With two trophies apiece, the Arctic Monkeys and the Killers slayed the competition at the Brit Awards tonight (Feb. 14) in London. The Monkeys won British group and British album for their U.K. smash
With two trophies apiece, the Arctic Monkeys and the Killers slayed the competition at the Brit Awards tonight (Feb. 14) in London.
The Monkeys won British group and British album for their U.K. smash "Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not," while the Killers won international group and international album for "Sam's Town."
Despite missing the gala, the Monkeys got into the spirit of the night via a pair of recorded acceptance speeches, the first of which found members dressed as the cast of "The Wizard of Oz." They later appeared as members of the Village People.
The biggest cheers of the night, however, were reserved for reunited pop band Take That. The group won the fan-voted British single award for "Patience," after performing the U.K. chart-topper before the Earls Court audience.
During his opening monologue, quick-witted host Russell Brand quipped that a prop on the Valentine's Day-themed stage was a giant padlock to former Take That member Robbie Williams' medicine cabinet before sending a "get well" message to the star, who has made headlines here for his recent spell in rehab. It proved to be a theme for the night, with presenter Joss Stone also offering Williams sympathies, and Amy Winehouse performing her hit "Rehab."
Winehouse confirmed her rise to stardom by winning the trophy for British female solo artist. Earlier, Brand remarked that she "has one of the best voices on the planet, when she is singing. When she is talking, she sounds like a cab driver."
Brand also took shots at Britney Spears, British conservative party leader David Cameron and made a crack about "the Queen's privates." but he got a taste of his own medicine when Aerosmith's Steven Tyler, on stage as a presenter, took offense at the comedian's teased hair-style.
Muse were named best British live act, Justin Timberlake earned international male solo honors and James Morrison won for British male solo artist. Scottish newcomers the Fratellis took home the British breakthrough act award.
Oasis, recipients of the contribution to British music award, closed the event with a five-song set that featured "Cigarettes and Alcohol," "Don't Look Back in Anger" and "Rock'n'Roll Star."
This year saw the show televised live for the first time since 1989. The event was expected to raise £1 million for charity, raising to £8 million the money collected from the show since 1992.