Brit Awards 2010
Lady Gaga dominated the 30th Brit Awards, winning a trio of awards at the pop music industry's flagship ceremony, the first international act to do so for five years. She picked up awards for International Female Solo Artist, International Breakthrough Act and Best International Album for 'The Fame', winning every category in which she was nominated.
Boy band JLS, who finished second in TV talent show The X Factor in 2008, topped off a year of number one singles and a top-selling album with two awards - Best British Group and best British Single for 'Beat Again'.
Lily Allen was crowned Best British Female Artist and Dizzee Rascal was named Best British Male, capping his successful transition from rapper to pop star. American rapper Jay-Z won the International Male Solo Artist award and delivered a powerful rendition of his hit 'Empire State of Mind' with Alicia Keys.
The event has become known for over the top performances by the winning artists and this year’s ceremony was no exception. Indie rockers Kasabian, winners of Best British Group, played their song 'Fire' behind a wall of flames and the four members of JLS began 'Beat Again' as four crucifixes hung high above the stage.
Oasis singer Liam Gallagher produced the night's only moment of controversy, tossing his microphone and award into the crowd after accepting the Brits Album of 30 Years award for the 1995 album '(What's the Story) Morning Glory?'. Florence and the Machine won the Best Album award for 'Lungs' and former Take That member Robbie Williams, received the Outstanding Contribution to Music award.
Published: 17 February 2010