The Brit Awards, the UK's equivalent of the Grammy Awards, took place in London on Tuesday night and the winners included Florence and the Machine, Kasabian, Jay-Z, newcomer Ellie Goulding and a hat trick for Lady Gaga (who was wearing assorted outfits, including what seemed to be white drapes with a lace mask and Marie Antoinette-inspired, soufflé of cotton candy on her head).
And Lady Gaga was also the big winner of the evening, taking home best international breakthrough act (beating the likes of Animal Collective and Taylor Swift), best international female solo artist and best international album (beating Jay-Z, Animal Collective, Empire of the Sun and Black Eyed Peas) for The Fame. Sky News reports that Lady Gaga began to sob as she thanked the crowd for the last award. She also tearfully thanked the late fashion designer Alexander McQueen, a friend and inspiration for her adventurous sartorial sensibility, who died last week.
Florence and the Machine won the best British Album award while grime rapper Dizzee Rascal and outspoken pop singer Lily Allen won best British male and female artist respectively. Jay-Z was named best international male artist and Kasabian grabbed the honors for best British band. Newcomer Ellie Goulding, who topped the BBC Sound of 2010 poll, won the Critics' Choice Award against competitors Delphic and Marina and the Diamonds.
Not surprisingly, Liam Gallagher, who collected an award for the now-defunct Oasis who won "BRITs Album of 30 Years" for (What's The Story) Morning Glory, thanked everyone involved with the recording of that 1995 album except his estranged brother Noel. He then tossed the Brit award into the crowd and departed.
The full rundown of winners:
The BRITs Hits 30 (Best Performance): Spice Girls,
“Wannabe/Who Do You Think You Are.”
British Male Solo Artist: Dizzee Rascal
International Male Solo Artist: Jay-Z
BRITs Album of 30 Years (chosen by BBC Radio 2 listeners): Oasis,
(What’s the Story) Morning Glory.
British Breakthrough Act (chosen by BBC Radio 1 listeners):
Critics’ Choice: Ellie Goulding
British Group: Kasabian
International Breakthrough Act: Lady Gaga
International Female Solo Artist: Lady Gaga
British Female Solo Artist: Lily Allen
International Album: Lady Gaga, The Fame
British Single: JLS, “Beat Again.”
MasterCard British Album: Florence & the Machine, Lungs
Outstanding Contribution Award: Robbie Williams
(Lady Gaga photo courtesy of AP/Alastair Grant)