Kaiser Chiefs nab three top prizes
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: Lemar
International breakthrough act: Jack Johnson
International male solo artist: Kanye West
British rock act: Kaiser Chiefs
British breakthrough act: Arctic Monkeys
British live act: Kaiser Chiefs
British male solo artist: James Blunt
British single: Coldplay, “Speed of Sound”
International group: Green Day
British group: Kaiser Chiefs
British female solo artist: KT Tunstall
International female solo artist: Madonna
International album: Green Day, “American Idiot”
Mastercard British album: Coldplay, “X&Y”
Outstanding contribution to music: Paul Weller