Lady Gaga dominates 30th BRITs

Tue Feb 16, 2010 6:37pm EST
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By Matt Falloon

LONDON (Reuters) - Glam pop artist Lady Gaga dominated the 30th BRITs on Tuesday, winning a trio of awards at the pop music industry's flagship ceremony, the first international act to do so for five years.

Gaga, dressed in a ghostly carnival headdress and skimpy lace outfit, picked up awards for International Female Solo Artist, International Breakthrough Act and Best International Album for "The Fame," winning every category in which she was nominated.

The singer, on top of the music charts for most of the last 12 months, dedicated an eerie live performance to fashion designer Alexander McQueen, who died last week.

"Thank you so much for believing in me," she told her fans.

Boy band JLS, who finished second in TV talent show "The X Factor" in 2008, polished off a year of number one singles and a top-selling album with two awards -- best British group and best British single for "Beat Again."

Lily Allen was crowned best British female artist and Dizzee Rascal was named best British male, capping his successful transition from rapper to bona fide pop star.

Rascal's latest album "Tongue N' Cheek" has yielded three number one singles -- "Dance Wiv Me," "Holiday" and "Bonkers" -- which have had as much to do with house music as rap.

It was a big night for hip hop. U.S. rapper Jay-Z won the International Male Solo Artist award and delivered a powerful rendition of his hit "Empire State of Mind" with Alicia Keys.   Continued...

<p>Lady Gaga arrives at the 30th Brit Awards ceremony at Earl's Court in London February 16, 2010. REUTERS/Luke Macgregor</p>