Adele, Ed Sheeran win at Brit Awards
Soulful songstress Adele capped a momentous year of Grammy Awards triumph and medical woes with a double win at the UK's Brit music awards. Teen-friendly English troubadour Ed Sheeran also won two trophies.music Updated: Feb 22, 2012 13:17 IST
Tousle-haired singer-songwriter Sheeran won prizes for solo artist and British breakthrough act.
The red-headed 21-year-old has been panned as bland by some critics, but has amassed legions of young fans through online releases and a relentless calendar of shows.
Long derided as dull, the Brits have become a lively celebration of UK music and style — and this year's awards come with British music riding high around the world.
"I'm so, so proud to be British and to be flying our flag," said Adele, who has the century's best-selling album so far.
Tuesday's event — which kicked off with Coldplay performing Charlie Brown and included live turns from Sheeran, Florence and the Machine, Noel Gallagher, Bruno Mars and Rihanna — brought out a host of stars who blended rock 'n' roll attitude and fashion finery.
Blur frontman Damon Albarn dressed down for the red carpet in jeans and a flat cap, and former Oasis guitarist Gallagher wore a leather jacket. But others struck a snazzier note. Actor Ray Winstone arrived in a pinstriped three-piece suit, complete with watch chain.
Style standouts included Minogue, in a strapless sky blue dress; plump-lipped Internet sensation Lana Del Rey, wearing a floor-length red gown; and Florence and the Machine's Florence Welch, in a lacy peach dress by Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen.
Coldplay won their fourth best British group trophy, while Foo Fighters were voted best international group.
Bruno Mars took the prize for international male solo artist, and Rihanna won the international female prize for a second year.
The Barbadian singer, who has often been in the news for non-musical reasons since her then-boyfriend Chris Brown attacked her at a pre-Grammy Awards party in 2009, thanked her fans. "At times when I feel misunderstood, my fans always remind me that it's OK to be myself," she said.
Lana Del Rey appeared moved to be named international breakthrough act.
"This award means much more to me than you know," said the singer, who has gone from Internet-fueled buzz to backlash in record time after a disastrous performance last month on Saturday Night Live.
Britpop icons Blur received a special prize for their contribution to music.
The four original members — Albarn, Graham Coxon, Alex James and Dave Rowntree — performed together for the first time since a series of concerts in 2009, offering versions of 1990s hits including Girls & Boys and Parklife.
Most of the awards are chosen by more than 1,000 musicians, critics and record industry figures, with several decided by public vote.