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Brit Awards 2009: Duffy scores hat-trick of wins


Story by Jack Foley

DUFFY was the toast of the 2009 Brit Awards after securing a hat-trick of wins, including the coveted best British album prize.

The 24-year-old Welsh star visibly fought back tears as she accepted the award, saying it was the result of “five years’ work”. She was also named best British female artist and best British breakthrough artist.

Commenting on her British female award, she added: “It’s a real honour to be here. British female – I don’t know what that means, but it’s a good job my mum didn’t have a boy.”

The ceremony, held in London on Wednesday (February 18, 2009), proved a lavish, star-studded occasion, with live performances from Coldplay and The Pet Shop Boys (who were joined on stage by The Killers’ Brandon Flowers and Lady GaGa) among the highlights.

Further Brit winners

Elbow added to their recent awards collection by being named best British group ahead of the likes of Radiohead and Coldplay, while Girls Aloud won best British single, for The Promise and Paul Weller was crowned best British male.

Receiving their prize from former Baywatch star David Hasselhoff, Elbow’s lead singer Guy Garvey cheekily joked: “You will not believe how long it has taken to get this close to the Hoff – but it’s worth it.”

Girls Aloud singer Sarah Harding, meanwhile, declared that “it’s about time” as she took to the stage to accept the best British single trophy, as voted for by members of the public.

Of the other major prizes, US rockers Kings of Leon took home two – best international group and best international album.

And the best British live act, chosen by listeners of BBC Radio 2, went to heavy metal legends Iron Maiden.

I Kissed A Girl singer Katy Perry was named best international female artist and attended the ceremony despite being ill, while rapper Kanye West was named best international male artist.

The Pet Shop Boys received an outstanding contribution award and closed the show by performing a medley of their hits, including West End Girls, Go West and Always On My Mind.

The show was opened by Irish rockers U2, who performed their new single, Get On Your Boots, which was released in shops on Monday.

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