Emeli Sande topped the BRIT Awards on Wednesday (February 20) picking up best British female solo artist and British album of the year. Ben Howard scooped best British male solo artist and breakthrough artist. Adele won best single for her James Bond theme "Skyfall" - but she was not at the event, instead choosing to rehearse for the Oscars in Los Angeles. Folk rock band Mumford and Sons were named best British group. The awards were handed out at the O2 arena in London.