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Brit Awards 2014: David Bowie and Arctic Monkeys among winners

Arctic Monkeys. Photo by Zackery Michael

Story by Jack Foley

DAVID Bowie has been crowned best best British male at the Brit Awards in London following the release of his surprise album, The Next Day last year.

But Arctic Monkeys (pictured) emerged as the night’s biggest winners by being crowned best British group for the third time and seeing their latest album, AM, take the coveted title of British album of the year ahead of Bowie’s comeback LP.

Boy band One Direction also walked away with two prizes on the night – best British video for Best Song Ever and another in recognition of their global success (for the second year running).

However, they were beaten by Rudimental in the battle for best British single – the drum ‘n’ bass popsters being recognised for their record, Waiting All Night .

Ellie Goulding won best British female, while Bastille were named best British breakthrough act.

French dance act Daft Punk took best international group, while Bruno Mars was crowned best international male solo artist and Lorde took best international female solo artist.

The awards ceremony was held at London’s O2 Arena and was presided over by comedian James Corden for the third and final time.

Bowie’s victory was only the third Brit success of his career and comes 18 years after his last one. At 67, he becomes the oldest recipient of a Brit Award in the ceremony’s history.

His triumph came against Jake Bugg, Tom Odell, John Newman and Mercury Prize winner James Blake.

However, the reclusive star – who spends most of his time in New York – was not at the ceremony to collect his accolade.

Best female artist Goulding was, however, and she told the audience: “This means so much to me, I can’t even tell you.”

Sheffield’s Arctic Monkeys, meanwhile, repeated their best group triumph of 2007 and 2008, promoting frontman Alex Turner to joke that they had put money on rivals One Direction to win.

View the full list of winners