with Brit nominations for Best International Group and Best International Album, losing out in both to Dave Grohl’s all-conquering Foo Fighters. Pic: PA Photos
Arcade Fire lost out in Best International Group to the Foos. They were also up for Best International Album for ‘Neon Bible’ at last night’s boozy ceremony. Pic: James Quinton
Rihanna’s ‘Umbrella’ single was everywhere in 2007 – now the Brits voting panel have nominated her for Best International Female Solo Artist – although Kylie eventually took the prize on the night. Keep an eye out for her Brits performance with Klaxons. Pic: PA Photos
Feist lost out in Best International Female Artist to Kylie Minogue. Leslie Feist has already triumphed at the Canadian equivalent of the Brits, the Juno Awards.
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Bjork is a regular on the Brit Awards nominations list, winning Best International Female Solo Act in 1994, 1996 and 1998 and Breakthrough Act in 1994. This year however, there were no awards for her.
Alicia Keys was nominated for Best International Solo Act. She has won numerous awards, including nine Grammys, 11 Billboard Music Awards, and three American Music Awards. Pic: PA Photos
Timbaland was nominated as best International Male Solo Artist at the Brits. His 2007 single ‘Apologize’ became the biggest Top 40 radio hit of all time. The song bested Nelly Furtado’s hit ‘Promiscuous’ of two summers ago. At its 2006 peak, the Furtado single was spun 10,306 times in a single seven-day period, a record which Timbaland topped by 25 spins.
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Best International Male Solo Artist nominee Rufus Wainwright declared in 2007, "My plan was to be the biggest pop star possible, then walk dramatically way to the hinterlands of classical music. But I will continue with pop because, er, I do love young people. If I quit I would miss the tight skin. Nah-ha-ha." Pic: PA Photos
2007 was a rollercoaster ride of a year for Kanye West, with his album soundly thrashing 50 Cent in the charts and his mother dying. There aren’t many who would object to his International Male Solo Artist victory at The Brits. Pic: James Quinton
Bruce Springsteen reclaimed the Number One spot on the US Billboard charts in October 2007, bumping Kid Rock to the Number Two position. His album ‘Magic’ outsold the rapper by just a few hundred copies. The Boss was nominated for International Male Solo Artist at the Brit Awards.
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The Hoosiers were nominated for Best British Single for ‘Worried About Ray’. ‘Hoosier’ is the name for a native of Indiana – singer Irwin Sparks and bassist Martin Skarendahl both won a football scholarship to the University of Indianapolis before the band kicked off.
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Despite Muse’s massive success, they had unlikely beginnings. The fourteen year old Matt Bellamy, then in his first band Rocket Baby Dolls, probably had no idea he’d be nominated for the Brit for Best Live Act when he trashed his equipment onstage at a Battle Of The Bands contest in Devon.
Klaxons were up for British Breakthrough Act and Best Live Act. Fans can see them perform live at NME’s Big Gig this month (February 2008) alongside Bloc Party, Kaiser Chiefs, The Cribs and Manic Street Preachers. Get tickets at NME.COM/BigGig now! Pic: Tom Oxley
Take That won the Brits for Best Live Act and Best British Single. A figure rumoured to be around Ã
Girls Aloud have been named by Guinness World Records as the most successful reality TV group ever, after their win on ‘Popstars: The Rivals’ in 2002 saw them go on to bag 17 consecutive Top Ten singles. They were nominated for Best British Group at the 2008 Brits. Pic: PA Photos
Kaiser Chiefs cleaned up at the Brits in 2006, winning Best British Rock Act, Best British Live Act, and Best British Group. This year the Leeds lads performed single ‘Ruby’ live at he ceremony amidst 6-foot skyscrapers and radio-controlled helicopters on stage.
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Editors were nominated for Best British Group, losing out to Arctic Monkeys. The band weren’t always called Editors, they were known as The Pride and then Snowfield before settling on the name. Pic: PA Photos
Leona Lewis was up for the Brits for Best British Female Solo Artist, Best British Single, British Breakthrough Act and Best British Album for ‘Spirit’. ‘Spirit’ is the fastest-selling debut ever in the UK. Not bad for a former Pizza Hut employee that used to cover Mariah Carey songs.
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KT Tunstall was nominated for Best British Female Solo Artist this year. KT loves covering other artists. Songs that have undergone the Tunster transformation are ‘Get Ur Freak On’, ‘My Doorbell’, and Radiohead’s ‘Fake Plastic Trees’, which is available as a B-side.
Mark Ronson won the British Male Solo artist award and was nominated for the gongs for Best British Album and Best Single. Ronson’s stepfather is Mick Jones, guitarist for poodle-permed soft-rockers Foreigner, who were responsible for ‘I Want To Know What Love Is’ and ‘Cold As Ice’. Ronson performed with Amy Winehouse at the ceremony. Pic: PA Photos
The Brits almost catches up with the Brats one year later – 22 year-old Jamie T won Best Solo Artist at the 2007 Shockwaves NME Awards. He was nominated for Best British Male Solo Artist at the 2008 Brits, losing out to Mika. Last night’s ceremony at Earls Court was hosted by Ozzy, Kelly, Jack and Sharon Osbourne. Pic: Tom Oxley
Mika won Breakthrough Act at the Brits this year, whilst also being nominated for British Male Solo Artist, Best British Album, Best British Single – a far cry from his days writing in-flight music for British Airways and jingles for chewing gum ads. Pic: PA Photos
Sheffield’s Arctic Monkeys won Best British Group and Best British Album, appearing at the ceremony for the first time in tweed hunting gear and having their comedic acceptance speech (with super-producer James Ford joining them on stage) cut short. Pic: Dean Chalkey
PJ Harvey was nominated for the award for Best British Female Solo Artist at the 2008 Brit Awards. Polly Jean’s career kicked off all the way back in 1991, and a year later she appeared topless on the cover of NME.
Kate Nash won Best Female Solo Artist and was also up for British Breakthrough Act (losing out to Mika) at last night’s Brit Awards. Kate Nash yesterday (February 20) announced that she would be heading up the inaugural NME Awards Tour USA in 2008, find out more at NME.COM/USA.
It was the Brit Awards 2008 last night in London, UK: read all about it in this special edition photo gallery. Pictured here is Richard Hawley, nominated for Best British Male Solo Artist (but losing out to winner Mark Ronson – who declared his victory to be "the highest honour"). Pic: Danny North