Tuesday, February 21, 2012

BRIT Awards 2012 - winners

The ceremony for the BRIT Awards 2012 took place tonight at London's O2 Arena.

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
Ed Sheeran

British Female Solo Artist

British Breakthrough Act
Ed Sheeran

British Group

British Single
One Direction - What Makes You Beautiful

Mastercard British Album of the Year
Adele - 21

International Male Solo Artist
Bruno Mars

International Female Solo Artist

International Group
Foo Fighters

International Breakthrough Act
Lana Del Rey

Outstanding Contribution to Music

Critics Choice
1st - Emeli Sandé
2nd - Maverick Sabre
3rd - Michael Kiwanuka

British Producer
Paul Epworth
Ethan Johes

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