Simply Red, Lennox top Brit Awards

Scottish soloist Annie Lennox and Simply Red’s Mick Hucknall both won two honors at the annual Brit Awards for classical and pop music.

Lennox, formerly of the pop duo Eurythmics, was honored as best British female artist her solo debut, “Diva,” won for best album.

Hucknall was crowned Britain’s best male singer and his group was named best British band for last year’s top-selling album “Stars.”

Rod Stewart provided the highlight of the evening when accepting his lifetime achievement award.

The 48-year-old rocker invited his former band, the Faces, on stage to perform with him, accompanied by Bill Wyman, former bassist for the Rolling Stones.

The nod for best international band went to the R.E.M., while Nirvana was named best international newcomer.

Best movie soundtrack honors went to “Wayne’s World.”

Irish band U2 showed up to collect an unscheduled award for best live band.

Violinist Nigel Kennedy took the honor for top classical recording.

The annual awards ceremony was held Tuesday at London’s Alexandra Palace.

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