Story: Jack Foley
KEANE, Franz Ferdinand and The Scissor Sisters emerged as the
big winners at the 2005 Brit Awards.
Keane capped a memorable 2004 by being named the best breakthrough
act, as well as best British album for the brilliant Hopes
While Franz Ferdinand, who led the nominations field with five
in total, walked off with best rock act and best British group.
They dedicated the award to late DJ, John Peel.
US outfit, The Scissor Sisters, emerged as the biggest overall
winners, however, with three awards.
Having enjoyed a phenomenally successful 2004 in the UK, where
their eponymous debut album was the year's biggest
seller, the Scissor Sisters won the best international act
and newcomer awards, as well as best international album.
Young singing sensation, Joss Stone, also walked away with two
of the top prizes - best female artist and best urban act.
This year's awards ceremony, held at Earl's Court, marked the
25th anniversary of the showpiece event and boasted a suitably
impressive array of talent (as well as a few special awards).
Former Big Breakfast presenter, Chris
Eveans, hosted the evening, while live acts came from Scissor
Sisters - who kicked things off with a rousing version of Take
Your Mama - as well as Green Day, The Streets, and Daniel and
Robbie Williams, who performed a duet with Joss Stone, also picked
up a prize for the best British song of the past 25 years in the
form of Angels, the track he sang on the night.
Angels beat off competition from the likes of Queen, Joy Division,
Kate Bush and Will Young, who did win the best single prize for
Muse were crowned the king of the live acts, beating favourites
And Gwen Stefani picked up the best international female artist
award, while Eminem won the best male prize, and McFly took the
best pop act accolade.
Of the tributes and thank yous made on the night, Keane's lead
singer, Tom Chaplin, praised fans for enduring 'rubbish gigs'.
"A lot of people don't think it's cool that we've had the
guts to be ourselves but it's a vital part of who we are as a
band and receiving this is recognition of that," he explained.
While Scissor Sisters singer, Jake Shears, thanked his record
label 'for taking a gamble' on them and the British public 'for
embracing us and giving us the best year of our lives'.
Bob Geldof won a prize for his outstanding contribution to music
on the same week that the Boomtown
Rats released their entire back catalogue on CD for the first