Natasha Khan, aka Bat For Lashes, turning up at the Brits. Sadly she went home empty-handed. 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
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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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.