Pop reigns supreme at Brit music awards

Wed Feb 20, 2008 9:16pm EST
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By Paul Majendie

LONDON (Reuters) - Pop reigned supreme at the Brit Awards on Wednesday as comeback kings Take That, Australian star Kylie Minogue and Beirut-born Mika scooped a clutch of top prizes during the British music industry's biggest night of the year.

And it was the perfect chance for two stars to put their worst nightmares behind them -- Amy Winehouse shrugged off her drug woes to perform live and former Beatle Paul McCartney won a lifetime achievement award after a week in divorce court.

To crown their comeback as one of the longest-running boy bands in the business, Take That fought off tough competition from the Arctic Monkeys and Kaiser Chiefs to be named best British live act. They also won the prize for best British single for "Shine."

Mika opened the show with a medley of his hits set against a backdrop of fireworks exploding across the stage before being named best British breakthrough act.

Hip-hop star Kanye West was picked as best international male solo artist, while Mark Ronson, famed for his collaboration with stars like Winehouse, was named best British male solo artist.

Australian Kylie Minogue underlined the pop theme by performing "Wow" in a gold figure-hugging dress flanked by dancers in shiny metallic track suits.

She won the best international female solo artist award, telling fans: "I'm all overcome. This is so incredible."

The Foo Fighters were double award winners, landing the best international album and best international group awards.   Continued...

<p>British group Take That celebrate after winning the Best British Single award at the Brit Awards at Earls Court in London February 20, 2008. REUTERS/Alessia Pierdomenico</p>