Lily courts controversy at Brits
Lily Allen opened the 30th Brit Awards and immediately courted controversy by landing on stage astride a replica bomb to the sound of air raid sirens.
The singer's spokesman declined to comment on the act and a spokesman for the awards said: "When I watched it, it looked like a balloon, it did not look like what some viewers have probably misinterpreted it to be."
It proved to be a good night for The Fear singer as she picked up her first ever Brits gong when she was named Best British Female.
Lily pipped Florence And The Machine and Leona Lewis to the award, but there was consolation for Florence Welch as she picked up the Mastercard British Album award later in the evening for Lungs.
There was also success for JLS, who picked up two awards - British Breakthrough Act and Best British Single - and Kasabian, who were named Best British Group.
Dame Shirley Bassey presented the award to Lily, who wore a huge bright orange wig.
The giggling singer said: "I only wore this orange wig because I thought it would make it harder for them to find me, the cameramen, and catch my disappointed face. This doesn't happen very often for me."
Dizzee Rascal picked up the award for British Male Solo Artist, before performing an impressive duet of You Got The Dirtee Love with Florence.
Cheryl Cole, whose husband Ashley is at the centre of lurid newspaper allegations, gave a slightly chaotic performance of her song Fight For This Love where the dancing did not always seem to match the sound. After her performance, host Peter Kay said: "Fight For This Love, never a truer word spoken."