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Girls Aloud finally bag a Brit

By Sarah Jane Griffiths
Newsbeat entertainment reporter at the Brits

Cheryl Cole, Sarah Harding, Nadine Coyle, Nicola Roberts and Kimberley Walsh from Girls Aloud
Girls Aloud show their delight at winning their first Brit award after seven years

After seven years together it was Girls Aloud's night to shine at the Brits 2009.

They had every man in the room drooling over their showgirl-style performance of The Promise, which might have been the idea.

They were dressed in spangly, peach corsets, while men took turns covering them up with big pink feathers.

It might just have won them British single for the same track too, the only award decided on the night by a public vote.

They changed into slightly less revealing outfits to pick up the award and come backstage afterwards waving it around.

Girls Aloud
Girls Aloud perform their Brit-winning single The Promise
"We're ecstatic!" shouted Sarah. "It's all a bit surreal at the minute," added the nation's favourite, Cheryl who had husband Ashley Cole tucking into dinner by her side during the awards. "This is just the cherry on the cake for all those years."

But armed with their Brit the girls were ready to brush off those rumours they'll soon be going their separate ways for solo superstardom and got a bit growly about being asked.

"I think that's a really bad question to ask on a night like this and it's really lowering the tone," Cheryl told the press conference.

"We just won a Brit that was voted for by the public and I think us being here tonight shuts that question up."

Girls Aloud fans can breathe a sigh of relief then.

Sharp dresser

The award for the biggest security man of the night goes to Estelle, whose bodyguard was almost double her height even with her skyscraper heals.

She looked great on the red carpet in outfit number one of three - a Dolce&Gabbana, cream, satin minidress with shoulders fit for an American footballer.

"I like the shapes and the angles, the jewels. And how it looks so Elizabethan. I was like, 'Yeah, I want that one'," she told Newsbeat on the red carpet.

Katie White from The Ting Tings with Estelle
Katie White from The Ting Tings sings a mash up track with Estelle
She didn't seem too bothered about missing out on British female either, pulling off one of the best performances of the night, a mash up of two The Ting Tings tracks and American Boy.

Gabriella Cilmi, meanwhile, came in a dress her mum made and won the prize for honesty on the subject of goody bags.

She said: "I just take as much stuff as I can and then give it to my friends as presents."

Meanwhile, the Newsbeat award for laziest celeb goes to Lady GaGa, who had someone else to put her shoe back on when it fell off backstage.

She and The Killers teamed up with outstanding contribution winners The Pet Shop Boys and afterwards she shared the other highlight of her night.

She said: "I loved Kings of Leon. And my make-up artist was yelling at me, because my eyes always well up when Chris Martin sings. That's what my favourite was."

Which could be just the fact to cheer Coldplay up a bit after they walked away with no awards despite being nominated four times.

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