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Foo Fighters, Arctic Monkeys, Kanye West Clean Up at Brit Awards

February 20, 2008 6:00 PM ET

Even though it's only 6:00 P.M. here in NYC, they're already in the post-ceremony party portion of the annual Brit Awards, celebrating the best British and international music. In Grammy terms, Arctic Monkeys' Favourite Worst Nightmare = Herbie Hancock's River: The Joni Letters and the Brits love Kanye. Paul McCartney, who was presented the Outstanding Contribution to Music award, performed a five-song set containing "Lady Madonna," "Get Back," and "Hey Jude" to close out the ceremony. If anything else noteworthy happened at the show, we'll post about it tomorrow, but because we know you won't be able to sleep tonight without knowing who brought home statuettes, the full slate of victors is here:

British Male Solo: Mark Ronson

British Album: Arctic Monkeys - Favourite Worst Nightmare

British Female Solo: Kate Nash

British Group: Arctic Monkeys

Best Live Act: Take That

British Breakthrough: Mika

British Single: Take That - "Shine"

International Male Solo: Kanye West

International Female Solo: Kylie Minogue

International Group: Foo Fighters

 

International Album: Foo Fighters - Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace Outstanding Contribution: Paul McCartney

Critics Choice 2008: Adele

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