BRIT Awards 2013: Highlights From London's Big Night of Music
4:04 AM PST 2/26/2013 by Stuart Kemp
After the Grammys rocked Hollywood, the global pop industry descended on the British capital for the annual BRITs. Justin Timberlake and Taylor Swift wowed the crowd, while Mumford & Sons, Lana Del Rey and Frank Ocean were among those who grabbed Damien Hirst-designed statues.
An International Female Solo Artist nominee, Swift began her performance of hit single "I Knew You Were Trouble" wearing a white wedding dress, before stripping down to reveal a black leather bodice midway through the song.
The onetime Mickey Mouse Club member now in-demand actor cum Jay-Z tourmate took the stage for the first televised performance of his latest single "Mirrors." His thick glossy suit appeared to be made of black liquorice.
Presenters Simon Pegg and Berenice Marlohe
Introduced as "Hollywood A-listers," the Star Trek star and Skyfall Bond girl rocked up to present the evening's Best British Band Award to Mumford & Sons.
The effortlessly cool former fast food server turned hip hop's favorite crooner, thanks British artist Damian Hirst "for the polkadots" adorning this year's Brit award statue after winning Best International Male Solo Artist.
Ewan McGregor favorites Muse opened this year's Brit Awards with a quiet, understated acoustic ballad (not true -- they rocked hard, as per usual).
Lana Del Rey
Best International Act winner Lana Del Rey told the British capital and TV viewers that she loved living in the U.K. and thanked everyone for allowing her to create a "work of art" from her life.
The L.A.-based British singer performed his hit "Candy," a song written by his former Take That band mate Gary Barlow, one of the judges on the X Factor U.K.
Mumford & Sons
Lead singer Marcus Mumford enjoyed a big hug from his wife, actress Carey Mulligan, before jogging to the stage with his fellow folk rockers to pick up the trophy for Best British Band.
Boy band One Direction, runners up on the X Factor U.K. in 2011, picked up the event's new category for this year -- the Global Success Award.
Emeli Sandé, who performed at the London 2012 Olympics opening ceremony, picked up two nods, including Best British Album of the Year and Best British Female Solo Artist.
Host James Corden
The Tony award-winning stage actor and big and small screen star hosted the show for the fourth year in a row with his usual mix of affability and gentle ribbing of the musical personalities on hand.
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