Arctic Monkeys named best British group

The touted British invasion of the Grammy Awards didn't turn out too well on Sunday, as most of the high-profile English nominees, such as James Blunt and Corinne Bailey Rae, went home from Staples Center empty-handed. There's no such problems with the Brit Awards, whose main honors are reserved for British acts.

At Wednesday's ceremonies in London, the Arctic Monkeys were named the best British group, and the band's acclaimed "Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not" took the award for best British album.

James Morrison and Amy Winehouse won the British male and female honors, respectively, while Muse, the Fratellis and Take That won in other British categories. The Killers, Justin Timberlake, Nelly Furtado and Orson won in international categories, and Oasis was bestowed with an award for "outstanding contribution to music."

-- Richard Cromelin

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