Brit Awards To Williams, Preachers, Imbruglia, Fatboy Slim, Beck Among Others

The Brit Awards have wrapped up in London, England tonight without surprise orcontroversy. The evening’s biggest winner, as predicted, was former Take Thatsinger Robbie Williams, who walked off with three awards after making aspectacular James Bond-style entrance into the London Arena by helicopter. Williams took Best British Male Solo Artist, Best British Single and Best BritishVideo. The Manic Street Preachers, who will finally see a U.S. release for theirnew album this Spring, won for Best Group and Best Album, the same prizes theygarnered in 1997.

Beck took the prize for Best International Male Solo Artist. Australian-turned-Brit resident Natalie Imbruglia took home two trophies for BestInternational Newcomer and Best International female artist.

The Best British Newcomer award went to Glasgow’s Belle & Sebastian. Des’ree wasthe best British female artist while The Corrs won for best international group.

Fatboy Slim, a.k.a. Norman Cook, who was celebrating his Valentine’s
Dayengagement to British DJ and TV star Zoe Ball, took Best Dance Act.

As previously announced, The Eurythmics’ Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart receivedan Outstanding Contribution to the Music Industry award. The show featured amedley from the reunited duo, who were introduced by Stevie Wonder. Performances also included appearances by the Manic Street Preachers, Boyzone,Whitney Houston and a tribute to Abba medley with artists including Steps,B*Witched, Tina Cousins, Billie and Cleopatra.