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Pop royalty Prince kicks-off Brit Awards

Published on Feb 20, 2014 6:04 AM
 
Prince and his band 3rdEyeGirl present the award for British Female Solo Artist at the Brit Awards, celebrating British pop music, at the O2 Arena in London on Feb 19, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS 

LONDON (AFP) - US pop icon Prince helped kick off the Brit Awards on Wednesday, presenting singer Ellie Goulding with the British Female Solo Artist award at a glittering ceremony in London.

The diminutive Purple Rain star - on tour in the UK - thanked London for making him feel "extra special loved," adding it had been "wonderful", before posing for a "selfie" with host James Corden.

On receiving her Brit - considered to be the UK's equivalent of a Grammy - Goulding, said: "Prince! Thank you so much I am genuinely in shock." The 27-year-old singer, who performed at Prince William's post-wedding party, scored her first UK number one last year with hit single Burn.

Sheffield four-piece Arctic Monkeys opened proceedings with a live performance of R U Mine? from their critically-acclaimed fifth album AM before being named Best British Group for the third time.

 
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