It was a Canadian lovefest at the Brit Awards Tuesday night as teen heartthrob Justin Bieber and Montreal rockers Arcade Fire both nabbed top awards at Britain’s equivalent of the Grammys.Just days after their Grammy Awards high, Arcade Fire won two prizes at the awards held at O2 Arena in London.
In the best international group category, Arcade Fire beat out international heavyweights Kings of Leon, Black Eyed Peas, the Script and Vampire Weekend. They also won best international album for “The Suburbs.”
“We want to thank all the British bands over the years that just completely changed our lives — from New Order to David Bowie, to The Clash, Culture Club ... and Depeche (Mode), The Smiths, every band that basically made us want to play music,” Singer Win Butler said in his acceptance speech.
“So, thank you Britain. Thank you so much for honouring us.”
Bieber won International Breakthrough Act after getting shut out of the Grammys. The 16-year-old beat out the Glee cast, Bruno Mars, The Temper Trap and The National.
Bieber thanked his fans and his rep known only as “Mike”.
“I don’t really know what to say. I want to thank my fans, all you guys are amazing, I want to thank the label over here, I and to thank Michael - over here you get an international rep and who travels with you all the time, so Mike, come up here, I want to share this with you, you’re awesome.”
Bieber hugged fellow Canadian and award presenter Avril Lavigne as he left the stage, saying: “And a fellow Canadian right here! Thank you so much everybody.”
Later on Twitter, Bieber bragged about kissing singers Rihanna and Cheryl Cole on his way to the stage.
He tweeted: “I got nervous up there and couldn't rememeber (sic) anything. Lol. I did get to kiss Cheryl Cole and Rihanna on my way to the stage. #swag lol.”
Other winners included Plan B for best British male, Londoner Tinie Tempah for British breakthrough act, Cee-Lo Green for International male and Rihanna for International female.
Performers included Adele, Mumford and Sons, Rihanna and Cee Lo Green.
Most of the awards are chosen by record industry figures and music critics.