BRIT’S ROCKED THE HOUSE AT THE 2013 BRIT AWARDS

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LONDON — British music put on a brash show, celebrating a resurgence in British music, whose bands and artists are topping charts around the globe.

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Winners ranged from established acts such as Coldplay and Adele, to world-conquering boy band One Direction, who won in the new Global Success category.
One Direction’s Louis Tomlinson called the prize “absolutely mind-blowing.”

 

 

American artists Frank Ocean and Lana Del Rey were among the non-British winners at a ceremony that embraced the mainstream while rewarding artists with distinctive personalities.

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Surfing English folk singer Ben Howard and chanteuse Emeli Sande each won two awards.
Sande was named best British Female Artist and won the Album of The Year prize for her debut “Our Version of Events,” which has been in the British charts for more than a year. Scotland-raised Sande got a big boost in 2012 when she performed at both the opening and closing ceremonies of the Olympics.

“This is a dream, really,” said Sande, who beat Alt-J, Mumford & Sons, Plan B and Paloma Faith to the album prize. She thanked everyone “who made me feel like I’m part of something much bigger.”
Howard was named British Breakthrough Act and British Male Artist of the Year.

“I’m not very good at speeches,” the 25-year-old singer said, accurately — though he may have to get good at it if his career continues to take off.
Long derided as dull, the Brits have become a lively celebration of “Cool Britannia” music and style, featuring a dinner for hundreds of artists and industry figures, followed by a televised concert and awards show for thousands of paying fans.

Hard rockers Muse opened the show at London’s O2 Arena with a typically robust performance of their song “Supremacy”— all thundering music, dazzling light show and 60-piece orchestra. Other performers ranged from tween-pleasing One Direction to American artists Taylor Swift and Justin Timberlake.

Timberlake, dapper in a tuxedo as he performed “Mirrors,” was described by host James Corden, in a nod to Europe’s horse meat scandal, as “95 per cent beefcake with just a little touch of horse.”

One Direction performed a mashup of post-punk classics “One Way or Another” and “Teenage Kicks,” their single for Britain’s Comic Relief charity.

Mumford & Sons were named Best British Group. The banjo-twanging band topped U.K. and U.S. charts with their second album “Babel,” which was named album of the year at the Grammys earlier this month.
Soul singer Amy Winehouse — who died in July 2011 from accidental alcohol poisoning — was among the other nominees for British female artist, eligible thanks to her posthumous “Lioness: Hidden Treasures” album. Her father, Mitch Winehouse, arrived for the awards ceremony at London’s O2 Arena wearing a waistcoat emblazoned with a picture of his daughter.

Coldplay was named Best British Live Act, beating nominees including The Rolling Stones, who celebrated their 50th anniversary with a series of sold-out shows last year.

Adele won the Best British Single prize for her James Bond theme “Skyfall.” The soulful singer sent a message from Los Angeles, where she is rehearsing for Sunday’s Academy Awards.
There was no repeat of last year, when she was cut-off mid-speech because the show was running late — an incident Corden referred to in mock-embarrassment several times.

The Black Keys were named Best International Group, while Del Rey took the trophy for International Female Solo Artist. The U.S. singer, who began as an Internet sensation, won a breakthrough Brit award last year and on Wednesday thanked Britain for supporting her.

The International Male trophy went to R&B star Frank Ocean, who said it was “definitely a long way from working fast food in New Orleans” — and was the only winner to thank artist Damien Hirst for creating the polka-dot Brit Awards statuette.

Style standouts included Swift, who performed “I Knew You Were Trouble” in a hoop-skirted white number — more wedding cake than wedding dress — that she shed to reveal black undergarments. Jessie J drew attention in a deeply low-cut black dress.

Most of the awards are chosen by more than 1,000 musicians, critics and record industry figures, with several decided by public vote.

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British Breakthrough Act Nominees:
Top 5 selected by Voting Academy. Winner identified by public vote promoted by brits.co.uk and BBC Radio 1

• Ben Howard (Island / Universal Music) WINNERbrit-award-2013-1357814370-custom-0
• Alt-J (Infectious Music)
• Jake Bugg (Mercury / Universal Music)
• Jessie Ware (Island / PMR / Universal Music)
• Rita Ora (Columbia / Roc Nation / Sony Music)

 British Female Solo Artist Nominees:

• Amy Winehouse (Island / Universal Music)
• Bat for Lashes (Parlophone / EMI Music)
• Emeli Sandé (Virgin / EMI Music) —-WINNER brit-award-2013-1357814370-custom-0
• Jessie Ware (Island / PMR / Universal Music)
• Paloma Faith (RCA / Sony Music)

British Group Nominees:
• Alt-J (Infectious Music)
• Mumford & Sons (Gentlemen of The Road / Island / Universal Music)–WINNERbrit-award-2013-1357814370-custom-0
• Muse (Helium 3 / Warner Bros / Warner Music)
• One Direction (Syco / Sony Music)
• The xx (Young Turks / XL / Beggars)

British Live Act Nominees:
• Coldplay (Parlophone / EMI Music)–WINNER-brit-award-2013-1357814370-custom-0
• Mumford & Sons (Gentlemen of The Road / Island / Universal Music)
• Muse (Helium 3 / Warner Bros / Warner Music)
• The Rolling Stones (Polydor / Universal Music)
• The Vaccines (Columbia / Sony Music)

British Male Solo Artist Nominees:
• Ben Howard (Island / Universal Music)–WINNER-brit-award-2013-1357814370-custom-0
• Calvin Harris (Columbia / Sony Music)
• Olly Murs (Epic / Sony Music)
• Richard Hawley (Parlophone / EMI Music)
• Plan B (679 / Atlantic / Warner Music)

BRITs Global Success Award
• One Direction (Syco / Sony Music)-WINNER-brit-award-2013-1357814370-custom-0

British Producer of the Year Nominees:
In association with The MPG Awards Identified by a panel overseen by MPG.
• Damon Albarn
• Jake Gosling
• Paul Epworth–WINNER-brit-award-2013-1357814370-custom-0

Critics’ Choice Award :
In association with War Child Identified by a panel made up of media music critics
• Tom Odell (Columbia / Sony Music) – Winnerbrit-award-2013-1357814370-custom-0
• AlunaGeorge (Island / Universal Music)
• Laura Mvula (RCA / Sony Music)

International Group Nominees:
• Alabama Shakes (Rough Trade / XL / Beggars)
• The Black Keys (Nonesuch / Warner Music)–WINNER-brit-award-2013-1357814370-custom-0
• Fun (Atlantic / Fuelled By Ramen / Warner Music)
• The Killers (Vertigo / Universal Music)
• The Script (Epic / Phonogenic / Sony Music)

International Female Solo Artist Nominees: 
• Alicia Keys (RCA / Sony Music)
• Cat Power (Matador / XL / Beggars)
• Lana Del Rey (Polydor / Universal Music)-WINNER-brit-award-2013-1357814370-custom-0
• Rihanna (Def Jam / Universal Music)
• Taylor Swift (Mercury / Universal Music)

International Male Solo Artist Nominees:
• Bruce Springsteen (Columbia / Sony Music)
• Frank Ocean (Def Jam / Universal Music)-WINNER-brit-award-2013-1357814370-custom-0
• Gotye (Island / Universal Music)
• Jack White (XL Recordings / XL / Beggars)
• Michael Buble (Reprise / Warner Music)

British Single:
Top fifteen British singles based on the biggest sales success in 2012 – With Capital FM and iTunes
• Adele ‘Skyfall’ (XL Recordings / XL / Beggars)-WINNER-brit-award-2013-1357814370-custom-0
• Alex Clare ‘Too Close’ (Island / Universal Music)
• Coldplay & Rihanna ‘Princess of China’ (Parlophone / EMI Music)
• DJ Fresh Ft Rita Ora ‘Hot Right Now’ (Ministry of Sound / Ministry of Sound Group)
• Emeli Sandé ‘Next To Me’ (Virgin / EMI Music)
• Florence & The Machine ‘Spectrum’ (Island / Universal Music)
• James Arthur ‘Impossible’ (Syco Music / Sony Music)
• Jessie J ‘Domino’ (Island / Lava / Universal Music)
• Labrinth Ft Emeli Sandé ‘Beneath Your Beautiful’ (Syco Music / Sony Music)
• Olly Murs Ft Flo Rida ‘Troublemaker’ (Epic / Sony Music)
• Rita Ora Ft Tinie Tempah ‘R.I.P.’ (Columbia / Roc Nation / Sony Music)
• Rizzle Kicks ‘Mama Do The Hump’ (Island / Universal Music)
• Robbie Williams ‘Candy’ (Island / Universal Music)
• Rudimental Ft John Newman ‘Feel The Love’ (Asylum / Black Butter / Warner Music)
• Stooshe ‘Black Heart’ (Future Cut / Qworks / Warner Bros / Warner Music

MasterCard British Album of the Year Nominees:

Supported by The Sun Bizarre Column
• Alt-J ‘An Awesome Wave’ (Infectious Music)
• Emeli Sandé ‘Our Version Of Events’ (Virgin / EMI Music)-WINNER-brit-award-2013-1357814370-custom-0
• Mumford & Sons ‘Babel’ (Gentlemen of The Road / Island / Universal Music)
• Paloma Faith ‘Fall To Grace’ (RCA / Sony Music)
• Plan B ‘Ill Manors’ (679 / Atlantic / Warner Music)

 

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