Kaiser Chiefs Have A Riot At Brits
English rockers KAISER CHIEFS were big winners at last night's (15FEB06) Brit Awards, picking up three trophies at the London ceremony.
The Leeds band opened the star-studded bash at the British capital's Earls Court venue with a performance of their mega-hit I PREDICT A RIOT, before going on to win British Group, British Rock Act and British Live Act.
After beating FRANZ FERDINAND, HARD-FI, KASABIAN and OASIS to claim British Rock Act, frontman RICKY WILSON said, "This is our first Brits. We weren't meant to win this one. This means the world."
Following close behind, COLDPLAY, JAMES BLUNT and GREEN DAY picked up two gongs each.
CHRIS MARTIN's band picked up Mastercard British Album for their third disc X+Y and British Single for SPEED OF SOUND, while punk trio Green Day collected their wins via videophone for International Group and International Album for AMERICAN IDIOT.
Singer/songwriter JAMES BLUNT capped off his breakthrough year beating ANTHONY AND THE JOHNSONS, IAN BROWN, ROBBIE WILLIAMS and WILL YOUNG to win British Male Solo Artist and Pop Act.
Superstar MADONNA accepted her International Female Solo Artist gong from Martin, husband of her close pal GWYNETH PALTROW, who paid tribute to the MATERIAL GIRL as "someone who makes everyone's marriage go funny".
Hip-hop star KANYE WEST sexed up the ceremony by performing a melody of his hits, including DIAMONDS FROM SIERRA LEONE and GOLD DIGGER, with 77 women covered in gold spray paint and g-string bikinis. The rapper was later named International Male Solo Artist.
Performers on the night included Coldplay, Blunt, KT TUNSTALL and KELLY CLARKSON and PRINCE, who performed his megahit PURPLE RAIN.
Former THE JAM rocker PAUL WELLER was honoured with the Outstanding Contribution To Music accolade, which was presented to SIR BOB GELDOF last year (05). Weller ended the night with a melody of his hits, including CHANGING MAN and A TOWN CALLED MALICE.
The full list of winners is:
British Male Solo Artist: JAMES BLUNT
British Female Solo Artist: KT TUNSTALL
British Group: KAISER CHIEFS
Mastercard British Album: COLDPLAY - X+Y
British Single: COLDPLAY - SPEED OF SOUND
British Breakthrough Act: ARCTIC MONKEYS
British Urban Act: LEMAR
British Rock Act: KAISER CHIEFS
British Live Act: KAISER CHIEFS
Pop Act: JAMES BLUNT
International Male Solo Artist: KANYE WEST
International Female Solo Artist: MADONNA
International Group: GREEN DAY
International Album: GREEN DAY - AMERICAN IDIOT
International Breakthrough Act: JACK JOHNSON
Outstanding Contribution To Music: PAUL WELLER.