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Muse kick off BRITs, Sande, Mumford & Sons win early

Published on Feb 21, 2013 7:19 AM

LONDON (REUTERS) - British rockers Muse got the 2013 BRIT Awards off to a rousing start on Wednesday with Supremacy, complete with fireworks and a full orchestra standing on balconies behind them.

Scottish singer Emeli Sande was the first winner on the night when she was named best British female and the best group award went to Mumford & Sons, who, along with Sande, were nominated for three awards going into British pop music's biggest night.

Justin Timberlake, wearing a shiny black tuxedo and matching bow tie, sang Mirrors, continuing his pop comeback ahead of the scheduled March release of The 20/20 Experience, his first album since 2006.

Among those down to perform later at a packed O2 Arena in London were Taylor Swift, Mumford & Sons and One Direction.

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