Kaiser Chiefs took home three trophies to dominate the BRIT Awards 2006, held tonight (Feb. 15) at London's Earls Court. The Leeds-England alternative rock outfit won three at the U.K. industry's show
Kaiser Chiefs took home three trophies to dominate the BRIT Awards 2006, held tonight (Feb. 15) at London's Earls Court.
The Leeds, England alternative rock outfit won three at the U.K. industry's showpiece event, British live act, British group, British rock act. The band converted three out of five nominations and kicked off the night’s gala with a performance of “I Predict A Riot” (B Unique/Polydor).
James Blunt, Green Day and Coldplay were multiple winners on the night. Singer/songwriter Blunt took honors for pop act and British male solo artist. Green Day won the international group award as well as the international album for "American Idiot" (Reprise/Warner Brothers). Coldplay won for British album, "X&Y" (Parlophone/EMI Music), as well as the single award for "Speed of Sound."
Arctic Monkeys won their sole nomination in the British breakthrough act category, which was decided by listeners of BBC Radio 1, the country's leading top 40 national station.
The band was nominated on the back of phenomenal hype and the subsequent sales success of their breakthrough "I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor" (Domino), which debuted at No. 1 on the Official U.K. Singles Chart in October 2005.
The Sheffield, England rock act's follow-up chart-topping single "When The Sun Goes Down" and album "Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not" will qualify for next year's Brit Awards.
Prince (with former bandmembers Sheila E and Wendy & Lisa), Gorillaz, Coldplay, Kanye West, Kelly Clarkson and Jack Johnson were among the performers on the night.
As previously reported, Paul Weller was recognized with the Outstanding Contribution to British Music award. Weller, performed a set of his sings included tracks from solo catalog and his band the Jam.
Perennial Brits favorite Robbie Williams failed to extend to his leading run of 15 Brit Awards. He was beaten out of the British male solo artist category -- his only nomination this year -- by Blunt.
Coverage from the ceremony, which is sponsored by Mastercard, will be broadcast tomorrow on British national TV network ITV1.
In a first, visitors to the awards' official Web site www.brits.co.uk can download songs and clips of nominated artists and previous winners. Powered by digital music services firm 7 Digital, the service also offers a compilation bundle, featuring tracks from the official Brit Awards CD, released Monday (Feb. 13) by Sony BMG.
All proceeds from the show and the Web site will be donated to Brit Trust charity.