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The Duke of Cambridge joined the musicians on stage for the finale

Take That spend £400,000 on Brits afterparty

Take That spent £400,000 on their BRIT Awards afterparty after triumphing in Best Group category last night.

Folk rocks! Brits strike an alternative chord

The sweet, plaintive vocals of folk singer Laura Marling sang out the start of a more critically respectable era for the oft-maligned Brit Awards.

Cee Lo Green looking for beautiful stranger

Cee Lo Green is planning to "spend the night with some beautiful stranger" after the BRIT Awards.

Tinie Tempah wants to be a role model

Tinie Tempah wants to be a role model.

Mike Skinner: How I stopped doubting and became streetwise

Chancer or genius? As Mike Skinner releases Computers and Blues, his final album as The Streets, John Walsh explains how rap's own Cole Porter finally got under his skin

Chase & Status, Koko, London

Chase & Status need to do very little to stir up a crowd.

Julie Burchill: Say goodbye to the Enlightenment. We are living in the age of goatsuckers

They call him THE GOATSUCKER. Or rather they did. Because the chupacabra – a fearsome monster first spotted in 1995, who according to the Fortean Times, is the third most famous mythical beast after Bigfoot and Nessie (which sounds like an R&B producer duo about to open shop with Tinie Tempah) – has recently been revealed as a hoax by the other, smarter FT.

Why British is best for the aces of bass

Chase & Status could have had the pick of the US A-listers on their latest album – but they went native instead, they tell Elisa Bray

JLS, 02 Arena, London

Relentless screams filled the arena as glow sticks, foam hands and cameras were ready and waiting to be thrust into the air with total abandon. As their latest album's title track, "Outta This World", boomed out of the speakers, the 2008 X Factor runners-up made their entrance in a car suspended above the audience that cruised leisurely overhead. Slightly uninspired, the audience changed their minds and sat down – the potential for un-restrained joy lost out to strategic attempts to secure eye contact with one's band member of choice, be it Aston, Marvin, JB or Oritsé.

Tinie Tempah sets the bar in Brit Award nominations

A South London rapper has led the way in this year's Brit Award nominations, which also saw veteran rocker Robert Plant nominated for the first time in the awards' 34-year history.

Cultural Life: Tinie Tempah, musician

Music: I've been listening to this group from Australia called Miami Horror. Their album 'Illumination' is brilliant, it's incredible dance music. There's also a female rapper called Nicki Minaj, whose new album 'Pink Friday' is brilliant. And Kanye West's latest 'My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy' is amazing. I bought the new Take That album 'Progress' the other day. It's nice. It's more like their earlier stuff – I like it.

Alan Partridge comeback up for South Bank comedy award

Alan Partridge's online-only comeback is to take on acclaimed BBC TV shows for a highbrow comedy award.

Bashy - The bus driver who found a ticket to hip-hop fame

When fans mobbed Bashy in his cab, the rapper knew it was time to get off the 183 to Golders Green and plan a route to stardom. Charlotte Cripps goes a few stops with him

Tinie Tempah, Koko, London

When Tinie Tempah announced to the crowd: "This is the best city in the world by far," before ripping into his hit song "Frisky", the place was reverberating with cheering people bouncing around in excitement.

The tastemakers bank on an Asian music uprising

British record labels have traditionally lumped all South Asian-inspired pop into a one-size-fits-all category. But now, says Ian Burrell, that could be about to change
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