Emeli Sande is toast of the Brits

Emeli Sande collects the Best British Album award.
Emeli Sande collects the Best British Album award.

Emeli Sande was the toast of the Brit Awards after she landed the best female solo artist and best album prizes.

The 25-year-old beat stars such as Jessie Ware and the late Amy Winehouse to land the award.

Picking up the trophy from US star Taylor Swift, she said: “This feels amazing. This is incredible and I’m so happy to win this award.”

She added: “I don’t really know what to say. Thank you to everybody who’s allowed me to make my music and allowed me to even be considered.”

The singer, who was raised in Alford, Aberdeenshire, thanked her husband, Adam Gouragine. Mumford & Sons picked up the award for best British group, two years after missing out on the prize.

It was the band’s second Brit win, having collected the best album prize in 2011. The best British breakthrough prize went to Ben Howard, who was last year nominated for the Mercury Music Prize.

Howard went on to collect his second prize of the night by taking the best male solo artist award.

The singer said: “This is bizarre, isn’t it? I didn’t really expect it.”

The evening also featured a performance by Justin Timberlake, who is rejuvenating his musical career after a spell of acting. Wearing a shiny elegant suit, Timberlake showcased his new track Mirrors.

Lana Del Rey took the international female award, thanking her record label Polydor for its help in “turning my life into art.”

One Direction played an energetic version of their Comic Relief single, One Way Or Another/Teenage Kicks, to screaming members of the audience.

Coldplay were declared best live act, beating the likes of Muse, Mumford & Sons and the Rolling Stones. Only drummer Will Champion and guitarist Jonny Buckland from the quartet were at the event to collect the prize.

Adele collected the best single prize for her James Bond theme Skyfall and joked about how she was cut off in her prime at last year’s ceremony.

US duo Black Keys took the best international group prize, with Foo Fighters star Dave Grohl presenting the award and collecting it on their behalf as they were not able to attend.

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