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Last Updated:  Friday, 21 February, 2003, 13:50 GMT
Will Young scoops Brit Award
Will Young
Young dedicated the Brit Award to two friends
Pop Idol winner Will Young is celebrating after scooping an award at Britain's biggest music award ceremony - beating a list of contenders including hot favourite Ms Dynamite.

He also triumphed over The Streets, Liberty X and The Coral to pick up the Brit Award for Best Breakthrough Artist voted for by Radio 1 listeners.

The accolade saw the 24-year-old from Berkshire being acknowledged as a credible artist by the music industry.

In February 2002, he beat fellow pop star Gareth Gates to win the TV talent show Pop Idol.

Dedicated award

His double A-side debut single, Evergreen/Anything Is Possible became the fastest-selling single of all time, selling over a million copies in its first week.

A delighted Young said: "I don't know what to say, I was too busy clapping for Ms Dynamite."

He dedicated the award to two friends, James and Sarah, who he said were ill.

Young's close friend and rival, Pop Idol runner-up Gareth Gates, had two nominations in the best British single category - where four of the five nominations were for artists created through TV talent shows.

Alcohol restrictions

Liberty X picked up the prize for Just A Little, leaving Gates empty-handed.

The awards, hosted by Davina McCall, were kicked off by US star Pink who sang a medley of her two hits, Get The Party Started and Just Like A Pill.

There were several changes to the ceremony at London's Earl Court - including a new seating plan and alcohol available backstage rather than throughout the ceremony.

Organisers also opted for theatre-style rows of seating instead of having guests sitting at tables as in recent years.



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