The 1975, DJ Harris take top BRIT awards

The 1975 won BRITs for British Group and Album of the Year. Photo: Reuters
The 1975 won BRITs for British Group and Album of the Year. Photo: Reuters

The 1975 and DJ Calvin Harris were the main winners at the BRIT Awards, each scooping two prizes at Britain's annual pop music honours.

The 1975 were named British Group and won the biggest prize of Wednesday night, Mastercard British Album of the Year, for A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships.

DJ Calvin Harris. Photo: Reuters
DJ Calvin Harris. Photo: Reuters

Harris, a Scottish DJ who has recorded worldwide hits with the likes of Rihanna and Sam Smith, triumphed for the first time at the British Record Industry Trust (BRIT) awards, taking the Producer prize and British Single category for his One Kiss collaboration with singer Dua Lipa.

American singer-songwriter Pink, who closed the event with a medley of her hits, was honoured with the Outstanding Contribution to Music Award, the first international artist to receive the prize.

"This is all too much," the Raise Your Glass and Just Like a Pill singer said in her acceptance speech.

"To be considered in the same category as David Bowie and The Beatles and Sir Elton (John) and Sir Paul (McCartney) and the Eurythmics and Fleetwood Mac, it's beyond anything my brain can comprehend."

Pink performing at the Brit Awards at London's O2 Arena. Photo: Reuters
Pink performing at the Brit Awards at London's O2 Arena. Photo: Reuters

Soulful singer Jorja Smith won Best Female Solo Artist, after triumphing with the Critics' Choice Award at last year's ceremony. 

Summer hit Shotgun singer George Ezra won the British Male Solo Artist.

British Artist Video of the Year went to all-girl group Little Mix for their Woman Like Me collaboration with rapper Nicki Minaj while Leave a Light On singer Tom Walker won British Breakthrough Act.

The show, at London's O2 arena, featured several performances by the likes of Ezra, Little Mix and The 1975.

Hollywood star Hugh Jackman opened the ceremony with a performance from his musical film The Greatest Showman.

In the international categories, Thank U, Next chart-topper Ariana Grande took International Female Solo Artist while Canadian rapper Drake took International Male Solo Artist

The Carters, made up of married duo Beyonce and rapper husband Jay-Z, took the International Group prize.

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