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Brit Awards 2010: Lady Gaga wins three awards

A publicity shot from the inimitable Lady Gaga.

Story by Jack Foley

AMERICAN artist Lady Gaga emerged as the big winner at the Brit Awards, scoring a hat-trick of trophies.

The controversial performer won all three prizes she was nominated for, including best international female artist and breakthrough act. She also took best international album for The Fame.

She also performed at the ceremony and guaranteed herself maximum exposure by arriving in a spectacular three-tiered white dress and a tall white wig.

Battling back the tears after picking up her first trophy, the clearly emotional singer said: “I love my fans, thank you my fans in the UK. I can’t tell you how much this means to me.”

Upon receiving her third, she added: “You know, I was really excited to win the first two awards but this means even more to be because I worked so hard on it [The Fame] for so long.”

The awards mean that Lady Gaga becomes the first act to end the night with three Brits since the Scissor Sisters did the same in 2005.

Of the other main award winners at the ceremony, Kasabian were named best British group, beating the likes of Muse and JLS, while Lily Allen was named best female solo artist ahead of Florence & The Machine and Leona Lewis.

Rapper Dizzee Rascal took the best British male solo artist and made a bid for Brit notoriety by declaring: “It’s about time as well.”

Allen, on the other hand, displayed a little more modesty upon accepting the prize, stating: “I only wore this wig because I thought it would be hard for the cameramen to find me to catch my disappointed face.”

There were more showy acts from another of the night’s winners, however, when Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher accepted the award for best album for (What’s the Story) Morning Glory – one of two special awards created to celebrate the best of the Brits over the past 30 years.

In typically brash fashion, Liam threw the trophy into the crowd, along with his microphone. Oasis, of course, announced their split last year when brother Noel said he was walking away for good.

Refusing to acknowledge his brother, Liam added: “Listen kids, I wanna thank bald head (Bonehead), Guigs, Alan White and the best f**king fans in the world.”

Further prizes on the night went to X Factor runners-up JLS, who picked up the prize for best British breakthrough, and US rapper Jay-Z, who was named best international male.

Commenting on their trophy, Ortise Williams, of JLS, said: “We never ever thought this would happen, this is beyond our wildest dreams.”

Florence And The Machine’s Lungs, meanwhile, won the Brit Award for the MasterCard British Album.

Singer Ellie Goulding received the critics’ choice prize, which tips a new act for success in the coming year, and Robbie Williams was presented with the honorary award for outstanding contribution to music, before ending the Earl’s Court show with a live performance.

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