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Saturday, 4 March, 2000, 12:14 GMT
Tom tops the Brits poll
Tom Jones
Tom Jones picks up his award for Best British Male
Wales's Tom Jones has won the Best British Male vocalist award at the Brits 2000 music awards.

The pop veteran was in the running for the first time in his 36-year career.

Two other Welsh singers were also celebrating at the ceremony held at Earl's Court 2 in London on Friday.

Lisa Scott-Lee and Ian "H" Watkins are members of the band Steps which won the award for Best Selling British Live Act.

But it was a disappointing night for other Welsh bands.

Lisa Scott-Lee (left) and "H" (right) from Steps
The Stereophonics and The Manic Street Preachers were both hotly tipped for prizes.

But The Stereophonics were pipped by Scottish band Travis in the Best British Group and Best British Album categories.

While The Manic Street Preachers' hit You Stole The Sun From My Heart was beaten by Robbie Williams's She's The One in the Best British Single award.

And Cardiff singer Charlotte Church, nominated for Best British Newcomer, lost out to the band S Club 7.

The Stereophonics
The Stereophonics missed out on two awards
Comic Ben Elton presented the Best British Male award to Jones.

He received a standing ovation as he swaggered to the stage to say: "I've won a lot of awards in my career but this one tops them all. Thank you."

Jones, 59, is a grandfather but his raw sex appeal still induces palpitations in women a third of his age.

The Pontypridd-born star's first hit, It's Not Unusual, was a number one in 1965 and immaculately showcased his powerful, resonant voice.

Others like Delilah, What's New Pussycat and the Bond theme Thunderball followed, paving the way for a successful TV career from 1969 to 1974 with his entertainment show This is Tom Jones.

It earned him the distinction of holding the largest British TV contract - worth 9 million. The seventies were leaner. He had only a smattering of hits, instead preferring to enjoy his riches in California and step out on the US cabaret circuit.

Tom Jones
Tom Jones singing at the Brits
However his chart career - and his credibility - were boosted in the eighties when he collaborated with The Art of Noise on their version of Prince's hit Kiss.

Since then there has been no looking back. In recent years he has wowed the crowds as a surprise guest at Glastonbury Festival, had a cameo film role in the alien invasion spoof Mars Attacks! and performed a show-stopping duet with Robbie Williams at the 1998 Brit Awards.

Last year, shortly after picking up an OBE, he teamed up with contemporary acts like The Cardigans, Cerys Matthews of Catatonia and Stereophonics for his Reload album of cover versions - the tracks which helped him to this year's Brit award.

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