Coldplay and Ms Dynamite both picked up two awards a few moments ago at this year’s Brits at Earl’s Court Arena in London.
Coldplay picked up Best British Group and Best British Album. When Chris Martin went to pick up the awards he attacked the possibility of war on Iraq saying: “Thanks it’s great. Awards are all essentially nonsense and we’re all going to die when George Bush has his way. But it’s great to go out with a bang.”
Ms Dynamite picked up awards for Best British Female and Best Urban Act. She dedicated her awards to “my mum, my dad, my brother, sister and husband” – surprising everyone as no-one was aware she was married. A spokesman later denied she was married claiming it was a “figure of speech”. She also performed a duet with George Michael of ‘Faith’ via videolink accompanied by a huge choir.
Ms Dynamite performed Streets‘s ‘Rapture’ with Justin Timberlake almost stealing the show as she did last year with ‘Can’t Get You Out Of My Head/Blue Monday’.
Coldplay performed ‘Clocks’ live, Chris Martin had ‘Make Trade Fair’ – a reference to the campaigning charity – written on his hand. While Avril Lavigne performed ‘Sk8r Boi’ with, bizarrely, 20 drummers.
Ms Dynamite and Eminem had led the nominations, with four each, although Eminem received no awards.
Coldplay had been bookies favourites in their two categories of Best Album and Best Group.
In the wake of his NME Awards triple blow, winning three “Worst Of” gongs, Robbie Williams was triumphant in the British Male Solo Artist category – which should cheer him up. Matt Lucas as Charlotte Church and David Walliams as Eminem presented him with the award on video.
Bee Gee Robin Gibb presented the Best Single award to Liberty X saying it was in honour of his recently deceased brother Maurice Gibb who he described as “a great songwriter”.
The winners in full at this year’s Brit Awards are:
BEST BRITISH MALE SOLO: RObbie Williams
BRITISH FEMALE SOLO: Ms Dynamite
BRITISH ALBUM: Coldplay, A Rush Of Blood To The Head
BRITISH GROUP: Coldplay
BRITISH SINGLE: Liberty X, Just A Little
BRITISH URBAN ACT: Ms Dynamite
BRITISH DANCE ACT: Sugababes
BRITISH BREAKTHROUGH ARTIST: Will Young
POP ACT: Blue
INTERNATIONAL MALE SOLO ARTIST: Eminem
INTERNATIONAL FEMALE SOLO ARTIST: Pink
INTERNATIONAL ALBUM:Eminem, The Eminem Show
INTERNATIONAL GROUP:Red Hot Chili Peppers
INTERNATIONAL BREAKTHROUGH ARTIST: Norah Jones
OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO MUSIC: Tom Jones
If there was one thing that characterised this year’s awards it was the number of acceptance speeches by video with Robbie Williams , Norah Jones, [/a] and [a] all neglecting to cross the Atlantic.