Two days after taking the top prize at the Grammy Awards, Canadians Arcade Fire claimed both Best International Band and Best International Album (“The Suburbs”) at the BRIT Awards. While newcomer Justin Bieber was bested by Eperanza Spalding at the Grammys, he won Best Breakthough International Act at these kudos.
Rihanna, who opened the show, was later named Best International Female Solo Artist. Cheryl Cole, who presented that prize, revealed that she had a “girl crush” on the songbird. Cole, a one-time member of Girls Aloud, lost both her BRIT bids — British Female Solo Artist prize to Laura Marling and the British Single award to Tinie Tempah (“Pass Out”). That young rapper also won Best British Breakthrough Act.
Other winners included Mumford & Sons whose debut disc “Sigh No More” was named Best British Album. Among those it edged out was “Progress” from the reunited Take That who had to settle for Best British Band. And Cee Lo Green won Best International Male Solo Artist while Plan B won the British equivalent.
James Corden hosted these kudos at London’s O2 Arena and they aired live on commercial broadcaster ITV and BBC radio.