Mumford & Sons, Adele among winners at the 2013 Brit Awards
By Jill Lawless, APLONDON--British music put on a brash, confident show at the Brit Awards on Wednesday, celebrating a resurgent industry whose bands and artists are topping charts around the globe.
February 22, 2013, 12:03 am TWN
Winners ranged from established acts such as Coldplay and Adele to world-conquering boy band One Direction, who won in the new Global Success category.
One Direction's Louis Tomlinson called the prize “absolutely mind-blowing.”
American artists Frank Ocean and Lana Del Rey were among the non-British winners at a ceremony that embraced the mainstream while rewarding artists with distinctive personalities.
Surfing English folk singer Ben Howard and chanteuse Emeli Sande each won two awards.
Sande was named best British female artist and won the album of the year prize for her debut “Our Version of Events,” which has been in the British charts for more than a year. Scotland-raised Sande got a big boost in 2012 when she performed at both the opening and closing ceremonies of the Olympics.
“This is a dream, really,” said Sande, who beat Alt-J, Mumford & Sons, Plan B and Paloma Faith to the album prize.
She thanked everyone “who made me feel like I'm part of something much bigger.”
Howard was named British breakthrough act and British male artist of the year.
Soul singer Amy Winehouse — who died in July 2011 from accidental alcohol poisoning — was among the other nominees for British female artist, eligible thanks to her posthumous “Lioness: Hidden Treasures” album. Her father, Mitch Winehouse, arrived for the awards ceremony at London's O2 Arena wearing a waistcoat emblazoned with a picture of his daughter.
Adele won the best British single prize for her James Bond theme “Skyfall.” The soulful singer sent a message from Los Angeles, where she is rehearsing for Sunday's Academy Awards.
There was no repeat of last year, when she was cut-off mid-speech because the show was running late — an incident Corden referred to in mock-embarrassment several times.
The Black Keys were named best international group, while Del Rey took the trophy for international female solo artist. The U.S. singer, who began as an Internet sensation, won a breakthrough Brit award last year and on Wednesday thanked Britain for supporting her.
The international male trophy went to R&B star Frank Ocean, who said it was “definitely a long way from working fast food in New Orleans” — and was the only winner to thank artist Damien Hirst for creating the polka-dot Brit Awards statuette.
Style standouts included Swift, who performed “I Knew You Were Trouble” in a hoop-skirted white number — more wedding cake than wedding dress — that she shed to reveal black undergarments. Jessie J drew attention in a deeply low-cut black dress.