Arctic Monkeys top Brit Awards

Winehouse, Rihanna perform at U.K. event

The Brit Awards — the U.K. music industry’s big night out — shared the love on Wednesday, with three bands picking up a brace of awards each.

The Arctic Monkeys took British group and album (“Favourite Worst Nightmares”) while veteran boy band Take That saw off younger opposition to win for British single (Shine) and British live act.

U.S. rockers Foo Fighters won for international group and international album (“Echos Silence Patience and Grace”).

Paul McCartney brought down the curtain at London’s Earls Court arena when he performed a medley of his songs to celebrate his outstanding contribution to music award.

Hosted by Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne, the awards bash was broadcast live on the national terrestrial ITV1 network, with millions of viewers tuning in to see performances by the Kaiser Chiefs, Rihanna, Klaxons, Kylie Minogue, Leona Lewis, Mark Ronson, Amy Winehouse and Mika.

Nominations for the annual awards are made by the Brits Academy, whose more than 1,000 members come from across the U.K. music industry, including music critics, journalists, record company executives, retailers, music publishers, artist managers and concert promoters.

The actual awards are decided in a variety of ways, including public votes.

And the winners are:

British Album

Arctic Monkeys (Favorite Worst Nightmare)

British Male Solo Artist

Mark Ronson

British Female Solo Artist

Kate Nash

British Group

Arctic Monkeys

British Single

Take That (Shine)

British Breakthrough Act


British Live Act

Take That

International Male Solo Artist

Kanye West

International Female Solo Artist

Kylie Minogue

International Group

Foo Fighters

International Album

Foo Fighters (Echos Silence Patience and Grace)

Critics’ Choice


Outstanding Contribution to Music Award

Paul McCartney

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