N.Y.-based act picks up three honors.
With three awards, Scissor Sisters were the big winners of the Brit Awards tonight (Feb. 9) at London's Earls Court. The show, branded "Brits25 with MasterCard," will be televised tomorrow on U.K. commercial broadcaster ITV1.
The New York-based pop rockers, who are signed to Polydor U.K., won for best international group and international breakthrough act, and their eponymous debut won best international album.
The Brits victories reflect the act's massive appeal in the territory, where "Scissor Sisters" was the best-selling album of 2004, according to the Official U.K. Charts Co.
Vocalist Ana Matronic sarcastically devoted the international album prize to "anyone who called us a freak, anyone who called us a faggot, anyone who didn't think we could do it," before laughing.
Franz Ferdinand, Keane and Joss Stone collected two awards apiece.
Franz Ferdinand, who went into the event with a leading five nominations, won for best British group and rock act. Fellow newcomers Keane won best British album for "Hopes and Fears" (Universal Island) and British breakthrough act. Teenage soul vocalist Stone won for British female solo artist and British urban act.
Robbie Williams extended his record run of Brits honors to 15, as his "Angels" picked up the Brits25 Best Song Award, recognizing the best song of the past 25 years. The honor was voted on by listeners of BBC Radio 2. Stone accompanied Williams on a live performance of the song during the show.
Multiple nominees Jamelia and Kasabian walked away empty-handed.
Band Aid founder Bob Geldof received a lifetime achievement award. The Boomtown Rats front man has raised millions of dollars for famine relief in Africa through the historic Live Aid concert in 1985 and the "Do They Know It's Christmas" all-star single, which has been rerecorded on three separate occasions. Geldof is also recognized for his lead acting role in Alan Parker's 1982 feature film "Pink Floyd the Wall."
Proceeds from the Brit Awards, which are staged by the British Phonographic Industry, go to charity. As previously reported, the first £500,000 ($938,509) raised this year will go to the Save the Children Fund to help in the aftermath of the tsunami disaster.