Arctic Monkeys, Foo Fighters and pop comeback kings Take That were all double-award winners at last night’s (February 20) Mastercard BRIT Awards ceremony.
The Arctic Monkeys won Best British Group and album, for the second year in a row for their second album Favourite Worst Nightmare. The band attended the BRIT Awards for the first time, and accepted their awards dressed up as fox hunters, and blew a horn onstage.
Foo Fighters won both Best International Group and Best Album for Echoes, Silence, Patience and Grace.
In a video message to the audience, front man Dave Grohl said: “Hey everybody, thanks very much for the Brit Award,” he said. “It really is an honour to be recognised alongside the likes of Huey Lewis And The News, Culture Club, MC Hammer and Kula Shaker.
Pop comeback kings Take That also scooped two awards, they beat Arctic Monkeys, Kaiser Chiefs, Klaxons and Muse to win Best Live Act and also Best Single for ‘Shine’ – which was decided by a public voting line.
Amy Winehouse made her first live appearance since entering rehab at the Earls Court ceremony, performing with Mark Ronson for her cover version of the Zutons’ ‘Valerie’ – which was nominated for but did not win the Best Single category.
She later returned to the stage to perform ‘Love Is A Losing Game’ from her multiple Grammy winning album Back To Black.
Former Beatle Sir Paul McCartney closed the 2008 BRITS by performing a medley of hits from his longstanding career, including ‘Live and Let Die’, ‘Hey Jude’, ‘Lady Madonna’ and ‘Get Back’. after being awarded this year’s Outstanding Contribution to Music Award.
Collecting his award from BRIT Award hosts the Osbourne family, Sir Paul McCartney kept his thank you speech very brief, saying: “I’m gonna keep this short… I think British music is the best!”
Adele, Kate Nash, Kanye West, Mika, Mark Ronson and Kylie Minogue each picked up a BRIT Award each too.
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