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Brits 2008: Mark Ronson and Kate Nash win top awards

Mark Ronson

Story by Jack Foley

SUPER-producer Mark Ronson has become the first non-singer to land a prestigious prize at the Brit Awards – having been named best British male artist.

The 32-year-old has enjoyed a phenomenal year following the release of his album Version, which featured new interpretations of classic tracks from artists like Radiohead and Kaiser Chiefs, as well as notable collaborations with the likes of Lily Allen and Amy Winehouse.

A clearly surprised Ronson told the audience: “I’ve never felt so British or male before in my life. I didn’t think my chances were great but I’d just like to say thank you to everybody here.”

The best British female artist, meanwhile, was Kate Nash, who triumphed over the likes of KT Tunstall and Leona Lewis to accept the prize from actor James Nesbitt.

Picking up the trophy, she thanked her family for the support they have shown, as well as her management, before describing the moment as “surreal”.

Of the acts to triumph in more than one category, Sheffield favourites the Arctic Monkeys took the best British band and best British album [Favourite Worst Nightmare] awards and received their prizes dressed in traditional English rural clothing (including brown wellies and flat caps).

While pre-ceremony favourites Take That also picked up two top prizes, for Best British Live Act and best British single [Shine].

Accepting the award for best live act, Gary Barlow and Jason Orange described it as “unbelievable” before adding: “This is a wonderful thing for us, we’re so honoured to do it.”

Mika, meanwhile, received the British Breakthrough Act award after performing a medley of his hits to open the show. The singer was euphoric with glee upon hearing his name read out and screamed with delight upon receiving his prize from actor Jonathan Rhys Myers.

The pop star beat competition from the likes of Leona Lewis, Klaxons, Kate Nash and Bat For Lashes.

International prizes and other winners

US rapper Kanye West was named best international male artist but did not attend the London ceremony, instead saying thank you via a pre-recorded message that was typically confident.

“I’m sure there’s someone who deserves this more than me, but I just don’t know who they are,” he commented.

Kylie Minogue, meanwhile, won best international act and immediately expressed her gratitude and thanks. She had earlier performed her current single, Wow to an extremely appreciative audience.

US rockers The Foo Fighters were among the biggest individual successes on the night, picking up two prizes – for best international group and best international album for Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace.

Accepting both prizes via video message, lead singer Dave Grohl said of the best albun win: “Thanks very much for the Brit Award – it really is an honour to be recognised alongside the likes of Huey Lewis And The News, Culture Club, MC Hammer and Kula Shaker.

“These are all people who have won Brit Awards. I’m glad to see we’ve graduated to such lofty ranks. Sorry we couldn’t be there, but we’ve just sold out Madison Square Garden.”

Hotly-tipped newcomer Adele, a graduate of the BRIT School in Croydon, south London, also went some way to making good on her potential by landing the Critics’ Choice award, which she received from Will Young.

The London-based singer admitted that her heart was “beating so fast” and she also thanked her “beautiful” mother for the support she has shown.

Former Beatle Sir Paul McCartney – currently negotiating a high-profile divorce settlement – was among the other performers on the night, as well as the recipient of an outstanding contribution award.

The 2008 Brit Awards were hosted by Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne and took place at London’s Earl’s Court on Wednesday, February 20, 2008.

  1. Is the first american to win in this category too? The brits have lost all credibility with this award – Ronson is rubbish

    Sam    Feb 22    #