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Soul singer Amy Winehouse _ who died in July 2011 from accidental alcohol poisoning _ was among the other nominees for British female artist, eligible thanks to her posthumous “Lioness: Hidden Treasures” album. Her father, Mitch Winehouse, arrived for the awards ceremony at London’s O2 Arena wearing a waistcoat emblazoned with a picture of his daughter.

Coldplay was named best British live act, beating nominees including The Rolling Stones, who celebrated their 50th anniversary with a series of sold-out shows last year.

Adele won the best British single prize for her James Bond theme “Skyfall.” The soulful singer sent a message from Los Angeles, where she is rehearsing for Sunday’s Academy Awards.

There was no repeat of last year, when she was cut-off mid-speech because the show was running late _ an incident Corden referred to in mock-embarrassment several times.

The Black Keys were named best international group, while Del Rey took the trophy for international female solo artist. The U.S. singer, who began as an Internet sensation, won a breakthrough Brit award last year and on Wednesday thanked Britain for supporting her.

The international male trophy went to R&B star Frank Ocean, who said it was “definitely a long way from working fast food in New Orleans” _ and was the only winner to thank artist Damien Hirst for creating the polka-dot Brit Awards statuette.

Style standouts included Swift, who performed “I Knew You Were Trouble” in a hoop-skirted white number _ more wedding cake than wedding dress _ that she shed to reveal black undergarments. Jessie J drew attention in a deeply low-cut black dress.

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

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Online: www.brits.co.uk