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Adele sweeps the BRITs 2016

Adele sweeps the BRITs 2016

25/02/2016Music

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Last night's record industry knees-up at London's O2 Arena went largely as expected – Adele won pretty much everything she could lay her hands on and James Bay wore a hat.

Adele's four gongs (for British Female Artist, BRITs Global Success, British Single and MasterCard British Album of The Year) were the biggest haul in 21 years, matching Blur's success at the height of Britpop. Coldplay also wrote themselves into BRITs history, winning British Group for the fourth time.

Coldplay's Chris Martin tries to remember Years & Years' name

Coldplay's Chris Martin tries to remember Years & Years' name

Last year's Critics' Choice champ James Bay consolidated his win with a step up to British Male Solo Artist, while Welsh indie kids Catfish And The Bottlemen made their presence felt with the British Breakthrough Act award, seeing off the mighty likes of Jess Glynne and Bay himself.

Lorde had the crowd spellbound with her David Bowie tribute

Lorde had the crowd spellbound with her David Bowie tribute

Live performances on the night included Justin Bieber playing with fire, Little Mix playing with voodoo rituals, Rihanna playing with Drake and – adding a moment of transcendence to the chaos – New Zealand's Lorde fronting David Bowie's band to perform an affecting rendition of Life On Mars? in tribute to the late icon.

See below for the full list of winners.

Rihanna fails to escape Drake's clutches

Rihanna fails to escape Drake's clutches

BRITs 2016 winners:

British Male Solo Artist – James Bay

British Female Artist - Adele

British Group – Coldplay

International Female Solo Artist – Björk

BRITs Global Success Award – Adele

International Male Solo Artist – Justin Bieber

British Single – Adele, Hello

International Group – Tame Impala

British Breakthrough Act – Catfish And The Bottlemen

British Artist Video of the Year - One Direction

MasterCard British Album of The Year – Adele, 25

Critics' Choice – Jack Garratt

British Producer Of The Year – Charlie Andrew