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Class acts but no surprises at last night's Brits

There was no mistaking that the crowd were in two camps - those of JLS and Lady Gaga - at last night's Brit awards. The former delivered a spectacularly thumping version of their ever-popular Beat Again, which took on a new dimension with a tougher bass, and the latter similarly delivered a brilliant performance, betraying a rather powerful and beautiful voice before her performance, that could easily lend itself to old-fashioned soul. Her main attraction though remains her ability to command a brilliant piece of stage theatrics, although it would be god to hear more from this softer side in future; this was one Lady definitely worthy of the three BRIT awards she took home.

Cheryl Cole speaks of 'romantic' Ashley

Cheryl Cole spoke about her husband's "romantic" side just days before Ashley Cole faced newspaper reports about sex texts sent from his mobile.

E Jane Dickson: We love to hunt down fakery. But is it worth it?

Either the British security service was complicit in cruel treatment or not

Susie Rushton: Enjoy the travel chaos while it lasts

So you left the house yesterday and something like this happened: Your feet slithered about on the pavement, either causing you to skid and fall, painfully, or almost fall, making your stomach lurch. Yet you trudged on, resolutely, feeling like Viggo Mortensen in those posters for The Road except without small child to lean on for balance.

Ready to Wear: Those expecting the CdG Barbie to be clad in a black shroud will be disappointed

It's not that the Comme des Garçons designer, Rei Kawakubo, dislikes feminine clichés. Far from it. In the past, her visionary collections have featured hearts, flowers, pom-poms, polka dots, frills of all shapes and sizes and even more than a little powder pink all, however, in a wilfully contrary – even twisted – way.

Mixed signals for Michael Jackson album sales

The new Michael Jackson record "This Is It" hits stores around the world on Monday, kicking off a week of money-spinning events dedicated to the "king of pop," but the outlook for the two-disc album is decidedly mixed.

Album: Cheryl Cole, 3 Words, Polydor

Sometimes, a Girl Aloud would do better to stay silent

Album: Cheryl Cole, 3 Words (Fascination)

Just as Whitney Houston's comeback album follows an autobiographical subtext in which most of the material deals with her overcoming her tribulations, so does Cheryl Cole's solo debut appear to follow an equivalent subtext in which the path to romantic fulfillment is pock-marked with treachery, uncertainty and secrecy.

They're shoulder pads, but not as we know them

There are shoulder pads. And then there are shoulders so sharp they should carry a health warning. With the likes of Victoria Beckham and Rihanna plumping for the latter, the autumn trend for substantial shoulders has gone from evoking memories of Dynasty to harking back to another TV favourite: Star Trek.

Lily Allen wins libel damages

Lily Allen accepted substantial undisclosed libel damages today over a claim that she made offensive remarks about the Beckhams and Ashley and Cheryl Cole.

Cheryl Cole to front L'Oreal ads

Her style is copied by women around the country - and now Cheryl Cole has landed a deal to front beauty brand L'Oreal Paris.

Everyone is turning red: This autumn we'll go auburn

Scarlet for Scarlett, berry for Peaches ... This autumn we'll go auburn, say style gurus.

Lisa Markwell: A good tan isn't worth dying for

We need to get serious about this: sunbeds should be banned altogether

thecocknbullkid - A no-nonsense pop star

thecocknbullkid has already wowed Glastonbury with her sassy electro. Now she's poised for chart success. It won't change her, she tells Alexia Loundras
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