It’s Lady Gaga’s world — we’re all just living in it. As if fans needed any more proof, the shape-shifting songstress swept the Brit Awards on Tuesday (February 16), taking charge of the U.K.’s high-profile music ceremony while winning three key categories — and paying touching tribute to fashion icon Alexander McQueen .
Considered by many to be the British equivalent of the Grammys, more than 1,000 industry insiders vote for the Brit Awards. In addition to Gaga, the evening’s big winners included Jay-Z, Lily Allen and Oasis — who received a special honor as their (What’s the Story) Morning Glory? was named best British album of the last 30 years.
The big story of the evening, however, was Gaga. Nominated three times, the “Poker Face” singer swept her three categories, taking home Best International Album, Best International Female Solo Artist and International Breakthrough Act Supported by MTV Viewers.
As expected, Lady Gaga stole the show with a daring outfit, performing in a Marge Simpson-height white wig and lace veil, accented by lace eyebrows. Less predictable, however, was her heartfelt words for one of the men who helped her become such an outrageous style icon. “Thank you to Lee McQueen,” Gaga said with a strained voice at one point, referring to the fashion designer whose lobster-clawed shoes adorned her feet in the “Bad Romance” music video. McQueen was found dead in his London home last Thursday.
Of particular interest to American audiences might be the International Male Solo Artist category, which had Jay-Z triumphing over fellow heavyweights Eminem and Bruce Springsteen. The Brits also handed out special awards honoring the past 30 years, celebrating best album, (What’s the Story) Morning Glory?, and best hit song, the Spice Girls’ “Wannabe/Who Do You Think You Are.”
Winners that may be of less interest to Americans include Florence & the Machine (British Female Solo Artist, MasterCard British Album), Dizzee Rascal (British Male Solo Artist), JLS (British Breakthrough Act, British Single), Kasabian (British Group), Elle Goulding (Critics’ Choice) and Robbie Williams (Outstanding Contribution Award). Lily Allen, in an orange wig, took home the Best British Female trophy. “This doesn’t happen to me very often,” she admitted. “So thank you very much. I love you.”