Sheffield’s ARCTIC MONKEYS took home two awards at this years BRIT Awards. The band were the only multiple winners at the event winning both Best British Group; beating competition from Bastille, One Direction, Disclosure and Rudimental, and the coveted Best British Album for last years AM. Accepting the final award for the evening for the album, Alex Turner took the microphone and said:

That rock ‘n’roll, eh? That rock’n’roll, it just won’t go away. It might hibernate from time to time, and sink back into the swamp. I think the cyclical nature of the universe in which it exists demands it adheres to some of its rules.

But it’s always waiting there, just around the corner. Ready to make its way back through the sludge and smash through the glass ceiling, looking better than ever. Yeah, that rock’n’roll, it seems like it’s faded away sometimes, but it will never die. And there’s nothing you can do about it.

Other winners at this years awards were 17 year old; New Zealand born singer Lorde, who beat Lady Gaga and Katy Perry to the Best International Female category and Daft Punk for Best International Group, beating Arcade Fire, Haim and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis.

Best British Male was won by legend David Bowie, seeing off Jake Bugg, Tom Odell and James Blake for the accolade. Announced by Noel Gallagher, model Kate Moss read a statement on behalf of the 67 year old; who surprisingly released his album The Next Day last year, which included the phrases “It’s a nice way to end a day” and “Scotland, stay with us” – in a nod to the ongoing independence shouts in the country.

London group Bastille and brother Disclosure led the nominations at the awards with 4 nods each; however, whilst Disclosure left empty handed, Bastille managed to scoop Best British Breakthrough.

The full list of winners (shown in bold) at the event were:

BEST PRODUCER
Flood & Alan Moulder
Ethan Johns
Paul Epworth

BRITISH BREAKTHROUGH ACT
Bastille
Disclosure
Laura Mvula
London Grammar
Tom Odell

BRITISH FEMALE SOLO ARTIST
Ellie Goulding
Birdy
Jessie J
Laura Marling
Laura Mvula

BRITISH GROUP
Arctic Monkeys
Bastille
Disclosure
One Direction
Rudimental

BRITISH MALE SOLO ARTIST
David Bowie
Jake Bugg
James Blake
John Newman
Tom Odell

BRITISH SINGLE
Rudimental ft Ella Eyre – ‘Waiting All Night’
Bastille – ‘Pompeii’
Calvin Harris ft Ellie Goulding – ‘I Need Your Love’
Disclosure ft AlunaGeorge – ‘White Noise’
Ellie Goulding – ‘ Burn’
John Newman – ‘Love Me Again’
Naughty Boy ft Sam Smith –  ‘La La La’
Olly Murs – ‘Dear Darlin’
One Direction – ‘One Way Or Another’
Passenger – ‘Let Her Go’

CRITICS’ CHOICE AWARD
Sam Smith
Chlöe Howl
Ella Eyre

BRITISH VIDEO
One Direction – ‘Best Song Ever’
Calvin Harris ft Ellie Goulding – ‘I Need Your Love’
Ellie Goulding – ‘Burn’
John Newman – ‘Love Me Again’
Naughty Boy ft Sam Smith – ‘La La La’

INTERNATIONAL FEMALE SOLO ARTIST
Lorde
Janelle Monáe
Katy Perry
Lady Gaga
Pink

INTERNATIONAL GROUP
Daft Punk
Arcade Fire
Haim
Kings Of Leon
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

INTERNATIONAL MALE SOLO ARTIST
Bruno Mars
Drake
Eminem
John Grant
Justin Timberlake

MASTERCARD BRITIST ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Arctic Monkeys – AM
Bastille – Bad Blood
David Bowie – The Next Day
Disclosure – Settle
Rudimental – Home

 

 

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Samuel Litherland

Digital and Live Editor of Soundcheck. I am a huge fan of emerging new music. You can usually find me in a field over the summer.