Duffy triumphs with three gongs, while Girls Aloud win Best Single
Girl power was back last night as Duffy swept the board at the Brit Awards, taking home three top gongs at the biggest music evening of the year.
The Welsh warbler fought back tears as she accepted her third award of the night, for Best British Album, after already taking to the stage to collect gongs for Best Breakthrough Act and Best Female.
After her second win, Duffy said coyly to the crowd: ‘I’m starting to recognise your faces – I don’t mean to be greedy and take another one home but thank you so much.’
Meanwhile, Girls Aloud finally got the recognition they deserved, winning their first Brit Award for Best Single, The Promise.
Following the win, Nadine Coyle gushed: ‘It’s amazing because it caps everything for us.
‘We have always planned ahead all the way throughout our careers and tonight we were finally rewarded.’
She added: ‘There is so much more to do and I feel a buzz now more than ever before.’
With a distinct lack of rock ‘n’ roll antics – U2 opened the show with new single Get On Your Boots, but Coldplay left the Earls Court do empty-handed – pop ruled supreme last night.
Fronted by Kylie and Gavin and Stacey actors James Corden and Matthew Horne, the audience was treated to a hilarious send-up of Kylie’s Can’t Get You Out Of My Head by the trio, complete with futuristic dance moves and fetching satin costumes.
Other big winners on the night included Elbow, who picked up Best British Group and Kings of Leon, who walked away with Best International Group and Best International Album titles.
Oldies, the Pet Shop Boys emerged from the woodwork to collect the award for Outstanding Achievement. Afterwards, Neil Tennant admitted: Awards don’t necessarily mean that much but when the music business gives you an outstanding achievement prize then it is a very warm feeling.’
Winners list of 2009 BRIT Awards:
British Female Solo Artist – Duffy
International Female Solo Artist – Katy Perry
British Breakthrough Act – Duffy
International Group – Kings Of Leon
British Male Solo Artist – Paul Welle
International Album: Kings Of Leon – Only by the Night
British Live Act – Iron Maide
British Group – Elbow
Critics’ Choice Award – Florence and the Machine
International Male Solo Artist – Kanye West
British Single – Girls Aloud – The Promise
MasterCard British Album – Duffy – Rockferry
Outstanding Contribution to Music – Pet Shop Boys