Ben Howard, Emeli Sande and Adele have been honored at this year’s Brit Awards ceremony at London’s O2 Arena.
Emeli Sande won Best British Female and British Album, while Ben Howard scooped best British Male and Breakthrough.
Adele won Best Single for her James Bond theme Skyfall – but she was not at the event, instead choosing to rehearse for the Oscars in Los Angeles.
She sent a video message referring to last year’s ceremony, when her best album acceptance speech was cut short.
“Thank you so much for this Brit Award, it means a lot,” Adele said.
“Sorry I can’t be with you tonight, I’m in LA rehearsing for the Oscars. I won’t keep you too long because I don’t want to interrupt the best album speech at the end of the night. But I love you all.”
Emeli Sande had gone into the event with four nominations in total, including two in the Best Single category. Her triumph in the best British female category meant there was no posthumous win for Amy Winehouse.
Accepting the best album statuette, Emeli Sande spoke of herself as “a very unlikely pop star”.
“This is an album I wrote because I didn’t have the confidence to say these things in person,” she told the crowd.
“For me, that so many people have connected with this album and found strength in these words makes me feel incredible and it doesn’t make me feel as lonely.”
Emeli Sande’s debut album Our Version Of Events was the most popular album of 2012 in the UK, selling 1.4 million copies.
Emeli Sande won Best British Female and British Album at Brit Awards 2013
Folk rock band Mumford and Sons were named Best British Group and Marcus Mumford said: “We weren’t really expecting that.
“We love being British and we love going around the world and telling people we’re British, so we’re very proud and very grateful.”
Their win came 10 days after the group’s LP Babel took the album of the year trophy at the Grammy Awards in Los Angeles. The record has now gone back to number one in the US.
Singer-songwriter Ben Howard was a surprise winner of Best British Breakthrough, beating the bookmakers’ favorite Rita Ora.
In the Best British Male category, he triumphed over Plan B, Olly Murs, Calvin Harris and Richard Hawley.
“Wow, thank you very much,” Ben Howard said.
“That’s bizarre isn’t it? I didn’t really expect to, erm… I was quite stoked to come to the awards to be honest, so to come away with two of these things is amazing, so thank you all very much.”
Coldplay won Best British Live Act, beating The Rolling Stones, who were nominated 35 years after they were shortlisted for the first ever Brit Awards.
In the international categories, the Black Keys won Best Group, Frank Ocean was named best male and Lana Del Rey picked up Best Female.
A special recognition award went to the charity War Child, while there was a “global success award” for boy band One Direction in recognition of their hit status overseas.
The five-piece used the ceremony to give the first live rendition of their Comic Relief single, a medley of Blondie’s One Way Or Another and The Undertones’ Teenage Kicks.
The night’s other performers included Robbie Williams, Muse, Taylor Swift and Justin Timberlake.
Comedian James Corden returned as host this year and used his opening routine to make light of cutting short Adele’s speech in 2012.
Referring to a US awards show in 2009, he introduced Taylor Swift as a “global superstar who was once famously interrupted at an award ceremony”.
“That never happens here. Not on my watch. Not anymore,” he joked.
The winners all received a trophy designed by the artist Damien Hirst.
Music stars from Britain and beyond are gearing up for this year’s Brit Awards in London.
Scots singer Emeli Sande is hot favorite to win best British album and female, while folk rockers Mumford and Sons are tipped for best British group.
Stadium rockers Muse will open the ceremony at the O2 Arena.
There will also be performances from Robbie Williams, One Direction, Taylor Swift and Justin Timberlake, but it is not clear whether Adele will turn up.
The best-selling singer famously showed her annoyance when one of her victory speeches was cut short last year.
Brit Awards chairman David Joseph has said he will make amends, telling the Guardian: “I can hint that something is going to happen this year to right that wrong.”
Adele is the bookmakers’ favorite to win the best British single prize for her Bond theme Skyfall, but she is rumored to be in the US rehearsing for an appearance at the Oscars on Sunday.
Emeli Sande has four nominations, including two in the best single category. She is returning to the event a year after picking up the Critics’ Choice accolade for rising stars.
Speaking on the red carpet, she said: “I’ve been here for the last three years and you go from nobody knowing who you are, to Critics’ Choice last year, and now to be here just feels great.”
There are three nods apiece for Mercury Prize winners Alt-J and Mumford and Sons, who took the album of the year trophy at the Grammy Awards in the US last weekend.
Other nominees include Amy Winehouse, who is posthumously shortlisted for best British female, and The Rolling Stones, who are up for best live act, 35 years after they were shortlisted for the first ever Brit Awards.
Music stars from Britain and beyond are gearing up for this year’s Brit Awards in London
Singer-songwriter Ben Howard is tipped to take home best British male, while pop star Rita Ora leads the contenders in the British breakthrough category.
The winners all receive a trophy designed by controversial British artist Damien Hirst.
One Direction will give the first live performance of their Comic Relief single, a medley of Blondie’s One Way Or Another and The Undertones’ Teenage Kicks.
Taylor Swift is said to be putting together a fire and ice-themed set, while Timberlake is bringing along the big band that accompanied him at the Grammy Awards.
Hosted by comedian James Corden for the third time, the Brits ceremony will be broadcast live on ITV from 20:00 GMT.
James Bond new movie Skyfall has been named film of the year at the London Evening Standard Theatre awards.
The 23rd film in Bond series, it also picked up blockbuster of the year – selected from the top 10 UK box office hits of 2012.
Toby Jones was named best actor for Berberian Sound Studio, while Andrea Riseborough was named best actress for Shadow Dancer.
The awards, at the London Film Museum, were presented by Stephen Mangan.
This weekend saw Skyfall pick up another two awards from regional British film critics – director of the year for Sam Mendes and rising star for Ben Whishaw, who inherited the role of Q from John Cleese.
The 007 adventure has also been nominated for outstanding British film at this year’s BAFTAs, which take place in London next weekend.
Evening Standard editor Sarah Sands said: “Thanks in part to the extraordinary success of Skyfall – a truly big British movie, delivered with a panache Hollywood could envy – 2012 also highlighted the creativity, vision and talent of a new generation of British film-makers, actors and actresses.”
Andrea Riseborough picked up her award for her role as an IRA informant in political thriller Shadow Dancer. She is also on the shortlist for the BAFTA rising star award this Sunday.
The actress, who stars in the film set in Northern Ireland during the Troubles, said she was overwhelmed to be recognized.
“It’s a huge affirmation and you work on something for such a long time and you’re so passionate about it, and then you’re so excited other people are responding to it and it’s valuable to them in some way,” she said.
Skyfall has been named film of the year at the London Evening Standard Theatre awards
The Peter Sellers award for comedy was presented to the black comedy Sightseers, directed by Ben Wheatley.
The Imposter, a real-life taleof a missing American boy and the foreign-accented man who – years later – claimed to be him, was named best documentary.
It was directed by British filmmaker Bart Layton.
The award for most promising newcomer went to Sally El Hosaini for My Brother the Devil, about gang culture and family loyalty on a London council estate. The film was premiered at the BFI London Film Festival last year, where Sally El Hosaini also won a best newcomer prize.
In his review at the time, the Evening Standard’s critic Derek Malcolm called it “a triumph for all concerned”.
He wrote: “There isn’t a single poor performance among the cast, nor are there many moments when the film doesn’t feel authentic.”
The Editor’s Award was presented to Sacha Baron Cohen, “for making an event of every one of his films”.
Sacha Baron Cohen, who created characters including Borat and Ali G, has most recently been seen in the film adaptation of hit musical Les Miserables.
New movie Skyfall has had the biggest Bond opening weekend of all time, according to figures from film company Sony Pictures.
Skyfall took $31 million following its release on Friday making it the biggest UK opening of 2012 so far and the third biggest UK opening of all time.
However, Skyfall failed to smash the record set by last year’s Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 2.
The final film in the wizard franchise, in 3D, took $35 million in its first weekend.
It is also just behind Toy Story 3, which took $32.5 million in its opening weekend according to Screen Daily, although the animation also benefited from four days of previews.
Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, producers of the 23rd 007 movie, said: “We are absolutely overwhelmed with the reaction to Skyfall this weekend. It is particularly thrilling as the UK is home to James Bond and it being the 50th anniversary year.”
Skyfall has had the biggest Bond opening weekend of all time
James Bond is the longest-running film franchise in history.
Co-starring Dame Judi Dench and Javier Bardem, it opened in 587 cinemas across the UK and Ireland, while US fans will get to see the film from 9 November.
Skyfall marked director Sam Mendes’ Bond debut, but sees Daniel Craig back in the role of the spy for a third time, following the success of Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace.
Daniel Craig has signed up to return as 007 in two more Bond films.
Last week it was revealed in The Hollywood Reporter that one of Skyfall’s co-writers, John Logan, had begun work on a two-part original Bond story, not based on the work of the series’ original author Ian Fleming.
John Logan has previously worked on Martin Scorsese films Hugo and The Aviator and Ridley Scott’s Gladiator.
Daniel Craig has declared the launch of the new Bond film Skyfall as his greatest 007 premiere yet.
James Bond star Daniel Craig, playing the spy for a third time, was the first of the stars to arrive at the Royal Albert Hall for the royal premiere.
“It’s incredible,” said Daniel Craig.
“This is my third premiere and this is the biggest and the best.”
Skyfall is the 23rd official Bond film and marks 50 years of the franchise.
Large crowds of people had turned out to cheer the stars on the red carpet, which stretched along the streets around the venue in Kensington, west London.
The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall attended the screening on Tuesday night, along with stars Dame Judi Dench, Javier Bardem and the film’s director Sam Mendes.
James Bond received the royal seal of approval earlier this year at the Olympics opening ceremony when Daniel Craig’s character appeared in a short film alongside the Queen.
Daniel Craig said he was “incredibly proud” to be playing the hero created by Ian Fleming, who first appeared on the big screen in Dr No in 1962.
“It was the 50th year so we had try and celebrate that,” he said.
“Sam and I are huge Bond fans and we wanted to make the best Bond movie we could, and he’s done a tremendous job.”
Proceeds from the royal gala are going to charities that help members of Britain’s intelligence services.
Skyfall sees spy chief M (Judi Dench) battling a crisis with roots in her past, and Javier Bardem playing a villain bent on revenge.
Daniel Craig and Naomie Harris at the royal world premiere of Skyfall
Javier Bardem said: “Sam Mendes has done something very challenging which is to mix the flavor of the classic Bond movies with something more modern.”
Sam Mendes said: “The weirdest thing is that about two weeks ago I was still finishing the movie with about three other people in a dark room – so the big shock is coming out and finding people about to see the movie.”
Other stars on the red carpet included Ralph Fiennes, who plays a senior government official, Bond girls Naomie Harris and Berenice Marlohe, and Ben Whishaw as the new Q.
Ben Whishaw said: “I’m so thrilled to be a part of this phenomenon.”
Naomie Harris, who plays British agent Eve, said she tried to avoid watching the performances of previous Bond girls as she prepared for the role.
“I didn’t want to be influenced by that. What was much more useful to me was interviewing a former MI6 agent who came along and answered all our questions about what it was like to be a real agent.”
Berenice Marlohe, who plays the mysterious Severine, said on the red carpet: “We filmed the movie a long time ago but suddenly it brings back all the memories, and I feel very moved to be here.”
Barbara Broccoli, who co-produces the Bond films with Michael G. Wilson, said Skyfall was “classic Bond but with a contemporary feel”.
She added: “We wanted to make a film for the 50th anniversary for the fans and we wanted to make the best Bond ever – we tried real hard so I hope the audiences like at as much as we enjoyed making it.”
Skyfall has been praised by critics, with some indeed hailing it as the ultimate Bond adventure.
The Independent’s Geoffrey McNab said: “If not a full-blown triumph, this is certainly one of the best Bonds in recent memory.”
The Times’ Kate Muir called it “a great British bulldog of a movie”.
All eyes will be on the box office after the film opens on Friday to see if Skyfall can top Daniel Craig’s other outings as the secret agent.
2008’s Quantum of Solace made $586.1 million worldwide, while Casino Royale (2006) made $594.2 million.
Skyfall, the new James Bond theme sung by Adele, has topped the iTunes chart after being released online in the early hours of Friday morning.
It was number one within 10 hours of being released, overtaking last week’s official UK number one Gangnam Style.
The full single was released at 00:07 BST, after a 90 second clip was apparently leaked online this week.
The 23rd James Bond film, Skyfall – Daniel Craig’s third outing as 007 – is released in UK cinemas on 26 October.
Adele ended months of speculation over her involvement on Monday, when she posted a picture on Twitter, featuring the cover page of the sheet music for the Skyfall theme, bearing her name alongside that of longtime producer and co-writer Paul Epworth.
The “dark and moody” theme was intended to echo the narrative of the film.
Skyfall was recorded at Abbey Road Studios in London, and features a 77-piece orchestra.
Adele broke her silence on the track in an official message on the James Bond website on Monday: “When we recorded the strings, it was one of the proudest moments of my life.
“I’ll be back-combing my hair when I’m 60, telling people I was a Bond girl back in the day, I’m sure!”
Adele admitted she was a “little hesitant” about accepting the challenge because of the “instant spotlight and pressure” that came with a Bond song.
But, she said it ended up being a “no-brainer” after she fell in love with the script.
The theme song for the new James Bond movie, Skyfall, sung by Adele, has been leaked on the internet.
Adele confirmed on Monday that she had recorded the theme for Skyfall and posted a picture of the song credits on her official Twitter page.
However, the track wasn’t due to be unveiled until 0:07 BST on Friday 5 October.
The same date marks the 50th anniversary of the release of the first James Bond film, Dr. No.
Some critics are saying the style of the leaked song reminds them of Dame Shirley Bassey, famous for Bond songs like Goldfinger and Diamonds Are Forever.
Adele’s confirmation that she had done the song came after months of rumours.
Her photo on Twitter appears to show the cover page of the sheet music for the Skyfall theme.
It lists the composers as A. Adkins, the singer’s full name, and P. Epworth – the producer and co-writer of her hit single Rolling In The Deep.
The music has been arranged by Epworth and film composer JAC Redford, whose credits include The Help, The Iron Lady and Wall-E.
In a statement, Adele said: “I was a little hesitant at first to be involved with the theme song for Skyfall.
“There’s a lot of instant spotlight and pressure when it comes to a Bond song.
“But I fell in love with the script and Paul (Epworth) had some great ideas for the track and it ended up being a bit of a no brainer to do it in the end.
“It was also a lot of fun writing to a brief, something I’ve never done which made it exciting. When we recorded the strings, it was one of the proudest moments of my life.
“I’ll be back combing my hair when I’m 60 telling people I was a Bond girl back in the day I’m sure.”
Skyfall was recorded at Abbey Road studios in London with a 77-piece orchestra.
Adele first hinted she would be working on the theme song during an interview on Jonathan Ross’s chat show on ITV1 in September 2011.
“I’m going back in the studio in November, fingers crossed,” Adele told Jonathan Ross.
“Well this is actually a theme, what I’ve got to do for, um… Wow. That’s really giving something away isn’t it?”
Shortly after Adele’s appearance on The Jonathan Ross show last September, her friend Tinie Tempah, said he’d spoken to Adele about her Bond recording.
Speaking at the Mercury Prize on 6 September last year the rapper said: “I was with her [Adele] yesterday, she was telling me about it and that’s amazing.
“I’ve always wanted to do a Bond theme. I’m a bit jealous actually. No, let’s leave it to her, it’s always a really big diva that does it right?”
Recent Bond themes have met with a poor reception.
Chris Cornell’s gritty You Know My Name, from Casino Royale, was described as “unexpectedly dull” and “forgettable”; while Jack White and Alicia Keys’ duet Another Way To Die, from Quantum Of Solace, was branded “a missed opportunity”.
Adele’s theme is the first to carry the same name as the film since Madonna’s Die Another Day in 2002.
The 23rd Bond film, Skyfall, is due for release on 26 October in the UK.