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Brits 2007: Arctic Monkeys and Killers triumph

The Arctic Monkeys

Story by Jack Foley

THE Arctic Monkeys and, urm, The Killers were the big winners at this year’s Brit Awards, taking home two awards apiece.

The Sheffield-based band won best British group and best British album for Whatever People Say, That’s What I’m Not, while the Las Vegas-based Killers won best international group and best international album (for Sam’s Town).

Both acts were the only bands to pick up more than one award – although the Arctic Monkeys were not at the London-based ceremony to pick up their prizes, instead opting to send acceptance videos dressed as characters from The Wizard of Oz and The Village People.

In their acceptance video for best British album, they said they were “busy rehearsing for the year ahead” although singer Alex Turner described the prize as “very special”, adding: “It’s much appreciated by us all.”

In other categories, singer-songwriter James Morrison won best British male and soul star Amy Winehouse was crowned best British female.

Take That’s Patience took the Best British single category in the event’s first live public vote, beating off competition from Snow Patrol, Razorlight, The Feeling and Will Young. It marked the reformed boy band’s first Brit Award since 1996.

And rock group Muse won best British live act, having been voted for by listeners of BBC Radio 2. It was the second time they’ve won the award.

Amazingly, Lily Allen, who was won of the favourites going into the ceremony with four nominations, was forced to leave empty handed – as did Corinne Bailey Rae, Snow Patrol and Gnarls Barkley, all acts with a string of nominations.

US pop star Justin Timberlake was named best international male, and Canada’s Nelly Furtado won best international female.

Commenting on his trophy for best British male, James Morrison said: “I really, really didn’t expect this. I did try to think of a speech but I didn’t want to pre-empt losing. I’d just like to say I can’t believe I’m here. This one’s for every singer-songwriter still playing in pubs.”

Won of the night’s biggest surprises occurred when Scottish indie group The Fratellis beat James Morrison, Lily Allen, Corinne Bailey Rae and The Kooks to be named best British breakthrough act, as voted for by BBC Radio 1 listeners.

Californian group Orson won the international breakthrough award, voted for by MTV viewers.

And Oasis were honoured with an award for outstanding contribution to music before performing several of their biggest hits live.

This year’s Brits event was themed around love and hate, with Oasis performing on the “hate” stage and Take That on the “love” one.

The ceremony was hosted by comic Russell Brand, who had the challenging task of broadcasting live on TV for the first time since 1989, when Samantha Fox was a co-host with Mick Fleetwood.

The winners in full