Arctic Monkeys, Bastille and David Bowie triumph at BRIT Awards 2014

Alex Turner of the Arctic Monkeys

Some of Radio X's favourite acts won some of the key categories, including Best British Group, Best British Solo Male and British Breakthrough Act.

Arctic Monkeys opened the ceremony, which took place at London's O2 this evening (19 February).

The Sheffield band won Best British Group and Mastercard British Album Of The Year. Alex Turner made one of his classic speeches, as he took home the album award for the excellent AM:

"That rock and roll - it just won't go away. It might hibernate from time to time and sink back into the swamp. But the cyclical nature of the universe in which it exists demands it adheres to some of its rules.

"But it's always waiting there, just around the corner, ready to make its way back through the sludge and smash though the glass ceiling looking better than ever. It seems like it's fading away sometimes. But it will never die. And there's nothing you can do about it."

The Bastille boys, however, were pleased to be awarded the Best British Breakthrough Act, beating off stiff opposition from Tom Odell, London Grammar, Laura Mvula and Disclosure (again).

Noel Gallagher presented the Best British Male Solo Artist to David Bowie, but the Thin White Duke was too cool to appear in person at the O2 and sent Kate Moss down instead. In a statement, Bowie said: "Kate comes from Venus and I'm from Mars. I'm completely delighted to have a BRIT. And Scotland - stay with us." That's the Scottish Independence question sorted then - BOWIE HAS SPOKEN.

The full list of winners is:



British Female Solo Artist
Ellie Goulding

International Male Solo Artist
Bruno Mars

British Breakthrough Act
Bastille

British Group
Arctic Monkeys

Global Success Award
One Direction

British Single
Rudimental Ft Ella Eyre - Waiting All Night

Critics Choice
Sam Smith

Best Producer
Flood and Alan Moulder

International Group
Daft Punk

British Male Solo Artist
David Bowie

International Female Solo Artist
Lorde

British Video
One Direction - Best Song Ever

Mastercard British Album Of The Year
Arctic Monkeys - AM