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Brit Awards 2013: Emeli Sandé and Ben Howard steal the show

By Emcfarnon  |  Posted: February 21, 2013

Emeli Sandé and Ben Howard both took home two Brit Awards

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The winners’ list reflected the charts and the night went ahead without a hitch, in what some commentators have dubbed a bland and predictable Brit Awards 2013.

Simon Cowell’s boy band One Direction advanced their bid for world domination when they scooped the Brits Global Success (for international sales in 2012), while Olympic ceremony darling Emeli Sandé took home two Damien Hirst-designed Brit Awards.

Sandé was named British Female Solo Artist and called herself “a very unlikely pop star” as she accepted the night's biggest prize, album of the year.

The star shared her joy with her 784,000-plus followers, tweeting:

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The artist later tweeted:

Meanwhile Ben Howard, who also clinched two trophies, was crowned British Breakthrough Act. The closest flirtation with controversy came when he won British Male - a number of Twitter users took to the social networking site to ask who the artist was, and complain the award had not gone to one of the other nominees - Calvin Harris; Plan B; Richard Hawley or Olly Murs.

The artist himself said he was surprised to have been named British Male. “I didn’t expect any of them [the awards], it was kind of genuine shock, which is almost more embarrassing,” he said after the ceremony.

“I thanked my mum on the first award so I was obviously a little shell-shocked... It was pretty rock and roll”.

Ben Howard's track Esmerelda, taken from his Burgh Island EP, can be viewed here:

BRITs 2013 Winners on MUZU.TV.

Meanwhile folk rockers Mumford & Sons took home the British Group award, while The Black Keys beat Fun., The Script, The Killers and Alabama Shakes in the International Group category.

Taylor Swift, the ex-lover of One Direction’s Harry Styles, lost out to Lana Del Rey in the International Female category, while fan-favourite Frank Ocean clinched the International Male award.

Coldplay were named British Live Act, and Tom Odell accepted the Critics’ Choice trophy.

And new mum Adele saw her song Skyfall, the theme tune for the latest Bond movie, scoop the British Single award. But she was not at the event, choosing instead to rehearse for the Oscars in Los Angeles.

The star-studded ceremony was opened by Muse, and saw performances from One Direction, Emeli Sandé, Mumford & Sons, Ben Howard and Justin Timberlake. A special recognition award went to the charity War Child.

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