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David bowie be­comes old­est brit win­ner, but arc­tic Mon­keys steal show.

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Bri­tish cul­tural gi­ant David Bowie on Wed­nes­day be­came the old­est win­ner of a Brit Award, but the an­nual awards cer­e­mony be­longed to his­tory-mak­ing rock­ers Arc­tic Mon­keys, who claimed the night’s top two awards.

Bowie, 67, was not present at Lon­don’s cav­ernous O2 Arena to re­ceive his best Bri­tish Male solo Artiste award – his first Brit prize since 1984 – but sent a mes­sage read out by su­per­model Kate Moss.

“i’m com­pletely de­lighted to have a Brit for be­ing the best male – but i am, aren’t i Kate?” the model said on his be­half.

“i think it’s a great way to end the day. thank you very, very much and scot­land, stay with us,” he added, in ref­er­ence to septem­ber’s up­com­ing in­de­pen­dence ref­er­en­dum.

Bowie, who made an un­ex­pected come­back last year with al­bum The Next Day, sur­passed Welsh crooner tom Jones, who re­ceived an hon­ourary prize for his out­stand­ing con­tri­bu­tion to mu­sic in 2003, aged 62.

Oa­sis gui­tarist Noel Gal­lagher, who was co-pre­sent­ing the award, laughed off Bowie’s ab­sence, say­ing: “You ma­ni­acs didn’t think he’d ac­tu­ally be here. David Bowie’s too cool for that.”

But it was sh­effield four-piece Arc­tic Mon­keys who claimed the high­est honours, be­com­ing the first band to win the cov­eted best Al­bum and Bri­tish Group awards for a third time.

the in­die four­some burst onto the scene in 2005 with de­but sin­gle I Bet You Look Good On The Dance­floor, and have since de­vel­oped a harder edge, as demon­strated on crit­i­cally ac­claimed fifth al­bum AM.

“Yeah, that rock and roll – it seems like its fad­ing away some­times, but it will never die,” front­man Alex turner said on ac­cept­ing the award.

speak­ing back­stage, he added: “it feels won­der­ful. it’s won­der­ful to re­ceive that ac­knowl­edge­ment on a night that cel­e­brates Bri­tish mu­sic.”

the band opened pro­ceed­ings with a live per­for­mance of R U Mine?, be­fore Amer­i­can pop royalty Prince took to the stage to present singer El­lie Gould­ing with the Bri­tish Fe­male solo Artiste award.

the diminu­tive Pur­ple Rain star – on tour

Hat­trick: in the UK – thanked Lon­don for mak­ing him feel “ex­tra spe­cially loved,” adding it had been “won­der­ful“, be­fore pos­ing for a “selfie” with host James Cor­den.

there was a shock in the in­ter­na­tional Fe­male solo Artiste cat­e­gory, where New Zealand teenager Lorde beat off com­pe­ti­tion from Lady Gaga, while Bruno Mars claimed the in­ter­na­tional Male solo Artiste award.

teen heart­throbs One Di­rec­tion won the best video prize for their sin­gle Best Song Ever, and ear­lier signed au­to­graphs for hordes of fans as they made their way down the red car­pet.

it was the first time the best video award had been de­cided by so­cial me­dia, with voting open to fans around the world on Youtube in a bid to boost its in­ter­na­tional sta­tus.

the group ear­lier won the award for the world’s big­gest Bri­tish act, but had to go on stage to col­lect the prize with­out band mem­ber harry styles, who later claimed he was “hav­ing a wee” when the an­nounce­ment was made.

soul diva Bey­once en­ter­tained the crowd with world­wide smash XO, be­fore fel­low Us su­per­star Katy Perry pre­sented best Bri­tish sin­gle to elec­tro quar­tet rudi­men­tal.

Us star Phar­rell Wil­liams and leg­endary pop song­writer Nile rodgers brought the night to a close, per­form­ing a med­ley that in­cluded Get Lucky, their joint smash hit with Daft Punk.

the enig­matic French duo were ear­lier named best in­ter­na­tional Group, which rodgers claimed on their be­half. – AFP

One di­rec­tion wins the bri­tish Video award for their sin­gle best Songever, as well as the award for World’s big­gest bri­tish act.

arc­tic Mon­keys is the first band to win the cov­eted best al­bum and bri­tish Group awards for a third time at the brit awards.

bruno Mars took to stage to per­form his hit sin­gle Trea­sure af­ter win­ning the in­ter­na­tional Male Solo artiste award.

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