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Brit Awards 2012: Adele and Ed Sheeran win two trophies

Adele

Story by Jack Foley

ADELE and Ed Sheeran emerged as the big winners at this year’s Brit Awards in London.

The former picked up her two prizes for best British female and British album, adding to the six Grammys she won last weekend. She did, however, lose out on the best British single award, which went instead to boy band One Direction for their single, What Makes You Beautiful.

Sheeran, meanwhile, took home trophies for best British male and British breakthrough having gone into the star-studded London ceremony with the most nominations.

Coldplay were crowned best British group for a record third time.

Commenting on her success at landing best British album, the night’s top prize, Adele said: “Nothing makes me prouder than coming home with six Grammys and then coming to the Brits and winning album of the year. I’m so proud to be British and to be flying our flag.”

She was, however, cut off by host James Corden, prompting boos from the audience, before adding: “Can I just say, then, goodbye and I’ll see you next time round.”

The album in question, 21, beat off competition from the likes of Coldplay’s Mylo Xyloto, Florence + The Machine’s Ceremonials, PJ Harvey’s Let England Shake and Ed Sheeran’s +.

But despite missing out on best album, Sheeran was obviously delighted with his brace, especially for best British male, which he beat Noel Gallagher, James Morrison, James Blake and Professor Green to landing.

Clutching his trophy, the 21-year-old newcomer told the crowd: “I honestly didn’t think I’d get this one.”

And commenting on Coldplay’s award, as voted for by listeners to BBC Radio 2, frontman Chris Martin said it was “very humbling”. The award means that Coldplay have now won the trophy more times than any other band.

In other Brit categories, Rihanna was crowned international female, US pop star Bruno Mars was named best international male and Foo Fighters won best international group.

Lana Del Ray, meanwhile, took the international breakthrough trophy, prompting her to tell the enthusiastic crowd: “This award means much more to me than you know and I just want to say that without the support of everyone in this room and everyone in the UK I’d really be lost.”

As previously reported, Blur picked up the outstanding contribution honour, who lit up the ceremony by performing a medley of their hits.

Singer Damon Albarn then told the crowd: “Last time we were here was 17 years ago and what happened that night seemed to have a really profound effect on our lives, so it’s very nice to come back and say thank you very much for this honour.”

The event also featured tributes to late singers Whitney Houston and Amy Winehouse.

View the full list of winners