Sunday, February 20, 2011

Arcade Fire, Justin Bieber, Rihanna Win Brit Awards

'We're called Arcade Fire -- check it out on Google,' Win Butler jokes on Tuesday night.
By Gil Kaufman

Justin Bieber at the 2011 Brit Awards
Photo: Dave Hogan/ Getty Images

Less than 48 hours after his Grammy Awards disappointment, Justin Bieber got some sweet redemption at Tuesday night's Brit Awards. The annual kudos fest was held at London's O2 arena, and it featured a trophy for Bieber in the International Breakthrough Act category, as well as some additional hardware for one of Sunday night's biggest winners.

After taking home the Album of the Year honors at the Grammys, Arcade Fire continued their winning ways at the Brits, snagging a pair of trophies — which were crafted by designer Vivienne Westwood — for Best International Album and Best International Group.

"We're called Arcade Fire — check it out on Google," band leader Win Butler said in a nod to his group's search engine popularity in the wake of the Grammy surprise.

The Brits showed more love for their former colonies as Barbadian Rihanna took Best International Female Star, and American Cee Lo Green snagged Best International Male Solo Artist.

It was also a big night for British rapper Tinie Tempah, who was honored for Best British Breakthrough Act and Best Single for his tune "Pass Out." Tempah's album is slated for release in the U.S. in the spring.

As their debut continues to move back up the U.S. charts, Grammy performers Mumford & Sons won Best British Album for Sigh No More, while reunited British boy-now-man band Take That — which features singer Robbie Williams — were awarded Best British Group. Rising star Jessie J got the Critics' Choice prize and 21-year-old folk singer Laura Marling was named Best British Female.

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