A quick synopsis. First of all, two well-deserved awards for the Foo Fighters (best international group and album) – anyone else winning those would have been a travesty in my humble opinion.

Best live band – Take That? Well, their New Year’s Even gig shown on t.v. was actually quite good, but you could imagine Muse feeling a bit hard done by. Mark Ronson won the best male artist – despite the fact that I thought his set at the Electric Proms was excellent, you have to consider that this is an award won by a man who has essentially produced an album of covers. What does that say about the range of options?

Amy Winehouse stayed sober and upright long enough to sing twice, but during her second performance she jigged and squirmed and clutched at her dress like someone needing the toilet. Or perhaps in need of something else.

Now here comes my gripe. What do people see in the Arctic Monkeys? I just don’t get it. Best album and best group. Huh? I’m in my, errr, early forties, perhaps I’m not supposed to get it. Mind you, I like the Foo Fighters, Smashing Pumpkins, Incubus, Muse, The Flaming Lips, Manic Street Preachers, Supergrass – my point is I’m not a Val Doonican fan in a rocking chair (yet). I just don’t get what people see in the Arctic Monkeys.

And finally, an outstanding contribution to music award for Sir Paul. About time too. Other than that the whole thing was rather forgettable.

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