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Monkeys scoop top gongs
Arctic Monkeys have been named as the best British group at this year's Brits, as well as winning the best British album award.

Arctic Monkeys
The band had their second acceptance speech cut short when they started pretending they had been to the BRIT school.

It's the second year in a row the Sheffield band have taken the best group gong at London's Earls Court.

Take That also took home two trophies, winning best British single for Shine and best British live act.

Singer Jason Orange said: "We've worked so hard over the years. We still try to dance at 37-years-old.

Take That
Take That had an unexpectedly successful reunion tour in 2006

"I've got an arthritic knee, a slipped disc to go. Howard punctured a lung on the last tour, so... we appear before you bruised and battered but dead chuffed."

Foo Fighters also went away with a double for best international group, as well as best international album for Echoes, Silence, Patience and Grace.

Mika took home the best British breakthrough act in the category voted for by Radio 1 listeners. He performed a duet with Gossip frontwoman Beth Ditto to open the show.

BRIT School graduate Kate Nash was presented with best British female and said hello to her mates in the audience.

Best British male went to music producer Mark Ronson, who has lived in the US since he was eight but that didn't stop him getting very excited.

My dad played lots of records with trumpets in it when I was growing up
Mark Ronson

He said: "I've never felt so British or male in my life.

"I guess the ironic thing about winning best British solo artist [is] when all my songs depend on the collaborations of brilliant artists like Amy Winehouse, Lily Allen, Daniel Merriweather, Robbie Williams..."

"My dad played lots of records with trumpets in it when I was growing up, so I guess that's when my obsession started."

He was joined on stage by Amy Winehouse for a special rendition of Valerie for which she received huge applause.

She later performed a solo version of Love is A Losing Game in her first public performance since being treated in rehab, and gave a special mention to husband Blake Fielder-Civil.

Doctor Who actor David Tennant presented co-star Kylie Minogue with the best international female award.

She said: "I'm all overcome. This is so incredible."

Kylie Minogue
Kylie beat off competition from Rihanna for international female

She performed her latest single Wow with an army of dancers dressed in shiny tracksuits.

The Critics' Choice Award, which had been announced before the night, went to another BRIT School graduate, Adele, and was presented by Will Young.

Sir Paul McCartney picked up his Outstanding contribution to music award from Kylie and said: "I just think British music's the best."

He closed the show with a medley of his best-known hits including Hey Jude and Live & Let Die, surrounded by spectacular pyrotechnics.

Rihanna teamed up with nu-ravers Klaxons to perform her long-running number one single Umbrella in a pyramid of green strobe lights.

Kelly Rowland was there to present best international male solo artist to Kanye West who sent his thanks via a video message.

Other performances at the ceremony, which this year had a "punk versus rock" theme, came from Leona Lewis, Kaiser Chiefs and Adele.

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