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Adele swept the Grammys on Sunday night, scooping six awards. Over at the Baftas, The Artist was the big winner, with seven golden masks. We take a look at the biggest winning artists, films and bands of the past 20 years

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Adele made her long-awaited comeback as she took six gongs to become the biggest winner at the Grammy Awards - and dedicated one of the prizes to the doctors who saved her voice.

The Rodin Project, Sadler’s Wells, London

It takes a while for The Rodin Project, the latest work from choreographer Russell Maliphant, to get out from under its own draperies. Inspired by the work of the French sculptor, with a fascinating cast who can do everything from hip hop to burlesque, the show spends too long in artistic poses.

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Sbtrkt, The Gilles Peterson Awards, Koko

As mysterious as he is wary of vowels, Sbtrkt was the toast of the evening at the The Gilles Peterson Worldwide Awards.

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Michael Kiwanuka

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There are few certainties in hit-making but one motto used to ring true – January is a dead month for music.

Brit School graduate Jessie J gained three nominations. She battles the chart-conquering Adele for the Best Female award

Ed Sheeran battles female stars for top billing at the Brits

He is the acoustic troubadour who began his career strumming in the empty back rooms of pubs then bedding down on friends' sofas.

20-year-old Ed Sheeran has four nominations. He's up for best British male solo artist, best British breakthrough act, best single and album of the year

Ed Sheeran leads nominations for Brit Awards

Singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran heads the field for this year's Brit Awards with four nominations.

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A large chunk of the internet is not that important to most people, it seems. This week we were told that CD sales are still falling fast, while digital album sales are increasing – all of which you might expect. But the actual figures are more surprising: 26.6 million albums were sold digitally in the UK in 2011. Meanwhile, 86.2 million actual shiny silver discs were shifted in the same year.

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Rolling in the downloads, but music sales fall

Sales of downloaded music albums jumped by a quarter last year and Adele's chart-topping 21 sold 3.8 million copies, more than any other album in Britain in a single calendar year – but neither phenomenon was enough to halt another overall decline in music sales.

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