More bizarre than Joss Stone's accent, often stranger than the Arctic Monkeys dressed as the Village People, the BRITs 2007 saw the great and good of the music world give each other a pat on the back for a big year for British pop and rock.
Opening with an amazing performance from The Scissor Sisters, the first award went to Muse for Best Live Act and was presented by Keith Allen (introduced by Russell as the man who produced Lily Allen "from his willy").
BRITs legend Jarvis Cocker presented The Fratellis with the award for Breakthrough act and the gorgeous Toni Collette presented Orson with International Breakthrough act. Following a show stopping performance from Amy Winehouse, the strangely American-accented and very jolly Joss Stone presented relative newcomer James Morrison with Best British Male. Joss also sent regards to Robbie Williams who was omnipresent at the awards with many acts mentioning his recent problems.
International Male Solo Artist went to Justin Timberlake who demanded his real BRIT rather than the mock award he held in his acceptance video. The Killers played a blinding version of 'When we were Young' before Best British Female Solo artist went to a predictably wobbly Amy Winehouse who sweetly thanked her mum and dad for being there.
A dapper Kaiser Chief Ricky Wilson presented Best International Female Solo artist to an exuberant Nelly Furtado. By the end of the week Robbie will probably be prime minster and Take That will be falsely imprisoned as shoe bombers, said Russell as he introduced the band with recent hit 'Patience'.
The Best British Group award was presented by Anthony Head and won by the Arctic Monkeys who dressed as the cast of Wizard of Oz in their acceptance video (of course, they weren't there!) Hot Fuzz stars Simon Pegg and Nick Frost presented Best International Album to The Killers for 'Sam's Town', before The Red Hot Chili Peppers took the stage and proved why they've been top of their game for so long with a rip roaring set.
Steve Tyler and a stunning Sophie Ellis-Bextor presented Best International Group to The Killers who had a very good night indeed and went home with two shiny gongs. before Corinne Bailey-Rae won over all doubters with a great performance that is bound to see her star rise even higher in 2007.
The live vote for Best British Single was won by Take That, who should also have won something for the year's best comeback. Jason Orange also won the audience's heart with a moving thanks to his previously estranged father. A lighter mood was restored as those lovable Arctic Monkeys dressed as the Village People in their acceptance video for winning Best British Album, their second award of the evening.
The evening ended with Oasis accepting the Outstanding Contribution to Music award and taking the roof off Earl's Court in a suitably rock and roll end to a great night. Noel Gallagher summed it all up in his usual style, "Thank you very much. It's been a f*cking pleasure."
Those winners in full:
- British Male Solo Artist James Morrison
- British Female Solo Artist Amy Winehouse
- British Group Arctic Monkeys
- MasterCard British Album Arctic Monkeys
- Whatever people say I am, that's what I'm not
- British Single Take That Patience
- British Breakthrough Act Fratellis
- British Live Act Muse
- International Male Solo Artist Justin Timberlake
- International Female Solo Artist Nelly Furtado
- International Group The Killers
- International Album Killers Sam's Town
- International Breakthrough Act Orson
- Outstanding Contribution to Music Oasis