Lady Gaga scoops Brit awards, pays McQueen tribute
Songstress was a huge fan of designer McQueen. -AFP
LONDON - Flamboyant US superstar Lady Gaga has scooped three awards at the 30th anniversary edition of the Brits, and dedicated the night to late fashion designer Alexander McQueen.
The eccentric New Yorker was awarded all three prizes she was nominated for, including best international female solo artist and international breakthrough act.
Sporting a lace outfit with a huge white wig and mask at the London ceremony, she also picked up the award for best international album for "The Fame."
Accepting her album award, the tearful star said: "I was really excited to win the first two awards. This award means even more to me because I worked so hard on this album for so long.
"My fans were the first people to believe in me. Thank you so much."
As she took the stage to play her song "Telephone", she told the audience: "This is for Alexander McQueen."
The songstress was a huge fan of designer McQueen, whose death on Thursday aged 40 after apparently committing suicide sent shock waves through the fashion world.
She recently donned his towering lobster claw shoes for her Bad Romance music video and often incorporated his pieces into her stage acts.
This year's Brits were marked by success for female artists.
Singer Lily Allen was named best British female solo artist and Florence And the Machine -- the stage name for singer Florence Welch -- picked up best British album for "Lungs".
Male artists also received their share of awards. Jay-Z picked up best international male solo artist, while singer Robbie Williams received a gong for his outstanding contribution to music.
Williams, a former member of boy band Take That turned solo artist, celebrated his success with a live medley of his international hits including "Let Me Entertain You" and "Angels".
Rockers Kasabian were named best British group, after a year which has seen them chalk up their second number one album.
Rapper Dizzee Rascal was named best British male solo artist, and JLS scooped two awards for best breakthrough act and best British single for "Beat Again."
There were also two special awards to mark 30 years of the Brits.
Oasis, who have recently split up, received the award for best Brits album of the past three decades for their record "(What's The Story) Morning Glory?".
The Spice Girls were honoured for the best Brits performance of the past 30 years, for their rendition of "Wannabe / Who Do You Think You Are?" in 1997.
The show suffered a shaky start when the sound disappeared and the host appeared confused, tapping his microphone to check it was working while the message "audio is muted" came on screens.
But the Brits avoided the controversy that it has generated in previous years.
In 1996, Michael Jackson's performance of "Earth Song" was interrupted when Pulp singer Jarvis Cocker ran across the stage and waved his bottom in Jackson's direction.
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