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After weeks of speculation and anticipation, last night’s (21/02/2012) Brit Awards left little to chance as celebrities and fans alike packed into the O2 arena in London.

There were a whole host of honours dished out with Adele's hugely popular, multiple Grammy-winning album 21 receiving the award for female solo artist and Album of the Year.

Adele had performed earlier in the evening offering up a cautious rendition of Rolling in the Deep, but it was Ed Sheeran, the night's other double winner after taking home best British male solo artist and best British breakthrough, that shone on stage. After a quick costume change the singer-songwriter performed a note perfect version of his single, Lego House.

Other winners at the BRIT Awards last night included Lana Del Rey, who won the award for international breakthrough act, Coldplay picked up the award for British music group, the Foo Fighters for international music group and a surprising win for One Direction's "What Makes You Beautiful" as they were handed the British single of the year.

The evening ended with a sour note as Adele clambered on stage to give her acceptance speech for Album of the Year.

But the Tottenham born starlet was rushed off the main stage to for a rather disappointing closing performance by 90’s pop-rock legends Blur, who picked up an award for outstanding contribution to music earlier in the ceremony. After an uncomfortable James Corden asked Adele to leave the stage, the singer flipped Brit award “suits” the finger while saying, "Can I just say then, goodbye, and I’ll see you next time round, then?"

The incident upset Corden, who said afterwards: "I don't understand what happened but I'm upset about it. Blur get to play for 11 minutes and she gets to say thank you once."

Many were left unconvinced by this year’s ceremony, with the Arts Desk website noting “For those into legacy, who might care about how this show will be remembered, it was the lowest BRITs climax for years.”


According to NME, ex-Blur front man Damon Albarn confirmed that the band “have been meeting up regularly and recording again.”

With the reunion of The Stone Roses back in October we could be in for another treat with the reformation of Britpop legends, Blur. Back in February 2011, Coxon told the NME that while "Every now and then we like to meet up and record a few things".

Blur have never been afraid of reinventing themselves. From the shoegaze influences of their debut album Leisure in 1991 right up to the 2003 album Think Tank, which was comparatively different and drew on a range of styles including jazz and hip-hop. The band are currently being covered by the Guardian to find the fans favourite Blur album.

In an interview earlier this week, the Gorillaz mastermind revealed that the band recorded a spoken word piece with poet Michael Horovitz earlier this year, in response to the very brief threat of cancelation of this year's Notting Hill Carnival. Albarn is doubtful about whether or not the track will ever see the light of day, commenting:

"If they'd have cancelled the carnival – and thank God they didn't – maybe we'd have put it out. It had its moment: it was a perfect plea to reinstate the carnival. So it wasn't relevant – it was relevant for about 12 hours."

Albarn added that he still gets an "amazing feeling" from playing with Blur and hinted at plans to play live with the band next year outside the UK. But he also explained that he's still working out how to fit Blur in with his other projects.