Brit Awards: Emeli Sande, Mumford & Sons and Adele among winners
21:39 20 February 2013
Chart-topping star Emeli Sande’s phenomenal career continued as she won two gongs at the Brit Awards.
The 25-year-old, who performed at the opening and closing ceremonies of the London 2012 Games, won the first award of the night, best female solo artist, beating the late Amy Winehouse.
She said: “This feels amazing. This is incredible and and I’m so happy to win this award.”
Later in the ceremony she won the best album award for Our Version of Events.
The beaming star won the Critics’ Choice Award last year at the Brits, which kick-started her career.
Another female winner was Adele,who won the best British single award for her James Bond theme Skyfall.
In a video acceptance she joked about how she was cut off in her prime at last year’s ceremony when the show began to overrun.
She said: “Hello everyone - thank you for this Brit Award. Sorry I can’t be with you tonight. I’m in LA rehearsing for the Oscars. I won’t keep you too long because I don’t want to interrupt the best album speech at the end of the night.
“I love you all, thank you so much. I can’t wait to come back and see you all. I’m not living here by the way, just in case any of you think that.”
The show at The O2 Arena opened with rock band Muse, who were backed by a 60-piece string section as they performed their track Supremacy.
Presenter James Corden made reference to last year’s show in which he memorably cut off singer Adele as she collected her best album prize.
He pointed out that American pop star Taylor Swift had once been cut off mid-speech but there was no chance of such an occurrence tonight. “Not on my watch,” he joked.
Mumford & Sons picked up the award for best British group, two years after missing out on the prize when they were previously shortlisted. It was the band’s second Brit win, having collected the best album prize in 2011.
Frontman Marcus Mumford said: “Thanks very much indeed. We weren’t expecting that. I don’t think we’ve really taken the opportunity to thank people who have come to our gigs.
“We were in a group with Muse and One Direction, so it’s a surprise.”
The best British breakthrough prize went to Ben Howard, who was last year nominated for the Mercury Music Prize.
He later won best male solo artist, beating artists such as Olly Murs, Calvin Harris and Richard Hawley.
The singer, who looked taken aback by his second win, said: “This is bizarre, isn’t it? I didn’t really expect it. I’m quite stoked to even come to the awards, so to come away with two of these is amazing.”
Ceremony host Corden chatted to members of heartthrob boy band One Direction between performances and teased singer Harry Styles about his reputation for being drawn to older women.
“We’ve got Sharon Osbourne and Annie Lennox here tonight - who’ve you got your eye on?” Corden asked.
Robbie Williams, who has landed more Brits than any other artist after collecting 17 as a solo star and member of Take That, was also among performers as he sang his hit Candy.
Critics’ Choice winner Tom Odell was in the audience after picking up his award earlier in the year. “It’s crazy to be here,” he said.
The evening also featured a much-anticipated performance by Justin Timberlake, who is rejuvenating his musical career after a spell in which he devoted his time to acting. The US hunk, wearing a shiny elegant suit, showcased his new track Mirrors.
Lana Del Rey took the international female award, thanking her record label Polydor for its help in “turning my life into art”.
She went on: “Thank you so much. I live here and I love it and I wrote my record here.”
One Direction, who won the award for Brits global success for international sales in 2012, played an energetic version of their Comic Relief single One Way Or Another/Teenage Kicks to screaming members of the audience, dancing on a giant pinball machine.
Coldplay were declared best live act, beating the likes of Muse, Mumford & Sons and the Rolling Stones. Drummer Will Champion and guitarist Jonny Buckland from the quartet collected the prize.
Taylor Swift performed her track I Knew You Were Trouble, wearing a long wedding-style gown, which she whipped off to reveal a black lace mini-dress.
US duo Black Keys took the best international group prize, with Foo Fighters star Dave Grohl presenting the award and collecting it on their behalf as they were not able to attend.
Frank Ocean won international male solo artist, Paul Epworth was given the award for best British producer and the special recognition award went to War Child.