New York pop-rockers Scissor Sisters were the big winners at Wednesday's (09FEB05) BRIT AWARDS - taking home three accolades including Best International Group and Best Album.

The Laura fivesome open the 25th annual ceremony in London's Earls Court 2 with a performance of their hit song TAKE YOUR MAMA, before picking up Best International Breakthrough Act, Best International group and Best International album for their eponymous debut disc.

Other big winners on the night were East Sussex, England trio Keane, who were named Best British Breakthrough Artist and Best British Album for their best-selling HOPES AND FEARS disc, while Scots rockers Franz Ferdinand triumphed in the Best British Rock Act and Best British Group.

Franz Ferdinand went on to dedicate their Best Group accolade to late BBC DJ John Peel, who died of a heart attack in Peru last October (04)

Shock losers of the night were Jamelia and Natasha Bedingfield, who despite picking up three nominations each, lost out to chart rival, soul sensation Joss Stone.

The 17-year-old singer was so shocked she "felt sick", when she won Best British Female Solo Artist and Best British Urban Act.

In between award presentations, the crowd were entertained with a duet of AIN'T NOBODY by Bedingfield and her brother Daniel, Jamelia and Lemar's re-working of Robert Palmer's Addicted to Love, Green Day, Snoop Dogg and winners Stone and Robbie Williams on his 1997 classic ballad ANGELS, which was named the favourite song of the past 25 years of Brit awards.

The winners are:

Brits 25 Best Song Award: ROBBIE WILLIAMS - ANGELS

British Breakthrough Artist: KEANE

International Breakthrough Act: SCISSOR SISTERS

British Rock Act: FRANZ FERDINAND

British Live Act: Muse

British Single: WILL YOUNG - YOUR GAME

Pop Act: McFly

International Male Solo Artist: Eminem

International Female Solo Artist: Gwen Stefani

British Male Solo Artist: The Streets

British Female Solo Artist: JOSS STONE

British Urban Act: JOSS STONE

International Group: SCISSOR SISTERS

British Group: FRANZ FERDINAND

International Album: SCISSOR SISTERS - SCISSOR SISTERS

British Album: KEANE - HOPES AND FEARS

Outstanding Contribution To Music: Bob Geldof.

10/02/2005 03:56