Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Fresh off her wins at the Grammy Awards, Adele continued her winning streak with two major wins for Best Female Solo Artist and British Album of the Year for 21. Her competition for Female Solo Artist had been Florence & the Machine, Jessie J, Kate Bush and Laura Marling, while her co-nominees for British Album of the Year had been Coldplay (Mylo Xyloto), Ed Sheeran (+), Florence & The Machine (Ceremonials) and PJ Harvey (Let England Shake). She has recently announced that she would be taking a five-year sabbatical.
Ed Sheeran also won a pair of awards, claiming British Male Solo Artist and British Breakthrough Act. He had led with four nominations.
Coldplay won for British Group. The winner for British Single was One Direction's What Makes You Beautiful.
International winners included some surprises. Despite her disastrous appearances on Saturday Night Live, the winner for International Breakthrough Act was Lana Del Rey. Rihanna won for International Female Solo Artist after having just released two new recordings with Chris Brown who was sentenced to five years' probation for beating her.
Complete nominations for the BRIT Awards 2012
Complete winners for the BRIT Awards 2012
British Male Solo Artist
British Female Solo Artist
British Breakthrough Act
One Direction - What Makes You Beautiful
Mastercard British Album of the Year
Adele - 21
International Male Solo Artist
International Female Solo Artist
International Breakthrough Act
Lana Del Rey
Outstanding Contribution to Music
1st - Emeli Sandé
2nd - Maverick Sabre
3rd - Michael Kiwanuka