Mumford & Sons, Adele among winners at Brit Awards
Marcus Mumford, right, Ted Dwayne, 2nd right, and Ben Lovett, of British band Mumford and Son react upon being announced winners of the Best British Group award during the BRIT Awards 2013 at the o2 Arena in London on Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)
LONDON (AP) — British music put on a brash, confident show at the Brit Awards on Wednesday, celebrating a resurgent industry whose bands and artists are topping charts around the globe.
Winners ranged from established acts such as Coldplay and Adele to world-conquering boy band One Direction, who won in the new Global Success category.
One Direction's Louis Tomlinson called the prize "absolutely mind-blowing."
American artists Frank Ocean and Lana Del Rey were among the non-British winners at a ceremony that embraced the mainstream while rewarding artists with distinctive personalities.
From left, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson, Zayn Malik, Niall Horan, and Harry Styles of British band One Direction seen arriving at the BRIT Awards 2013 at the o2 Arena in London on Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)
Surfing English folk singer Ben Howard and chanteuse Emeli Sande each won two awards.
Sande was named best British female artist and won the album of the year prize for her debut "Our Version of Events," which has been in the British charts for more than a year. Scotland-raised Sande got a big boost in 2012 when she performed at both the opening and closing ceremonies of the Olympics.
"This is a dream, really," said Sande, who beat Alt-J, Mumford & Sons, Plan B and Paloma Faith to the album prize.
Emeli Sande, right, winner of the award for Best Female Artist, embraces Taylor Swift on stage during the BRIT Awards 2013 at the o2 Arena in London on Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)
She thanked everyone "who made me feel like I'm part of something much bigger."
Howard was named British breakthrough act and British male artist of the year.