Pop royalty Prince kicks-off Brit Awards
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.