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Raye breaks British record for most wins in a year as Kylie Minogue closes show after winning global icon gong


Raye broke the record for the most UK awards won in a year – winning six prizes, including Best Song, Best Artist and Best Album.

The star was visibly emotional as she collected the Best Album statuette for her debut album, My 21st Century Blues, saying: “You just don’t understand what this means to me.”

She was joined by her grandmother, Agatha, on stage and apologized while breaking down in tears, joking: “I cry ugly on national television.”

The star told the crowd that her middle name was also Agatha and added: “My grandmother is awake until 3am and prays for me and my beautiful sisters.”

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Raye calls success a ‘miracle’

Striped26, also won awards for Best R&B Group, Best New Artist and Songwriter of the Year – a gong announced before the ceremony – and performed a medley of his songs, including Ice Cream Man and Escapism, during the show.

Before his win, the record for the most Brits won in one evening was four, jointly held by Harry Styles, Adele And Get confused – but this has now been broken.

It’s an incredible journey for the London-born singer, who called up his former label in 2021 and subsequently released his debut album on his own terms as an independent star.

She topped the charts at the start of 2023 and was also shortlisted for the prestigious Mercury Prize last year – she now breaks the British record. Speaking to Sky News on the red carpet before the show, she described everything that has happened to her in recent years as “a miracle”.

Raye only lost one prize: best pop group, which went to Dua Lipa.

Kylie Minogue – truly a global icon

Kylie Minogue performs on stage during the Brit Awards 2024 at the O2 Arena.  Photo: PA
Ladies and gentlemen, your British global icon: Kylie Minogue. Photo: PA

The show was closed by Kylie Minoguewho performed a medley of her hits with a series of costume changes – starting with 2023 smash Padam Padam and including Can’t Get You Out Of My Head, Love At First Sight and All The Lovers – after being nominated global icon of this year.

Her award was announced with a look back at her five-decade career, taking in her journey from I Should Be So Lucky to Padam Padam, Can’t Get You Out Of My Heard and a string of her other hits.

Accepting his award, the Australian star paid tribute to Raye’s achievement, saying: “I’m just going to sob with Raye – Raye, you did that.”

Minogue told the audience that there was still “a part of me that is the 14-year-old girl in the room who dreams of making music.”

Speaking to the music students in the room, she said, “I just feel your promise and I’m so excited for you.”

“I love you and always will, you have my heart,” the icon added.

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Dua Lipa on stage after winning Best Pop Act during the Brit Awards 2024 at the O2 Arena, London.  Photo date: Saturday March 2, 2024. PA Photo.  See PA story SHOWBIZ Brits.  Photo credit should read: James Manning/PA Wire
Dua Lipa opened the show and was also named best pop group. Photo: James Manning/PA

Elsewhere, Jungle was named Group of the Year, while in the other genre categories, voted for by the public, Bring Me The Horizon won Best Alternative/Rock Group, Casisdead won Best Group hip-hop/grime/rap. , and Calvin Harris was the winner of this year’s dance number.

In the international categories, Miley Cyrus’ Flowers was named best song, boygenius was named best group and SZA was named best artist.

The full list of awards won by Raye (and some by other stars)

Album of the Year – Raye, My 21st Century Blues
Artist of the Year – Raye
Song of the year – Raye ft 070 Shake, Escapism
Best New Artist – Raye
R&B Act – Raye
Songwriter of the Year – Raye
Band of the Year – Jungle
International Artist of the Year – SZA
International Group of the Year – boygenius
International Song of the Year – Miley Cyrus, Flowers
Alternative/rock band – Bring Me The Horizon
Hip-hop/grime/rap actor – Casisdead
Dance number – Calvin Harris
Pop act – Dua Lipa
Producer of the Year – Chase & Status
British Global Icon – Kylie Minogue
Rising British Star – The Last Dinner Party


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