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Take That, Killers take home Brit awards

Arctic Monkeys and Killers top Brit awards as Take That completes its comback.

india Updated: Feb 16, 2007 14:16 IST

The Arctic Monkeys led the field on Wednesday with two awards at the Brits, the annual British pop music awards ceremony, while reformed boy band Take That emphatically completed their comeback by winning one of their own.

The awards, organised by the British Phonographic Industry, were a disappointment for pop singer Lily Allen, however, as she finished the night without a single award despite having been nominated in four categories.

British fourpiece rock band Arctic Monkeys, meanwhile, were named Best British Group and their album "Whatever people say I am, that's what I'm not" won the Best British Album award.

Their album broke the record for the largest first week sales of a debut album in British history, on the back of Internet file-sharing of their songs between fans.

The Killers took home two awards as well, winning the Best International Group award and their album "Sam's Town" won the Best International Album gong.

Amy Winehose took home the Best British Female award, turning up to the ceremonies in a heart-shaped bag, in the spirit of Saint Valentine's Day.

James Morrison was named Best British Male.

The Fratellis won the Best Breakthrough Act award, while Justin Timberlake and Nelly Furtado won the Best International Male and Best International Female awards respectively.

Take That took home the Best British Single award for 'Patience', which spent four weeks atop the charts late last year, as former band-mate Robbie Williams spent his 33rd birthday Tuesday in a US rehab clinic after checking in for dependency on prescription drugs

Williams was nominated in the Best Live Act category, but lost out to rock group Muse.

Meanwhile rock band Oasis were honoured with an Outstanding Contribution to British Music gong.

Oasis were declared the most successful act of the last decade in Britain by the Guinness Book of World Records in 2005. They have sold more than 50 million records worldwide.

Be Here Now, their 1997 third album, became the fastest-selling album in British chart history, with almost half a million copies sold on the first day alone.

The Brits turned into a disappointment for many of the acts with multiple nominations, however, as Lily Allen, singer-songwriter Corinne Bailey Rae and hip hop crossover Gnarls Barkley, who between them had 10 nominations, finished the night with no awards.

The awards were broadcast live for the first time since 1989, when topless model Samantha Fox and Fleetwood Mac drummer Mick Fleetwood made such a dreadful shambles of hosting the event that is still often recalled as one of British television's most cringe-inducing moments.

But that was not the only time the antics of the shows performers and guests have hit the headlines.

Jarvis Cocker, from the band Pulp, stormed the stage in 1996 in protest at Michael Jackson's performance, running round the pop legend and pretending to flatulate. Cocker is nominated in the Best British Male category this year.

Chumbawamba singer Danbert Nobacon dumped a bucket of icy water over Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott in 1998, while acid house oddballs The KLF fired machine gun blanks at the audience in 1992, announced the band was finished and dumped a dead sheep at the aftershow party.

First Published: Feb 16, 2007 01:30 IST