Monkeys, Foos, Take That Reign At Brit Awards
It was all set up as the night pop would rule again. But rockers the Arctic Monkeys and Foo Fighters tweaked the script for the Brit Awards 2008, grabbing two awards each tonight (Feb. 20) alongside TIt was all set up as the night pop would rule again. But rockers the Arctic Monkeys and Foo Fighters tweaked the script for the Brit Awards 2008, grabbing two awards each tonight (Feb. 20) alongside Take That.
Arctic Monkeys continued their hot streak, collecting the British group gong and the British album award for "Favourite Worst Nightmare." The Sheffield-based quartet won the same two categories last year.
The band members collected their trophies in the garb of English country gents. "We are the Arctic Monkeys. And we are the most fantastic," frontman Alex Turner told the crowd on receiving the British group honor, before blowing a hunting horn. The second time around, the band's rambling acceptance speech was cut short by by producers of the show, which was being broadcast live on ITV1.
Foo Fighters claimed international group and international album for "Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace." Take That were winners for British live act and won the British single trophy for "Shine," a category voted on by the public.
Also at the gala, held at London's Earls Court, Kylie Minogue won for international female solo artist, Mika won British breakthrough act, Kanye West was named international male solo artist and Kate Nash grabbed the British female solo artist plaudit.
A lot old chatter ahead of the gala centered around whether Amy Winehouse would show, given that her rehabilitation from alcohol and substance abuse problems had grounded the star in recent weeks.
But the artist made a triumphant public return to the stage, singing "Love Is a Losing Game" and later "Valerie" as part of a "Mark Ronson Presents" mini-set which also featured Adele and Daniel Merriweather. After being named British male solo artist, Ronson, who has lived in New York since age 8, said, "I've never felt so British and male in my life."
Other live highlights were an unlikely collaboration between the Klaxons and Rihanna, who teamed for a mash-up of the Barbadian singer's monster hit "Umbrella" and the nu-rave act's "Golden Skans."
Paul McCartney put aside his ongoing divorce proceedings to entertain the Earls Court audience with a medley of songs. The Beatles great received the special prize for outstanding contribution to music, and gave thanks by performing "Dance Tonight," "Live and Let Die," "Hey Jude," "Lady Madonna" and "Get Back." "I just think British music is the best," he said.