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- Posted on Feb 16th 2010 6:15PM by Stephen Dowling
Lady Gaga -- who used her performance and her first speech to pay tribute to fashion designer Alexander McQueen, who died last week -- dressed to impress with a flamboyant gold and white outfit.
Her multiple haul was really the only surprise of the night in a ceremony which played it safe when it came to saluting the hitmakers of 2009. The indie-friendly likes of Doves and Friendly Fires -- and double nominees Animal Collective -- were left to smile grimly at their tables as more mainstream artists walked up to the stage to give thanks.
Florence and the Machine's victory in the Best British Album category, elbowing aside the likes of Kasabian, Dizzee Rascal and Lily Allen may have surprised some. But Florence was already a member of the Brits Club thanks to winning the Critic's Award in 2009, months before her debut 'Lungs' made it into shops.
Beginning with Lily Allen astride a bomb and ending with Robbie Williams accepting his Outstanding Contribution Award with a medley of his hits, the Brits cut a safe course through the last year. Almost as soon as Lily Allen finished her opening number 'The Fear,' you got the feeling those who had done the hard yards of rehearsals were the ones who would be walking away with the awards. Lily Allen? Check (Best British Female). Jay-Z? Check (Best International Male Solo Artist). Only Cheryl Cole seemed to have been missed out.
Kasabian, who took Best British Group, looked almost out-of-place -- unreconstructed rockers in a night of glitz, sequins and backing dancers. And when Oasis won Best Album of the Last 30 Years for 1995's '(What's the Story) Morning Glory' Liam Gallagher strode on stage to get a facsimile of his old band's mid-90s danger -- throwing a microphone into the crowd after thanking his old bandmates.
Florence Welch (of Florence and the Machine) and rapper Dizzee Rascal teamed up for an incongruous mix-up of Welch's 'You've Got the Love' and Dizzee's 'Dirtee Love'; a moment of carefully-choreographed chaos amid a night of few surprises.
Maybe next year, Animal Collective. Maybe next year.