The Latest: David Bowie awarded British album of the year


Singer Chris Martin performs a George Michael song on stage at the Brit Awards 2017 in London, Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP) (Associated Press)

LONDON — The Latest on the Brit Awards ceremony (all times local): 9:42 p.m.

The Brit Award for album of the year has been awarded to David Bowie for “Blackstar.”

It is the latest posthumous honor for Bowie, and the second Brit Award he won Wednesday.

His son, film director Duncan Jones, accepted the award on his behalf, noting that his father died the same year Jones became a father.

Jones said his father had “always been there supporting people who think they’re a little bit weird or a little bit different … This award is for all the kooks, and all the people who make the kooks.”

“Kooks” is the name of a song Bowie wrote for his son when he was born.

Bowie also was awarded the British male solo artist award, which was accepted by actor Michael C. Hall on his behalf.

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9:18 p.m.

Beyonce, Drake and A Tribe Called Quest have won the Brit Awards for best international artists.

The British music industry named Beyonce as the best female international solo artist and Drake the best international male solo artist.

Hip hop group A Tribe Called Quest was also named the best international group during Wednesday’s awards ceremony.

Beyonce beat out her sister Solange and fellow artists Rihanna, Sia and Christine and the Queens for the honor.

Drake beat out Bon Iver, Bruno Mars, Leonard Cohen and The Weeknd in the category.

None of the acts attended the ceremony to accept their awards in person, although Drake did record a message thanking fans and saying he was honored to have won.

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8:53 p.m.

The Brit Award for best British single has been awarded to Little Mix.

The girl group formed in 2011 won their first Brit Award for “Shout Out To My Ex.”

They opened the award ceremony — the U.K.’s equivalent of the Grammy awards — with a high-energy performance featuring dancers painted in silver.

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8:45 p.m.

The Brit Awards have paid tribute to George Michael, who died on Christmas Day at age 53.

His Wham! bandmate Andrew Ridgeley said that with Michael’s death, “a supernova in a firmament of shining stars has been extinguished.”

Coldplay singer Chris Martin performed a moving rendition of Michael’s “A Different Corner” — dueting with a recording of Michael himself as an orchestra of violinists accompanied them onstage.

Michael first enjoyed success with Ridgeley and Wham! before he ventured off into a solo career that made him a huge star, a level of fame…