Rock royalty shared the red carpet with the best of Britain’s emerging artists at London’s Earls Court arena Wednesday night at the annual Brit Awards.
Some 8,000 fans and music industry executives saw newcomers the Kaiser Chiefs walk off with the night’s biggest haul — British rock act, British live act and British group.
But with albums by British artists selling a record 57 million copies in the UK last year, other newbies grabbed their share of the booty. Virtually unheard of in the mainstream a year ago KT Tunstall, James Blunt and Arctic Monkeys all left with silverware.
Green Day collected honors for international group and international album for “American Idiot,” while Kanye West nabbed international solo artist.
Picking up her award for international female solo artist, Madonna paid tribute to the British recording artists who have influenced her work “from David Bowie to Elvis Costello, Portishead to Radiohead, Pet Shop Boys to Goldfrapp.”
Live perfs came from Prince, Kaiser Chiefs, Coldplay, James Blunt, Kelly Clarkson, KT Tunstall, Jack Johnson, Gorillaz and Paul Weller while Kanye West’s set featured dozens of bikini-clad models.
British pop act: James Blunt
British urban act:
International breakthrough act:
International male solo artist:
British rock act:
British breakthrough act:
British live act:
British male solo artist:
Coldplay, “Speed of Sound”
British female solo artist:
International female solo artist:
Green Day, “American Idiot”
Mastercard British album:
Outstanding contribution to music: