One Direction receive Global Success honour at the Brit Awards.
The band accepted the award for a second year in a row – despite missing out on the awards for Best Group and British Single – showing that they are growing ever popular in the world of music. The group also took home the gong for Best Music Video.
The Artcic Monkeys – consisting of Alex Turner, Jamie Cook, Matt Helders and Nick O’Malley – scooped the Best British Group prize and British Album of the Year for their LP AM.
After accepting the award for Best Group – which was presented by Lily Allen – Alex said: “That 15 quid we put on One Direction has gone down the drain. There’s a lot of people we need to thank, but they need to hear their names read out as much as you need to hear of people you don’t know.”
The group fought off stiff competition from the likes of Bastille, Disclosure, One Direction and Rudimental for the gong.
Picking up Best Album later in the night, which saw them become the first band to do the double – win Best British album and Best British group – three times, Alex added: “That rock’n’roll, it looks like it’s fading away, but it’ll never die.”
Meanwhile, David Bowie also won big after securing the Best Male Solo Artist accolade, 30 years on from his first win in 1984, after beating the likes of Jake Bugg, James Blake, John Newman and Tom Odell.
The 67-year-old singer, who is the oldest recipient of an award in the BRITs history – was unable to attend the gala and chose Kate Moss to collect his prize for him.
Ellie Goulding kicked off the night’s events after being crowned the Best British Female Artist, before taking to the stage to give an energetic performance of her hit ‘Burn’.
Other performances included; Beyonce with her track ‘XO’, Bruno Mars with ‘Treasure’, Katy Pretty with ‘Dark Horse’ and the Arctic Monkeys with their song ‘R U Mine’.
The BRIT Awards 2014 full list of winners:
Best Male Solo Artist:
Best Female Solo Artist:
British Breakthrough Act:
British Single of the Year:
Rudimental – ‘Waiting All Night’
British Album of the Year:
Arctic Monkeys – AM
Best International Male:
Best International Female:
Best International Group: