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It was a lively but well-behaved ceremony, although the spirit of rock ‘n’ roll lived on in attendees such as The Who frontman Roger Daltrey, who presented the best album award.

“Good to see that the British music industry still has enough money for a good booze-up,” he said.

Ovation of the night went to Take That, who performed their song “Kidz” amid a phalanx of dancers dressed as riot police, in an apparent nod to Britain’s student protesters.

Most of the awards are chosen by more than 1,000 musicians, critics and record industry figures, with several decided by public vote.