2010 Brit Awards – Gongs Given Out & Thrown Back
This evening’s ceremony, England’s answer to the Grammys, took place at London’s Earl’s Court arena.
Lady Gaga went home with awards for best international female artist, best international breakthrough act and best international album for The Fame, winning every single award she was nominated for.
The singer thanked late British designer Alexander McQueen a number of times during the award show. Before performing an acoustic version of “Telephone” Gaga told the crowd “This is for Alexander McQueen,” according to MTV.com. When accepting her first prize, she again said “Thank you to Lee McQueen.”
The designer, born Lee Alexander McQueen, was found dead in his London home Feb. 11 from an apparent suicide. Gaga previously showed off McQueen’s creations in her “Bad Romance” video, on the red carpet and out and about in Paris.
Gaga also performed “Dance in the Dark.” Additional performers included Cheryl Cole, Dizzee Rascal, Florence & the Machine, Jay-Z, JLS, Kasabian, Lily Allen and Robbie Williams, according to the Brit Awards’ Web site.
Kasabian picked up the prize for best British band, Dizzee Rascal was named best British male solo artist and Lily Allen earned best British female solo artist.
JLS went home with best domestic breakthrough act and best British single for “Beat Again.”
Florence and The Machine was awarded the top British album for Lungs and the Spice Girls earned the best British tune of the past 30 years for 1997’s “Wannabe / Who Do You Think You Are.”
The Critics Choice award went to Ellie Goulding and Jay-Z was awarded best international male solo artist. Robbie Williams earned a special award for his outstanding contribution to music.
Oasis was honored at today’s ceremony for its 1995 album, What’s The Story (Morning Glory).
When accepting the award for best British album of the last 30 years, singer Liam Gallagher proved he and his brother haven’t yet kissed and made-up by giving a shout out to his former bandmates, while conveniently forgetting to mention lead guitarist Noel.
“Listen kids, I wanna thank bald head (Bonehead), Guigs, Alan White and the best f**king fans in the world,” Gallagher said, according to NME.com, as he namedropped guitarist Paul “Bonehead” Arthurs, bassist Paul McGuigan, drummer Alan White.
After giving his short but sweet speech, Gallagher showed his appreciation for the win by throwing his microphone and award into the audience.
NME.com noted that event organizers at London Earl’s Court arena weren’t too pleased with Liam’s antics. Host Peter Kay was heard called the singer “a knob” and Brits officials were forced to beg the crowd to give back the award.
While most Brits Awards winners are selected by a panel of more than 1,000 industry winners, the best British album of the past 30 years was determined by Radio 2 listeners. This year’s edition of the Brits Awards marks the 30th anniversary of the event.
Oasis broke up last August minutes before the Britpop band was set to take the stage at Paris’ Rock En Seine Festival. Earlier this month Liam told Britian’s XFM Radio he is working with a new group that includes former Oasis members Gem Archer and Andy Bell.