Arcade Fire win International Group and Album gongs at the Brits

Canadian band dedicate award to David Bowie, The Smiths and New Order

Arcade Fire walked away with two gongs at tonight’s (February 15) Brit Awards 2011.

The Canadian band first scooped the International Album prize for ‘The Suburbs’, beating off competition from Eminem, Kings Of Leon, Cee Lo Green and Katy Perry at the London O2 Arena ceremony.

After accepting the prize from former tennis player Boris Becker, frontman Win Butler referenced their surprise win by asking to speak directly to the TV cameras and telling viewers to “check it [the album] out on Google”.


He went on to thank the British acts who “changed our lives”, including New Order, David Bowie, Culture Club, The Clash, Depeche Mode and The Smiths.

Later on in the ceremony the band collected the prize for International Group from Duran Duran‘s Simon Le Bon and John Taylor, before performing ‘Ready To Start’.

The other International Album nominees were:

Cee Lo Green – ‘The Lady Killer’
Eminem – ‘Recovery’
Katy Perry – ‘Teenage Dream’
Kings Of Leon – ‘Come Around Sundown’

The other International Group nominees were:

The Black Eyed Peas
Kings Of Leon
The Script
Vampire Weekend


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