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Lady Gaga Leads BRIT Awards


Britain is gaga for Lady Gaga.

The fashion-forward pop diva scored three BRIT Awards — England’s equivalent of the Grammys — Tuesday night during a ceremony at London’s Earls Court, where she also delivered an emotional tribute to her friend Alexander McQueen, the fashion icon who died last week.

“Thank you to Lee McQueen,” Gaga said, her voice cracking, as she accepted the award for Best International Album for The Fame. She also won for Best International Female Artist and Best International Breakthrough Act. [Via Billboard]

Other big winners at the ceremony included Jay-Z, who beat out Bruce Springsteen and Eminem, among others, to score Best International Male; British Female Solo Artist winner Lily Allen; rapper Dizzee Rascal, who scored British Male Solo Artist; indie rockers Kasabian, landing the British Group statue; and Florence and the Machine, SPIN faves who won the most sought-after prize for their release Lungs: Best British Album!

On behalf of defunct Britpop legends Oasis, former singer Liam Gallagher accepted the BRIT Album of 30 Years award for their 1995 release (What’s the Story) Morning Glory?. Liam snubbed his brother Noel — a fight between the kin broke up the band in August — opting to exclude him from his acceptance speech, which included thank-yous to random ex members.??

“The best band in the fucking world — live forever,” Liam added before tossing his mic into the audience and walking off stage.

And, like the Grammys, the BRITs were heavy on performances. Gaga, in a white lace dress and a gigantic wig, took to the piano for “Telephone” and “Dance In The Dark”; Jay-Z and Alicia Keys sang their super hit “Empire State Of Mind”; and Florence and the Machine and Dizzee Rascal mashed up their songs “You Got The Love” and “Dirtee Cash,” respectively, with the help of harpists and a lot of glitter. Florence even emerged from a giant disco ball during the performance.

See the complete winners below:

British Male Solo Artist
Dizzee Rascal

British Female Solo Artist?
Lily Allen

British Breakthrough Act?(Winner chosen by Radio 1 listeners)?

British Group

British Album?
Florence & the Machine Lungs

British Single?
(Winner selected by U.K. commercial radio listeners)? JLS “Beat Again”

International Male Solo Artist?

International Female Solo Artist
Lady Gaga

International Breakthrough Act?
Lady Gaga (Winner chosen by MTV viewers)

International Album?
Lady Gaga The Fame (Interscope/Universal Music)

BRITs Album of 30 Years?
Oasis (What’s the Story) Morning Glory? (Winner chosen by Radio 2 & 6 Music listeners)

BRITS Performance of 30 Years?
Spice Girls??

Critics’ Choice
Ellie Goulding??

Paul Epworth