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Last Updated: Tuesday, 17 February, 2004, 21:14 GMT
In pictures: Brit Awards 2004
The Darkness
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The Darkness stormed the Brits, taking three awards, but the night was not just about the glam-rock revivalists.
Beyonce Knowles
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Beyonce Knowles, who won best international female, turned heads as she arrived.
Beyonce Knowles
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Beyonce's stage show also created a stir.
Gwen Stefani and Missy Elliot
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No Doubt's Gwen Stefani joined Missy Elliot (behind) and Alicia Keys (out of view) to perform Prince's song Kiss.
50 Cent
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Hip-hop star 50 Cent continued his rapid rise to fame, picking up the international breakthrough prize.
Dido
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Dido won two awards - but had to thank the audience by video. She dropped out of the awards to concentrate on her tour and recording her new album.
Katie Melua and Jamie Cullum
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Katie Melua and Jamie Cullum took Dido's place to perform their version of The Cure's Love Cats.
Muse
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Muse came away empty-handed - but performed their track Hysteria.
Busted
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Busted stole away with British breakthrough and pop act - and performed The Undertones' Teenage Kicks.
Justin Timberlake
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Soberly-dressed Justin Timberlake also picked up two awards. "Stick with me - we've got depression and drug addiction to go through," he joked.
Duran Duran
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Duran Duran took the applause when they won the outstanding achievement award.
Justin Hawkins
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But it was The Darkness who grabbed the headlines - after an amazing 12 months for the Suffolk band.






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