There are also triumphs for Justin Timberlake and Busted...

The Darkness have scooped their first ever BRIT AWARD – for BEST BRITISH GROUP.

Former Spandau Ballet man/’EastEnders’ actor Martin Kemp presented the group with the award calling them his “favourite band.”

“It’s a tremendous honour and a great achievement,” frontman Justin Hawkins said on accepting the band’s nod. “We probably are the best British group.”

Justin Timberlake

has also come away an early winner of the Brit Awards, which are currently taking place at London’s Earl’s Court.

The US singer also picked up his first Brit ever, from presenter, for Best International Male.

“Woohoo!,” he said after arriving on stage. “That’s a fancy award. Wow, my first Brit I’m honoured.”

“I toured here last year way too long and I thank you guys for having me and I look forward to what’s in store for the future.”

Busted were also winners,claiming the Best Pop Act award.

The Black Eyed Peas

opened the show with their hit ‘Shut Up’.

Also appearing later this evening are OutKast and Beyonce, who will do a ‘Hey Ya’/’Crazy In Love’ mix, and [a][/a], who will close the show.