The BRIT Awards 2013

The Brits is over for another year, and last night’s show was a typical mix of expected winners, huge performances from some of the biggest names in music and just a couple of surprises…

Emeli Sandé arrives at the BRITs before taking the show by storm.

The most successful artists on the night were Emeli Sandé, who picked up expected awards for Best British Album and British Female Solo Artist, and the slightly more surprising Ben Howard, who beat Plan B and Calvin Harris to Best Male Solo Artist, and picked up the British Breakthrough Act ahead of Alt-J, Jake Bugg and Jessie Ware.

Ben Howard performs at last night’s BRIT Awards.

Watch the video for his brilliant ‘Only Love’ below.

Other surprises saw Frank Ocean, who plays at this year’s Wireless Festival alongside Justin Timberlake and Jay Z, pick up Best International Male in a very competitive category, beating Bruce Springsteen and Michael Bublé to the title, and a somewhat controversial award for One Direction‘s ‘Global Success’, sparking frantic, emotional social activity from fans. Lana Del Rey also triumphed over Rihanna and Taylor Swift to pick up Best International Female.

Listen to Frank Ocean‘s ‘Thinking About You’ below – how do/can you compare it with The Boss?!

Mumford and Sons were always going to win something, and Best British Group seems fair after their year of emphatically cracking the US. Likewise, we think Coldplay‘s Best Live Act and Black Keys‘ Best International Group were justified awards.

Coldplay‘s incredible neon Mylo Xyloto live show helped them scoop their 8th BRIT.

Tom Odell picked up the coveted Critics Choice Award, won in recent years by Jessie J, Ellie Goulding and Adele before a Special Recognition Award was given to the War Child charity which provides support for young people in war-torn countries across the world; watch 20 years of War Child music in 3 minutes below.

Forever a love it or hate it event, the BRIT Awards will remain a talking-point for days to come – what’s your opinion!?

Check out all the winners in bold below:

Best British Album
Emeli Sandé
Plan B
Alt-J
Paloma Faith
Mumford & Sons

Best British Single
Adele – ‘Skyfall’
Alex Clare – ‘Too Close’
Coldplay & Rihanna – ‘Princess of China’
DJ Fresh feat. Rita Ora – ‘Hot Right Now’
Emeli Sandé – ‘Next To Me’
Florence & The Machine – ‘Spectrum’
James Arthur – ‘Impossible’
Jessie J – ‘Domino’
Labrinth Feat. Emeli Sandé – ‘Beneath Your Beautiful’
Olly Murs feat. Flo Rida ‘Troublemaker’
Rita Ora feat. Tinie Tempah – ‘R.I.P.’
Rizzle Kicks – ‘Mama Do The Hump’
Robbie Williams – ‘Candy’
Rudimental Feat. John Newman – ‘Feel The Love’
Stooshe – ‘Black Heart’

British Male Solo Artist
Ben Howard
Calvin Harris
Olly Murs
Richard Hawley
Plan B

British Female Solo Artist
Bat For Lashes
Emeli Sandé
Jessie Ware
Paloma Faith
Amy Winehouse

Best British Group
Alt-J
Mumford and Sons
Muse
One Direction
The XX

Best Live Act
Mumford and Sons
Coldplay
Muse
The Vaccines
The Rolling Stones

Best International Group
The Black Keys
The Script
Alabama Shakes
Fun.
The Killers

Best International Male
Jack White
Gotye
Michael Buble
Frank Ocean
Bruce Springsteen

Best International Female
Rihanna
Alicia Keys
Cat Power
Lana Del Rey
Taylor Swift

British Breakthrough Act
Jake Bugg
Jessie Ware
Alt-J
Ben Howard
Rita Ora

Critics’ Choic
Tom Odell

British Producer
Paul Epworth

Special Recognition Award
War Child

BRITs Global Success Award
One Direction

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