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Emeli Sande triumphs at BRITs 2013

Updated: 2013-02-21 13:40
Emeli Sande triumphs at BRITs 2013

Emeli Sande and Ben Howard triumphed at the BRIT Awards 2013, taking home two awards each.

Scottish singer Emeli triumphed by scooping the British Female Solo Artist and Mastercard British Album of the Year trophies for her debut, 'Our Version of Events', at the event, held at London's The O2 venue, this evening (20.02.13).

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Accepting her award for British Female Solo Artist - presented to her by Taylor Swift - Emeli said: "Wow, this is amazing, this is incredible, I'm so happy to win this. I was up against so many wonderful artists. "Thank you to my wonderful family, my mum, dad, my wonderful husband. Thank you to everyone who believed in me."

Picking up Best Album later in the night, she added: "I think I'm a very lucky pop star. This is an album I wrote because I didn't have the strength to say these things. The fact that people have connected with these songs doesn't make me feel so lonely.

"This is a dream really. Thank you for this award and thank you for this year."

Meanwhile Ben was the surprise winner of the night, taking home British Male Solo Artist and British Breakthrough Act.

Accepting the Breakthrough award - voted for by listeners of BBC Radio 1 - he humbly said: "I'm not very good at speeches. I'm also not very good at dancing."

Speaking at the Winner's press conference a little later, he added: "I was a little shell shocked to win. This is definitely the cherry on the cake. The year had ended, the album had been so much more successful than we'd ever thought, to be nominated for the BRITs in the first place was amazing, and to actually come away with these two is... Bizarre, I think, is the best way to describe it."

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