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Brit Awards 2013: Frank Ocean, Emeli Sande and Lana Del Rey All Score Wins

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It’s right that the Brit awards should be presented by someone so truly, madly British as
actor James Corden. If you’ve never caught the incredibly funny Gavin and Stacey, you really should take a look. He co-wrote it and stole the show. Genius. He really is one of our favourite sons and after last year’s embarrassing moment when Brit producers used him to cut short Adele in mid-speech, he did a great job of keeping sanity among some crazy awards and live performances.

There was something slightly bizarre, then to have Taylor Swift presenting the first award, celebrating the best British female solo artist, especially when it came to be won by Emeli Sandé, consolidating the first of her three nominations into a win. Extraordinarily talented and – let me be honest here – WAY more engaging than Miss Swift, we’re proud of the Emeli we’ve met and come to love in the last 12 months. Sad that it didn’t go to Amy Winehouse, but there ain’t enough awards in the world to recognize that talent.

Best British Group went, not surprisingly, to the totally, totally brilliant Mumford and Sons and then British Breakthrough Act – voted for by BBC Radio 1 listeners – to the humble Ben Howard. Last year’s Best British Male (I think they just meant musically, but who knows?) was presented by last year’s winner, Ed Sheeran then went to … Ben Howard. Who was still surprisingly humble.

Critic’s Choice went for the first time to a man. Tom O’Dell would have been my choice, if they’d asked me. So that’s all right then. A prodigious talent.

We love Lana Del Rey, who walked off with International Breakthrough Artist in 2012, so it’s fitting that she won International Female Award 2013, even though she now lives in the UK, so technically she counts as one of us.

The nominees for British Live Act included The Rolling Stones but was stolen from them by Coldplay, while the Best British Single was a really tough call, although nominations were based on the biggest sales success in 2012. Although Adele couldn’t make it to the event, her ‘Skyfall’ scooped the award and no doubt her rehearsal for the Oscars gave her a valid excuse for absence. Sadly, the award for Best International Group also went to an absentee – The Black Keys.

International Male award went to Frank Ocean. Nice choice from the Brits and another popular winner was Special Recognition for War Child UK. Check out their work if you can.

There really was no competition for British Album of the Year. Had to be Emeli Sandé’s ‘Our Version Of Events’. Maybe, albeit grudgingly, the Global Success Award was similarly deservedly won by One Direction. Can’t argue that they’re popular. Still confident that the night went to Emeli Sandé for closing the whole thing.

Other live performances at the O2 were kicked off by Muse, followed by the awesome Robbie Williams. Fatherhood has definitely not dimmed his talent. Justin Timberlake did it the way only he can on stage and even One Direction weren’t awful – especially as their single is raising funds for Comic Relief this year – and then there was Taylor Swift. Thankfully, Ben Howard wowed and Mumford & Sons split the audience – love them or hate them, they all proved a pretty healthy state of British music right now.