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Brit awards 2011: Stars walk the red carpet at O2 Arena
16 February 2011
Last updated at 12:03
Tinie Tempah was this year's big winner at the Brit awards picking up two prizes, British breakthrough act and British single for his debut Pass.
Tinie Tempah was this year's big winner at the Brit awards picking up two prizes, British breakthrough act and British single for his debut Pass. "I want to big up God and my family for sticking by me when times are hard."
Mark Owen thanked bandmate Robbie Williams for rejoining Take That as they were crowned best British group for the first time at the Brits. They kicked off this year's event with a performance of their new single Kidz.
Folk singer Laura Marling was the surprise winner of best British female solo artist, which she dedicated to her mum. She beat Cheryl Cole, Ellie Goulding, Paloma Faith and Rumer.
Plan B performed at the Brits before picking up the award for British male solo artist. He accepted his prize from a previous winner, Dizzee Rascal after beating the likes of Mark Ronson and Tinie Tempah.
Arcade Fire won the international album award for The Suburbs. They were also named best international group. In his acceptance speech, singer Win Butler paid tribute to the English bands that influenced them including The Clash.
It was a good night for Canada as teenage star Justin Bieber was handed his international breakthrough act award by Avril Lavigne. He said: "I want to thank all my fans over here. You guys are amazing, I love you guys."
Album of the year went to Mumford & Sons for Sigh No More. Accepting the award Marcus Mumford said: "This is very bizarre, very strange. Thank you very much indeed. We are very honoured, very humbled."
Rihanna performed a medley of hits including What's My Name? and S&M. She also won the international female award beating Katy Perry, Robyn, Kylie Minogue and Alicia Keys. It was handed to her by Cheryl Cole.
Cee Lo Green followed up his Grammys performance with The Muppets and Gwyneth Paltrow by appearing with Paloma Faith. They sang his track Forget You after he'd earlier picked up the international male solo artist prize.
Cheryl Cole looked stunning on the red carpet showing off the tattoo at the bottom of her back. The X Factor judge lost out in the British female solo artist category to surprise winner Laura Marling.
Adele's performance was one of the stand out moments of this year's Brits. The 22-year-old sang single Someone Like You. Ellie Goulding (centre) also missed out in the British female solo artist category to Laura Marling.
Other music stars at the event included Pack Up singer Eliza Doolittle, rapper Professor Green and urban star Chipmunk, whose latest single Champion featuring Chris Brown is at number two in the singles chart.
The xx were at the ceremony hoping to beat the likes of Tinie Tempah, Plan B and Take That to the British album of the year title but all of them lost out to Mumford & Sons.
Radio 1 DJs Fearne Cotton, Annie Mac, Jo Whiley and Sara Cox were all at the Brits as was former model Lisa Snowdon. Fearne announced the winner of the British breakthrough act after Kylie Minogue pulled out.
X Factor winner Matt Cardle was there as was Olly Murs, who came second on the show in 2009. Radio 1 DJ and TV presenter was there with wife Tess Daly, who presents Strictly Come Dancing on BBC One.
Emma and Matt Willis, Liz McClarnon and Katherine Jenkins, who chose a green gown for the Brits, all turned up for the event held at London's O2 Arena and broadcast on TV.
Kitty and Michael McIntyre, Alesha Dixon, Lewis Hamilton and brother Nick were there too. Strictly Come Dancing judge Alesha told Newsbeat she smelt Fearne Cotton at the event before seeing her because of the perfume she wears.
Other stars who turned up for the biggest night in the British music calendar included actress Preeya Kalidas, I'm a Celebrity contestant Kayla Collins, TV presenter Caroline Flack and Jessica Wright from The Only Way Is Essex.
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