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Keane, Scissor Sisters and Franz Ferdinand lead the way at Brits 2005

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 and Fears.

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 Natasha Bedingfield.

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 Your Game.

Muse were crowned the king of the live acts, beating favourites Franz Ferdinand.

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 time.

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