At this point we go all BRIT Awards, with special categories for homegrown and overseas acts. First up...
BEST BRITISH GROUP - MADNESS
Well, cor blimey guv'nor, who'd have thought it in 2009 - some thirty years after they first plonked themselves in the UK charts with the 2-Tone ska of The Prince - that Camden's finest would return with a quite stupendous record. A concept album, no less. Augmented by an equally stupendous, extremely evocative concert film interspersed with Carl Smythe's cheeky gothic monologues, The Liberty Of Norton Folgate reminded everyone how bloody marvellous Madness could be.
For all these reasons, they scoop the EGGIES' Best British Group gong, which too often goes to Coldplay or Keane or whatnot. Hurrah.
FLORENCE + THE MACHINE
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