Other big winners at the glitzy ceremony at the English capital's EARLS COURT 2 were pop trio Busted, who were named Best Pop Act and Best British Breakthrough Artist and other double winners Justin Timberlake, who picked up gongs for Best International Solo Artist and Best International Album for his hit LP JUSTIFIED, and Dido, named Best British Female Solo Artist and Best British Single for WHITE FLAG.
The Darkness frontman Justin Hawkins told the crowd after grabbing the Best Rock Act award, "It's a real privilege, a tremendous honour and a real achievement. I have to say we probably are the best British group."
Daniel Bedingfield was named Best British Male Solo Artist, but couldn't be in London to pick up the award, as he's still recovering in New Zealand after breaking vertebrae in a car crash there last month (JAN04). Instead, he accepted the gong live over the phone, but was hampered by a bad line. He told the packed audience, "I can't hear what you're saying, I just want to say thank you, can I do that?"
Eighties British pop sensations Duran Duran were handed an award for Outstanding Contribution To Music.
American R+B sensation Beyonce Knowles, who was named Best International Solo Artist, wowed the crowd onstage at Earls Court performing a spectacular duet with hip-hop stars OUTKAST - mixing their hits HEY YA and CRAZY IN LOVE.
The full list of winners is as follows:
Best British Group: THE DARKNESS
Best Pop Act: BUSTED
Best British Dance Act: Basement Jaxx
Best British Rock Act: THE DARKNESS
Best British Male Solo Artist: DANIEL BEDINGFIELD
Best British Female Solo Artist: DIDO
Best British Urban Act: Lemar
Best British Single: DIDO - WHITE FLAG
Best International Female Solo Artist: BEYONCE KNOWLES
Best International Male Solo Artist: JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE
Best International Group: White Stripes
Best Brit Breakthrough Artist: BUSTED
Outstanding Contribution To Music: DURAN DURAN
Best International Breakthrough Artist: 50 CENT
Best International Album: JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE - JUSTIFIED
Best British Album: THE DARKNESS - PERMISSION TO LAND.22/02/2004 10:30