One Direction set to play music's Brit Awards
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)
LONDON (AP) — British music put on a confident show at the Brit Awards on Wednesday, celebrating a resurgent industry whose bands and artists are topping charts around the world.
Hard rockers Muse opened the show with a typically robust performance of their song "Supremacy"— all thundering music, dazzling light show and 60-piece orchestra. Other performers ranged from world-conquering boy band One Direction to Grammy-winning folk rockers Mumford & Sons to American artists Taylor Swift and Justin Timberlake.
Timberlake, dapper in a tuxedo as he performed "Mirrors," was described by host James Corden, in a nod to Europe's horse meat scandal, as "95 percent beefcake with just a little touch of horse."
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)
Mumford & Sons, chanteuse Emeli Sande and indie band Alt-J led the nominations for the Brits, with three apiece.
Sande took the first award of the evening, for British female artist, while Mumford & Sons were named best British group.
Both have had outstanding years. Singer-songwriter Sande topped the British charts with her debut album "Our Version of Events" and performed at both the opening and closing ceremonies of the Olympics. Mumford & Sons topped U.K. and U.S. charts with their second album "Babel," which was named album of the year at the Grammys earlier this month.
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.