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In pictures: Brit Award winners 2012
21 February 2012
Last updated at 21:53
Adele takes the best female prize at this year's Brits with One Direction winning best British single for What Makes You Beautiful.
Adele has landed best female artist and best album for 21 at this year's Brit Awards. "I'm so proud to be British and to be flying the flag." She apologised for raising her middle finger after her best album acceptance speech was cut short.
Ed Sheeran beat acts like Noel Gallagher, James Morrison, James Blake and Professor Green to the title of best British male. He also landed the best British breakthrough act, as voted for by Radio 1 listeners.
One Direction won best British single for What Makes You Beautiful ahead of Adele's Someone Like You. The group dedicated the award to their fans, with Harry Styles saying: "Everything we do is for you, and this is yours."
Rihanna took the best international female title for the second year running. The Barbadian dedicated her prize to her fans. "At times when I feel misunderstood, my fans remind me that it's OK to be myself," she told the audience.
Bruno Mars picked up the title of best international male act and told fans at the awards: "It's been my dream to come here. I'll be back soon with a second album."
Coldplay took the best group title for the third time, following wins in 2001 and 2003. It was their seventh Brit in total. Collecting the prize, Chris Martin said it was "humbling" to win.
US singer Lana Del Rey collected the international breakthrough prize, beating Aloe Blacc and Bon Iver. She said: "This award means much more to me than you know."
Blur were rewarded with the outstanding contribution prize, which had been pre-announced late last year. The band last won a Brit in 1995 when they swept the board collecting four prizes on the strength of their third album Parklife.
Emeli Sandé already had the satisfaction of going home with one award, as the winner of the Critics' Choice prize. Foo Fighters won best international group but weren't at the awards to pick up their prize.
Ethan Johns won best British producer. He's behind albums like Because of the Times from Kings of Leon and Sunny Side Up from Paolo Nutini. Comedian and actor James Corden hosted the event.
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