Chart-topping star Emeli Sande took the first of the honours at the Brit Awards as she collected the best female solo artist prize.

The 25-year-old - who is up for three trophies - beat stars such as Jessie Ware and the late Amy Winehouse to land the award. Picking up the Damien Hirst-designed trophy from US star Taylor Swift, she said: "This feels amazing. This is incredible and and I'm so happy to win this award."

She was at the O2 Arena among the cream of British and international stars for the event. The singer, who was raised near Aberdeen, thanked her husband, Adam Gouragine, whom she married last summer.

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Mumford & Sons picked up the award for best British group, two years after missing out on the prize when they were previously shortlisted. It was the band's second Brit win, having collected the best album prize in 2011.

Adele got the award for best British hit single for her James Bond theme, Skyfall. The best British breakthrough prize went to Ben Howard, who was last year nominated for the Mercury Music Prize. Howard later won the award for the best British male solo artist.

Lana Del Rey picked up the prize for best international female solo artist and Black Keys took the award for best international group. Meanwhile, Coldplay were declared best live act, beating the likes of Muse, Mumford & Sons and the Rolling Stones.

US duo Black Keys took the best international group prize, with Foo Fighters star Dave Grohl presenting the award and collecting it on their behalf as they were not able to attend. The best international male award went to US star Frank Ocean, beating figures such as Bruce Springsteen and Jack White.

Children's charity War Child, which has had close links to the music world with fundraising concerts and albums, was handed a special recognition award two decades after it was established. The organisation helps young people who are caught up in war zones.

The most prized award of the night, best album, went to Emeli Sande for her debut release Our Version Of Events.

One Direction picked up the inaugural global success prize to recognise their international sales. Last year both their albums were in the top five biggest sellers in the US.