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The British music industry celebrated the best of 2013 on Wednesday, handing out two awards to Emeli Sande and Ben Howard. Mumford & Sons, Coldplay and One Direction also won awards.
Howard took home British Breakthrough Act and British Male Solo Artist. Sande won for British Female Solo Artist and Mastercard British Album of the Year for Our Version of Events.
“This is a dream, really,” Sande said, thanking everyone “who made me feel like I’m part of something much bigger.”
Mumford & Sons was named British Group of the year, topping One Direction in that category. The popular boy band still won Global Success, a new category, notes Entertainment Weekly.
Other winners included Coldplay for British live act and Lana Del Rey and Frank Ocean for International Solo Female and Male artists, respectively. Paul Epworth won British Producer of the Year, while Tom Odell won Critics’ Choice Award.
Adele also won British single for “Skyfall.”
Performers on the night included Justin Timberlake and Taylor Swift. Timberlake performed “Mirrors” in a tuxedo.
In the British press, the awards were criticized, with some noting that the British music scene just isn't as exciting as it should be. The Guardian wrote that it proved British music is “hardly thriving,” while the Telegraph welcomed readers to “the new boring.”