Arcade Fire won in both the International Group and International Album categories. When accepting an award, frontman Win Butler poked fun at the confusion that came about when his not-quite-mainstream band won the Grammy for Album of the Year, resulting in thousands of angry tweets asking “Who is Arcade Fire?” “We’re called Arcade Fire – check it out on Google,” he joked.
As for the British artists the event is designed to honor, Mumford & Sons won for British Album of the Year, while rapper Tinie Tempah took home the prize for both British Breakthrough Act and British Single. Folk singer Laura Marling won British Female Solo Artist, rapper-singer Plan B won for British Male Solo Artist and Take That won Best British Group.
As can be expected from any major awards show, the Brit Awards featured some fine performances. Here are some highlights from last night’s ceremony.
Arcade Fire rock out on “Ready to Start,” a track from their album The Suburbs:
Rihanna performed a medley of her recent hits “Only Girl (in the World),” “S&M” and “What’s My Name”:
Mumford & Sons perform a gentle, quiet rendition of their song “Timshel” for a loud, enthusiastic audience:
Adele sings her intensely emotional new ballad “Someone Like You”:
Jessie J, winner of the Critics Choice award, performs her U.K. hit “Do It Like A Dude”:
Cee Lo closes out the show with a spectacular performance of his Number One U.K. hit “Forget You”: