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Robbie's the angel of the Brits

Robbie Williams proved he was the angel of the Brits 2010 as he picked up the Outstanding Contribution To Music award, while his old foe Liam Gallagher was back to his bad boy ways.

Robbie brought the music awards to a climax with a medley of his hits - and brought the house down with his anthem Angels.

Oasis star Liam meanwhile went on stage to accept a special gong for the best album of the last 30 years, and snubbed his brother Noel, before throwing a microphone and his award into the audience.

Wearing a suit and tie, Robbie kicked off his medley with his recent single Bodies before launching into Let Me Entertain You.

The beaming singer said: "It feels really good up here, Brits. Thank you so much."

The crowd screamed at the opening bars of Angels and Robbie handed over to the audience to sing part of it. For his encore, he launched into Take That's hit Everything Changes, before rapping to his funky solo hit Rock DJ.

Liam Gallagher took to the stage to accept Oasis's award for (What's the Story) Morning Glory?. He thanked a series of people - but pointedly did not include brother Noel in the list.

Liam told the crowd: "Listen kids... the best bands in the f****** world live forever."

He then hurled a microphone into the audience, prompting an appeal for its return. As he left the stage, host Peter Kay remarked: "What a k***head."

Liam and Robbie have a history at the Brits, with Robbie challenging Liam to a fight at the 2000 ceremony, after the Gallagher brothers had made a number of jibes about him.

© Press Association