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Brit Awards 2006 - Kaiser Chiefs win three awards

Kaiser Chiefs

Story by Jack Foley

KAISER Chiefs won three out of the five awards they were nominated for at the 2006 Brit Awards, including best British group and best rock act.

The Leeds-based indie stalwarts went into the evening as favourites and did not disappoint, emerging with some of the top awards to the obvious delight of frontman, Ricky Wilson, who exclaimed ‘this means the world’.

But they were not the only band to enjoy success on the night. Coldplay and Green Day also took home two awards each, as did singer James Blunt.

Coldplay took the best album prize for X&Y, as well as best single for lead track, Speed of Sound. While James Blunt won best pop act and best British male.

Other notable winners included the Arctic Monkeys, who took home the best British breakthrough act, and KT Tunstall, who was named best British female.

Green Day’s trophies came for best international group and best international album for American Idiot, while Madonna won best international female.

Popular US singer-songwriter Jack Johnson was deservedly named best international breakthrough act, while the best urban artist was by Lemar.

US star Kanye West was named best international male and then celebrated by performing his track Golddigger accompanied by 77 women wearing gold body paint and wearing bikinis.

Lastly, but by no means least, Paul Weller was presented with the outstanding contribution to music award by actor Ray Winstone.

What they had to say

Best British male winner, James Blunt, was in jovial mood after picking up two awards on the night, even alluding to some of the bad press surrounding him.

He commented: “I have been accused so many times of singing like a girl that it is amazing to be the best male.”

Madonna, meanwhile, paid tribute to her British fans, ‘without whom I would just be another singer across the pond’.

Chris Martin, meanwhile, hinted that Coldplay would be staying away from the limelight for a little while, before paying tribute to both Madonna and James Blunt, adding: “Stop giving him a hard time. Be proud, he’s British.”

This year’s Brits ceremony was hosted by Chris Evans and took place at London’s Earl’s Court on February 15.

Other live performances came from Kaiser Chiefs, who kicked off the event with a rousing version of their hit, I Predict A Riot and Prince, who performed his 1980s hits Purple Rain and Let’s Go Crazy to rapturous applause.