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.