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Craig Crashes Out of Brits
- 'I'm not bitter,' says empty-handed teenager

CHART-TOPPING R&B star Craig David vowed last night that he would not let his lack of success at the Brit Awards get him down.

Despite receiving six nominations for Best Album, Best UK single, Best Newcomer, Best UK Video, Best Male Performer and Best Dance Act, The 19 year old star failed to win a single award at the ceremony, held in central London yesterday. After the event David said: "Awards are something you should appreciate but they're not something you should put your career on the line for. If I pick up an award, great, if not I'm not bitter."

But only hours earlier David lashed out angrily at the voting system. "I think I have been a victim of my own success. Because I was nominated in six categories my voting has been spread," he said, before adding, " I'm not taking it personally, I'm only 19 and I'll be back. The star went on to perform his No.1 single Fill Me In, cunningly slipping in the line "six nominations and no Brit for CD".

However, bad boy of pop Robbie Williams had much to brag about. Williams scored a hat trick of gongs as he was named Best Solo Artist, Best Single (for Rock DJ), and Best Video - making him the most successful Brit Awards winner of all time. Indie-rockers Coldplay won Best British Group and Best Album for their multi-million selling debut album, Parachutes, while U2 picked up an award for outstanding contribution to music and Best International Group.

Meanwhile, newly-wed Madonna also had much to celebrate. The nine times nominated Queen of Pop finally scored her first Brit Award for Best International Female. Maddy appeared on a video link-up, which showed her wearing a dressing gown while polishing, stuck behind husband Guy Ritchie who said: "Thank you very much, Madonna would have liked to have shared this personally, but she's busy." Mads then adopted an upper crust mock-English accent and asked him: "Would you like a cup of tea darling? God save the queen."

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