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The BRIT Awards 2005 (BRITs25)

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The show was opened by a storming Scissor Sisters set. The artsy New York band judged the night’s mood perfectly, and their surreal performance of Take Your Mama thrilled the crowd. The muppet-meisters at Jim Henson’s workshop filled the stage with a giant pink bird, a singing shed, a choir of watermelons, and a troupe of dancing eggs — ensuring that the Scissor Sisters show opener will be remembered for many, many years as one of the top BRITs performances of all time.

Scissor Sisters were also the night’s most successful band, picking up a fabulous three awards — in the International Group, International Album and International Breakthrough categories.

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Also celebrating their first BRITs successes were Glasgow-based rockers Franz Ferdinand. Nominated in a whopping five categories, they set off for home with a brace of stunning statuettes. With awards for best British Group and British Rock Act, the band topped a remarkable first year with two of the highest accolades in British music. Their performance of the single Take Me Out proved why they have become so successful so quickly; spiky and exciting, it had the audience of the edge of their seats from the start.

A slight change of mood signalled the arrival of Devonian diva Joss Stone. The soul singing teenager, a huge star in the US already, also grabbed gongs in two categories — British Female and British Urban act. Gorgeous Joss wowed the crowd with her Super Duper singing, first on her own hit, then as a longstanding BRITish Great’s surprise guest.

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Spare a thought however for the talented competition pipped to the post by Joss on the day. Jamelia and Lemar proved they are some of the nation’s brightest chart talents with their version of Robert Palmer’s Addicted To Love, while four-times nominated Natasha Bedingfield stunned many during her Ain’t Nobody duet with her BRITs-winning brother Daniel. It was quite a moment!

Sussex lads Keane were delighted to pick up the award for British album — even if they looked a little stunned when their name was announced! They performed Everyone’s Changing from the album Hopes and Fears — and can look forward to a glittering career ahead. If Keane looked bashful as they stepped up for their award, spare a thought for Mike Skinner, who despite performing his hit Dry Your Eyes was nowhere to be found by the time his British Male Award was announced. It seems Mike slipped away, perhaps not comfortable appearing in the BRITs glitzy surroundings.

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Other awards came and went as the night zipped along apace. Will Young nabbed Best Single for Your Game while ecstatic newcomers McFly took the trophy for Best Pop Act. Previous BRITs performers Muse took the inaugural Live Act award, while former No Doubt singer Gwen Stefani, who performed What You Waiting For with the help of four Japanese Harajuka girls, took International Female. She looked delighted! Eminem upped his BRITs haul with the addition of the 2005 International Male trophy,

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The last award of the night went to the legendary Irish rocker Bob Geldof. Sir Bob played the classic hits Rat Trap, and of course, I Don’t Like Mondays. The former Boomtown Rats frontman and co-founder of the Band Aid Trust was presented with his award by old pal Jools Holland.

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Of course BRITs25 was a very special night — for all of the acts who made great music over the last year — and all of the acts who have made classic hits during the last quarter century. A special award, the BRITS25 — Best Song Award, was voted for by the public, and they made their choice clear. Robbie Williams, still only 30, has been winning BRITs for an amazing 10 years. The BRITs25 Best Song award was his 15th statuette, and his performance of the winning tune, Angels — with guest vocals by Joss Stone — showed just why he’s King of the BRITs.

Here’s to another 25 years of amazing BRITs music, from Rob, Sir Bob…and all the rest.

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