Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Lady Gaga Rules BRIT Awards

Decidedly non-British diva Lady Gaga dominated last night's BRIT Awards, the UK's version of the American Music Awards/Grammys Lite, winning three awards including International Female Solo Artist and International Album for debut smash The Fame.

The BRITs also honored Jay-Z as International Male Solo Artist, and named the Spice Girls for the BRITS Performance of 30 Years. Dizzee Rascal and Lily Allen won for British Male and Female Solo Artist, respectively. Robbie Willliams was given the career achievement award.

Lily Allen arrives at the 2010 BRIT Awards

For the first time at a major public event, Gaga performed her latest single "Telephone," using a solo piano arrangement similar to live performances of "Speechless" at the Grammys and AMAs rather than a ghetto-tastic duet with Beyonce; she also sang "Dance in the Dark" before accepting her final award with a tribute to the designer Alexander McQueen, who died last week. In another landmark performance, Allen made her first appearance on stage since announcing a two-year hiatus from music in September 2009, shortly after her sophomore album It's Not Me, It's You debuted to critical acclaim.

Here's a sampling of the music honored at the annual British pop music love-in.

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