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Madonna suffered whiplash as a result of her on stage fall at this year’s Brit Awards.

Madonna, 56, was pulled backwards off stage by a cape, which was supposed to fall from her shoulders.

In an interview on The Jonathan Ross Show, taped on February 26, Madonna said: “I had a little bit of whiplash, I smacked the back of my head.

“And I had a man standing over me with a flashlight until about 3am to make sure I was compos mentis.”

The singer added: “I know how to fall, I have fallen off my horse many times.”

Madonna blamed her fall on a wardrobe malfunction, saying her cape had been tied too tightly, meaning it could not be unfastened in time.Madonna falls BRIT Awards 2015

“Everyone was worried my cape would slide off, so they tied it really tight around my neck,” explained the singer.

“I got to the top of the stairs and I pulled the silky string, and it wouldn’t come undone.

“I had two choices: I could either be strangled or fall, and I chose to fall.”

Madonna recovered and finished her performance, which was the finale of the Brit Awards – where Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith were the big winners.

She refused to watch a replay of the incident on The Jonathan Ross Show, which will be broadcast on ITV1 on February 28.

“It was a nightmare,” Madonna said.

“I actually created a horror show for everyone.”

Madonna said that she would not be recreating the performance on her forthcoming tour.

“No more capes. Cape fear is over.”

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Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith shared the honors, winning two prizes each at last night’s BRIT Awards at London’s O2 Arena.

Ed Sheeran scooped the night’s main prize, album of the year, for his record X – which was the best-selling record of 2014 in the UK.

He also won best British male, while Sam Smith took home best breakthrough artist and the global success award – recognizing album sales outside the UK.

Earlier, Taylor Swift opened proceedings, playing her hit single Blank Space surrounded by dancers in white suits and bowler hats.

She went on to win best international female, her first award after eight years of releasing records in the UK.

Taylor Swift star dedicated her award to Ed Sheeran, a close friend, who fanned the flames of her love affair with the UK by “taking me to pubs and showing me how to make a proper cup of tea”.Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith win top prizes at BRIT Awards 2015

Both acknowledged their slow-building success in their speeches.

Paloma Faith won best British female, and also alluded to her slow-building career.

She revealed she’d “been arrested twice” for fly posting in Hackney when she was a young artist, but could now see her face on posters at the tube station outside the venue.

Paloma Faith’s third album, A Perfect Contradiction, was the biggest-selling female record in the last year, shifting more than 725,000 copies.

She also gave one of the night’s more elaborate performances, singing Only Love Can Hurt Like This under a streaming waterfall.

Mark Ronson won best single for Uptown Funk, while rock duo Royal Blood were presented with best British Group by rock legend Jimmy Page.

The band also performed at the show, alongside George Ezra and Kanye West, who premiered a new song All Day, which had to be heavily censored by ITV.

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The 2015 Brit Awards – full list of winners at London’s O2 Arena ceremony.

British male solo artist:

Winner: Ed Sheeran

Damon Albarn

George Ezra

Paolo Nutini

Sam Smith

British female solo artist:

Winner: Paloma Faith

Ella Henderson

FKA Twigs

Jessie Ware

Lily Allen

British group:

Winner: Royal Blood


Clean Bandit


One Direction

British breakthrough act:

Winner: Sam Smith


FKA Twigs

George Ezra

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Critics’ Choice:

Winner: James Bay

George the Poet

Years & Years

British single:

Winner: Mark Ronson ft Bruno Mars – Uptown Funk

Calvin Harris – Summer

Clean Bandit ft Jess Glynne – Rather Be

Duke Dumont ft Jax Jones – I Got U

Ed Sheeran – Thinking Out Loud

Ella Henderson – Ghost

George Ezra – Budapest

Route 94 ft Jess Glynne – My Love

Sam Smith – Stay With Me

Sigma – Nobody to Love

British album of the year:

Winner: Ed Sheeran – X

Alt-J – This Is All Yours

George Ezra – Wanted On Voyage

Royal Blood – Royal Blood

Sam Smith – In The Lonely Hour

British artist video of the year:

Winner: One Direction – You and I

Calvin Harris – Summer

Ed Sheeran – Thinking Out Loud

Mark Ronson ft Bruno Mars – Uptown Funk

Sam Smith – Stay With Me

Global success award:

Winner: Sam Smith

International male solo artist:

Winner: Pharrell Williams



Jack White

John Legend

International female solo artist:

Winner: Taylor Swift


Lana Del Rey


St Vincent

International group:

Winner: Foo Fighters

5 Seconds of Summer

The Black Keys

First Aid Kit

The War On Drugs

British producer of the year:

Winner: Paul Epworth

Alison Goldfrapp & Will Gregory


Jake Gosling

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Madonna fell off the stage during her performance at this year’s BRIT Awards.

The singer tumbled down a set of stairs and landed awkwardly, apparently after a dancer tried to remove a cape she was wearing at the start of her routine.

Madonna, 56, recovered and returned to continue her song, Living For Love.Madonna falls off stage BRIT Awards 2015

She issued a statement later saying she was “fine” and that her cape had been “tied too tight”.

“Nothing can stop me and love really lifted me up,” Madonna wrote on Instagram, referencing the lyrics to her song.

“Thanks for your good wishes!”

The painful incident came at the end of a ceremony where Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith shared the honors, winning two awards each.

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