Justin Bieber, Rihanna and Arcade Fire Among Brit Awards Winners
British acts Tinie Tempah and Plan B and Canadian band Arcade Fire, fresh off their recent Grammy win, were among the popular acts that took home trophies at Tuesday's Brit Awards. And the reunited Take That, featuring hit-maker Robbie Williams, were named best British group after their most recent release, Progress, once again put the former boy band in the international spotlight.
American hit-maker Cee Lo Green also managed to score an award at the U.K.'s prestigious annual music awards ceremony held at London's O2 Arena, for international male solo artist. Rihanna nabbed an award for international female artist, while folk singer-songwriter Laura Marling was named best British female solo artist for her critically acclaimed album I Speak Because I Can.
Canadian heartthrob Justin Bieber was named international breakthrough act, and Montreal, Quebec-based Arcade Fire, who won album of the year for The Suburbs at last Sunday's Grammy Awards, scored prizes for international group and international album of the year.
Twenty-two-year-old Tempah landed a double win as well, for breakthrough act and single, for "Pass Out," from his debut Disc-Overy.
Rapper-singer Plan B, whose real name is Ben Drew, nabbed a gong for male solo artist for his latest album, The Defamation of Strickland Banks, and recent hits that include "Prayin'" and "She Said," which were included in a medley he performed during the star-studded ceremony.
Album of the year went to Mumford and Sons for the British folk-rock band's debut album, Sigh No More. The group was among the evening's performers, which also included singer Adele, Rihanna, Take That and Green.
The 2011 Brit Awards featured the debut of a revamped award designed by Vivienne Westwood and featuring a Union Jack-striped statuette.