This year’s Brits saw the cream of British music talent gather together to celebrate the success of the UK music scene over the past year.
Soulful acoustic performances by Adele and folk act Mumford & Sons were coupled with bigger stage productions from the likes of Take That, Rihanna and Plan B.
Arcade Fire’s The Suburbs was named the best international album and fresh from their recent success at this year’s Grammy awards, the Canadian band also took home the award for best international group.
Mumford & Sons took home the coveted best British album gong for their debut release Sigh No More.
The audience were also privy to a performance by Tinie Tempah, who walked away with two awards on the night. Having been nominated in four categories, the south London rapper received the breakthrough and best single accolades.
Rapper Plan B grabbed best male artist, mainly as a result of his album The Defamation of Strickland Banks, which has helped to catapult him from an underground rapper to radio star over the last 12 months, while Laura Marling picked up the female equivalent.
Marling was named best female artist ahead of a shortlist containing a number of more mainstream pop acts such as Ellie Goulding, Cheryl Cole, Paloma Faith and Rumer.
Take That, who opened the show with a troop of dancers dressed as riot police, won best British group award. Rihanna took best international female artist and Justin Bieber was presented with the international breakthrough award.
Jessie J won the critics’ choice award while Cee Lo Green grabbed best international male solo artist and closed the ceremony with a performance of his hit single Forget You alongside Paloma Faith.