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Last night saw the 30th Annual Brit Awards go off with a bang and be its usual controversial self; as drunk speeches, outstanding performances and jaw dropping out outfits took to the Earls Court Stage.
One of the biggest winners of the evening wasn’t actually a Brit, but was in fact our lovely Lady Gaga. She picked up all the three awards she was nominated for in the International categories. The Gaga took best international breakthrough act, best international female solo artist and best international album back to place on her ‘Haus of Gaga’ mantelpiece.
On winning her final award for her album ‘The Fame’ she said "Thank you so much…I was really excited to win the first two awards. This award means even more to me because I worked so hard on this album for so long."
The star also took to the stage to perform a medley in the name of her late friend and man behind some of her outfits, Alexander McQueen.
Lilly Allen kicked off the show, arriving on a glittery bullet suspended in the air as she sung her hit ‘The Fame’, before host Peter Kay began the nights celebrations.
A number of awards were handed out to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the awards ceremony. The Spice Girls picked up the award for the best performance in the 30 years and Liam Gallagher picked up for best Brits album in 30 years on behalf of the Oasis album What's The Story Morning Glory. On collection of the award he threw his microphone out to the audience along with his new award.
Previous X-Factor contestants, JLS, won British Breakthrough Act and Best British Single for their debut song ‘Beat Again’ which they had performed to the frenzied crowd earlier. The clearly elated boys said: "It's incredible to think the JLS story started 18 months ago at the X Factor." Thanks to every single one who voted for us, we love you very much."
‘Under The Sheets’ singer Ellie Goulding picked up the Critics Choice award, which Florence and The Machine had won the previous year. It must be a good award to win and be recognised for your new talent, as Florence and The Machine went on to win the biggest award of the evening - The MasterCard British album of the year award. Florence gave a spell bounding performance as she and Dizzee Rascal, who won Best British Male solo artist, took on the notorious Brits duet task.
London sweetheart, Lilly Allen, finally had all her hard work pay off for her as she was given the British Female solo artist award, just in time before she takes a break from music to focus on her relationship and other ventures. Clearly overwhelmed she said "This doesn't happen very often for me."
Best British Pop Group award went to Kasabian, who not only made an impact on stage when they performed but also when they went to collect the award and lead singer Tom Meighan tripped up over the podium
The award for best international male solo artist was won by Jay-Z who had the whole of Earls Court standing to the Empire State Of Mind anthem as he and Alicia Keys took to the stage. The rapper described it as one of two major moments that happened to him whilst on this side of the pond. On accepting his award he said "There was Glastonbury where everybody was open to the fact that hip-hop can play anywhere in the world and I also want to thank the Spice Girls, they inspired me."
Cheryl Cole lost out on British Single of the Year to JLS despite being reported the favourite to win. However, disregarding recent troubles that could be happening in ‘Camp Cole’ regarding cheating rumours surrounding husband Ashley, she put on a brave face and took to the stage to give a powerful performance of her aptly named hit ‘Fight For This Love.’ It was noticed that the star may have been listening more to the lyrics of her own song and taking note rather than miming in sync. But a powerful performance was given and that’s all that matters.
Robbie Williams won outstanding achievement award to recognise the significant contribution he has made to the industry during his career. To celebrate gave the audience a medley of his hits throughout the years, which lasted nine minutes.
Brits united all around the nation and tuned in to watch what was on offer and help celebrate our musical culture. The Royal family even got involved as Prince Harry gave a speech via a televised broadcast.
All in all, a night filled with drama, fuelled with alcohol and a night of recognition of the great music that this country produces each year. We may be small but our music is definitely big and that was proved at the 30th Annual Brit Awards 2010.
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