All of the major record labels threw Brits parties after the awards ceremony on Tuesday night but the hottest ticket was Universal's do, held in the ballroom of London's Mandarin Oriental hotel. A glum-looking Lady Gaga arrived, still wearing her massive bouffant wig, but she was clearly not in the mood to celebrate her triple win. Earlier in the evening she had turned her dressing room into a shrine for her late friend, the fashion designer Alexander McQueen, who committed suicide last week. She then dedicated her performance to him. Inside the party, she chatted briefly to Courtney Love, who was at the next table and was joined by fellow winners Florence Welch and Lily Allen, who took turns DJing. Girls Aloud's Nicola Roberts and Kimberley Walsh arrived to a media scrum – but their bandmate Cheryl Cole was absent, keeping a low profile after allegations about her husband Ashley Cole.
Other guests included Pixie Lott, Tinchy Stryder, Taio Cruz, Ronan Keating and girl band The Saturdays.
At the end of the night Allen had a bust-up with her boyfriend Sam Copper in the hotel foyer, before storming off to the bathroom. Guests took home goodie bags overflowing with trainers and crystal-encrusted false eyelashes. Geri Halliwell and fiancé Henry Beckwith won the partying award, dropping into three big bashes on the night including the Sony BMG celebration at the Kensington Hotel, where double winners JLS were hanging out and the EMI after party at Notting Hill's Supperclub, where Outstanding Contribution to Music winner Robbie Williams and girlfriend Ayda Field were holding court. Across town, Jay-Z was the biggest star at the Warner party, held at Chinawhite in Soho.