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David Bowie has won Best British Male trophy at this year’s BRIT Awards in London, although he was not there in person to collect his award.

Arctic Monkeys won both Best Group and Best Album for the third time.

Ellie Goulding won Best British Female, while pop act One Direction were honored for their global success for the second year running.

Kate Moss collected David Bowie’s prize and read a speech on his behalf urging Scottish voters to reject independence.

“I’m completely delighted to have a BRIT for being the best male – but I am, aren’t I Kate? Yes. I think it’s a great way to end the day. Thank you very, very much and Scotland stay with us,” were David Bowie’s words – as delivered by Kate Moss.

One Direction also won Best British Video, in a public vote.

Their win, for the track Best Song Ever, was helped by their 17.8 million-strong Twitter followers.

The ceremony at the O2 Arena also featured a host of performances, including from Beyonce and Katy Perry, who put on a colorful, Egyptian-themed show.

However, Katy Perry lost out to New Zealander Lorde in the race for Best International Female.

Kate Moss collected David Bowie's Best British Male award and read a speech on his behalf

Kate Moss collected David Bowie’s Best British Male award and read a speech on his behalf

Bruno Mars also gave a live performance, just shortly after picking up the prize for Best International Male.

David Bowie’s prize came at the expense of four much younger hopefuls – Jake Bugg, Tom Odell, John Newman and Mercury Prize winner James Blake.

At 67, David Bowie is the oldest recipient of a BRIT Award in the ceremony’s history and the award comes 18 years since his last BRITs success.

David Bowie, who released his The Next Day album after a 10-year hiatus, previously won Best British Male in 1984.

However, David Bowie, who spends much of his time in New York, did not attend the gala.

Noel Gallagher, announcing the award, remarked: “You maniacs didn’t think he’d actually be here? David Bowie’s too cool for that.”

The ceremony was wound up with a medley by Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers.

Ellie Goulding lifted the first prize of the night and said she was “genuinely in shock” and “shaking”.

Her award, presented by singer Prince, comes four years after she was named the Critics’ Choice, a prize won this year by Sam Smith.

Arctic Monkeys repeated their Best Group triumph of 2007 and 2008, and frontman Alex Turner joked that they had put money on rivals One Direction to win.

While One Direction scooped two prizes, they were denied a third by dance group Rudimental, who won Best British Single for the number one hit Waiting All Night.

From a clutch of three nominations, Bastille were named Best British Breakthrough Act, while French dance act Daft Punk took Best International Group.

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This year’s BRIT Awards took place at London’s O2 Arena on February 19.

The complete list of this year’s winners and other nominations:

British Male Solo Artist

Winner: David Bowie

Jake Bugg

James Blake

John Newman

Tom Odell

British Female Solo Artist

Winner: Ellie Goulding


Jessie J

Laura Marling

Laura Mvula

British Breakthrough Act

Winner: Bastille


Laura Mvula

London Grammar

Tom Odell

British Group

Winner: Arctic Monkeys



One Direction


British Single

Winner: Rudimental ft Ella Eyre – Waiting All Night

Bastille – Pompeii

Calvin Harris and Ellie Goulding – I Need Your Love

This year’s Brit Awards took place at London's O2 Arena on February 19

This year’s BRIT Awards took place at London’s O2 Arena on February 19

Disclosure ft AlunaGeorge – White Noise

Ellie Goulding – Burn

John Newman – Love Me Again

Naughty Boy ft Sam Smith – La La La

Olly Murs – Dear Darling

One Direction – One Way Or Another

Passenger – Let Her Go

British video

Winner: One Direction – Best Song Ever

Calvin Harris and Ellie Goulding – I Need Your Love

Ellie Goulding – Burn

John Newman – Love Me Again

Naughty Boy ft Sam Smith – La La La

British Album of the Year

Winner: Arctic Monkeys – AM

Bastille – Bad Blood

David Bowie – The Next Day

Disclosure – Settle

Rudimental – Home

International Male Solo Artist

Winner: Bruno Mars



John Grant

Justin Timberlake

International Female Solo Artist

Winner: Lorde

Janelle Monae

Katy Perry

Lady Gaga


International Group

Winner: Daft Punk

Arcade Fire


Kings of Leon

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis

Critics’ Choice

Winner: Sam Smith

Also nominated: Ella Eyre, Chloe Howl

British producer

Winner: Flood and Alan Moulder

Ethan Johns

Paul Epworth

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