Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Arctic Monkeys take top prize at Brits

The Brit Awards look a lot like they did last year, with the same bands taking home the top honors for best British album and single that won those prizes last year.

The Arctic Monkeys took the top prize at the Brit Awards tonight, winning the Best British Album award for Favourite Worst Nightmare, beating out contenders Leona Lewis, Mika, Mark Ronson and Take That. This is the second year in a row that the Arctic Monkeys took home the top honor, winning last year for their debut, Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not. Arctic Monkeys also took home the award for best British group, also their second year in a row winning that award.

Take That took home the award for best British single for "Shine," beating out a slate of 10 nominees that included major hits like Leona Lewis' "Bleeding Love," Mika's "Grace Kelly," and the Mark Ronson/Amy Winehouse collaboration, "Valerie." This is also Take That's second year in a row winning this award, who won last year for their comeback single, "Patience." In total, this is the band's fifth win in this category, who won twice during the band's early '90s heyday for "Could It Be Magic" in 1993, "Pray" in 1994 and "Back for Good" in 1996. Take that also won the best live act category.

Mark Ronson, really a producer more than a performer, beat out Mika for Best British Male Soloist, while newcomer Kate Nash bested female nominees like Kate Nash, Leona Lewis and PJ Harvey. Mika was named best British "breakthrough."

Among the international winners were Kylie Minogue for best female, Kanye West for best male, and Foo Fighters for best group and best album for Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace.

Here's a rundown of the major winners for British album and single so far this decade:

2007 - Arctic Monkeys - Favourite Worst Nightmare
2006 - Arctic Monkeys - Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not
2005 - Coldplay - X&Y
2004 - Keane - Hopes and Fears
2003 - The Darkness - Permission to Land
2002 - Coldplay - A Rush of Blood to the Head
2001 - Dido - No Angel
2000 - Coldplay - Parachutes

2007 - Take That - Shine
2006 - Take That - Patience
2005 - Coldplay - Speed of Sound
2004 - Will Young - Your Game
2003 - Dido - White Flag
2002 - Liberty X - Just a Little
2001 - S Club 7 - Don't Stop Movin'
2000 - Robbie Williams - Rock DJ

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