DUFFY SWEEPS THE BRIT AWARDS


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FROM THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Soul singer DUFFY scooped top prizes for BEST ALBUM, BEST BRITISH FEMALE SOLO ARTIST and BEST BREAKTHROUGH ACT at the BRIT AWARDS – ENGLAND’S version of the GRAMMYS.

Wednesday’s trifecta caps a great year for the 24 year old WELSH singer, whose ROCKFERRY album registered 4.5 million in international sales in 2008.

COLDPLAY – who along with the sultry voiced blonde received four nominations – were given the cold shoulder.

DUFFY beat a crowded field to take the BEST FEMALE SOLO award.

By the time she took home her third prize of the evening, the emotional DUFFY was beginning to choke up.

“I’m not going to lie to you. It’s really not fucking easy,” she commented.

“It’s hard. It’s really hard.

The awards ceremony, which drew an A list crowd of music industry insiders, featured acts like DUFFY and KINGS OF LEON – who won BEST ALBUM and BEST GROUP in the INTERNATIONAL categories. Hip hop star KANYE WEST took BEST MALE, while KATY PERRY was named BEST INTERNATIONAL FEMALE.

THE PET SHOP BOYS collected the OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO MUSIC AWARD, blazing through their best known hits, including WEST END GIRLS.

THE BRITS ACADEMY, made up of 1,000 music critics and other record industry figures, decided eight of the evening’s awarda.

Others, like the BEST LIVE ACT AWARD bestowed on English heavy metal band IRON MAIDEN, are voted on by members of the public.

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