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KT ecstatic at Brit Award success
KT Tunstall
KT Tunstall said she wanted to share her award with Kate Bush
Singer KT Tunstall has spoken of her joy at winning the Brit Award for Best British Female Solo Artist 2006.

The former Edinburgh busker became the first Scottish woman to win the prestigious music title since Annie Lennox 10 years ago.

The 30-year-old, who was the headline act at Edinburgh's most recent Hogmanay party, said she had enjoyed an "extraordinary year".

James Blunt was Best Male Solo Artist and Kaiser Chiefs took three awards.

Speaking after the Brits show at Earl's Court in London, Tunstall, from St Andrews, said: "I am absolutely over the moon. It feels so good.

I feel I'm up there with the boys doing my thing and rocking out as much as I can, I'm loving it
KT Tunstall

"I feel, after an extraordinary year, I feel I'm up there with the boys doing my thing and rocking out as much as I can, I'm loving it. I'm so glad I won."

The singer, who was relatively unknown this time last year, got her big break when she was called up as a stand-in for rapper Nas on BBC Two show Later With Jools Holland.

"Well, I'm delighted to be British and I'm even happier to be female so to win this Brit is pretty cool," she said as she accepted her award, adding that she wanted to share it with fellow nominee Kate Bush.

The Fife singer-songwriter's debut album Eye To The Telescope, which was released in December 2004, has sold more than a million copies in the UK.

She had been nominated for British Female, British Breakthrough Act and British Live Act.


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