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BRIts INDIE BAND SCOOP BEST BREAKTHROUGH ACT AT AWARDS Scots get seal of approval.

Byline: By Beverley Lyons ..HDLN: FRAT'S THE WAY TO DO IT

THE FRATELLIS are the toast of Scottish music after a stunning win at last night's Brit Awards.

The Glasgow band were named Best Breakthrough Act ahead of the much-fancied James Morrison, Corrine Bailey Rae, The Kooks and Lily Allen.

They were probably the least known of all the Scots acts up for a Brit.

The boys played their first gig in just 2005 but their one and only album so far, CostelloMusic, has been a huge hit, spawning several top singles.

And the celebration from Jon, Barry and Mince was certainly made in Scotland - as the lads took to the Earl's Court stage for their gong armed with a bottle of Irn-Bru.

Thrilled frontman Jon paid tribute to the group's fans.

He said: "We have to thank the people at the very beginning, the fans who were in this at the start. They never forget us."

Barry added: "I just want to thank myma' and da'."

The "brothers" victory - only one of them, bass guitarist Barry, is a Fratelli - was the highlight of the night for the Scots.

Paisley singing sensation Paolo Nutini was pipped to the Best British Male Award by Morrison.

And Snow Patrol, who helped get the party rolling with a performance of hit single Chasing Cars, also left disappointed, despite three nominations.

Arctic Monkeys edged the Glasgow-based band to the Best British Group and Best British Album awards, while Take That's Patience earned them the Best Single honour over Chasing Cars. The Sheffield Monkeys didn't turn up to receive their gongs, which is the latest in a long line of awards for their debut album Whatever Everyone Says I Am, That's What I'm Not.

The cheeky teens, who usually snub awards ceremonies, instead gave two pre-recorded and clearly scripted acceptance speeches.

The bizarre clips saw them dressed up as Dorothy, the Lion, the Tin Man and the Scarecrow from The Wizard Of Oz to receive their Best Album award.

For the Best Band gong, the boys dressed up as camp 70s disco band the Village People.

Along with the Arctic Monkeys, The Killers were the other double winners on the night.

The American rockers scooped awards for Best International Album and Best International Group. And hell-raising jazz singer Amy Winehouse was celebrating her British Female Solo Artist gong.

Winehouse, 2 3, with her distinctive beehive hairdo, beat hotly-tipped Allen and soul singer Bailey Rae to the title.

Justin Timberlake and Nelly Furtado we renamed Best International Male and Female.

But Oasis stole the show as Liam and Noel Gallagher and the rest of the band closed the ceremony with five classic songs after receiving a Lifetime Achievement award from Beatles legend Ringo Starr.

Cigarettes And Alcohol, Morning Glory, Don't Look Back In Anger, Rock 'n' Roll Star and The Meaning Of Soul went down a storm.

But Noel admitted he had no intention of keeping his trophy. He said: "We actually make a rule of not keeping any awards we have.

"Because we only get one trophy and of course there are five of us in the group, we give our awards to someone else.

Interviewed later about whether he'd ever go solo, Noel said being in a band was "more fun" and added he'd seen other singers end up as "very lonely boys" after quitting bands.

But he left no doubt that he felt he'd be a great success on his own.

He said: "If I was a solo artist I would be the biggest solo artist in the country easy, no messing.

"Don't ever think I couldn't do it. I could. I'd be bigger than Elvis."

On stage earlier, brother Liam showed he's still a rebel.

As they received their award he said: "Is that it? I suppose it'll have to do seeing as we don't get nominated for these things anymore."

Organisers had promised an all-singing, all-dancing show and delivered nothing less.

Host Russell Brand shocked some in the crowd with jokes about actor Keith Allen and Robbie Williams, who is currently in rehab in the US.

But soul singer Joss Stone, who had led the red carpet charge along with Winehouse in racy frocks, later jumped to his defence.

Soul singer Joss Stone, onstage to present James Morrison's award, sent "big, big, big love" to Robbie.

After getting her gong, Amy Winehouse said: "I'm just glad my mum and dad are here."

And Take That's Gary Barlow summed up what the whole boy band must have thought when he said the award was "unbelievable".

BRAND'S RANTS

If we were ants, the best male would get to have sex with the Queen.

Just because we're not ants, doesn't mean we shouldn't honour their tradition. And if someone handed you a picture of the Queen's privates, don't say you wouldn't look.

BRAND'S RANTS

Keith was the first person to produce Lily Allen. He produced her from his willy.

Time for British Breakthrough. Which act has broken through and pierced the hymen and ejaculated?

BRAND'S RANTS

I'm here on stage with the padlock to Robbie William's medicine cabinet. Let me entertain you? We will be all right as long as Robbie doesn't need 60 cigarettes, 20 espressos, Red Bull and some happy pills.

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AMY WIN-HOUSE: The singer with her award, far left, and Noel Gallagher, above left, on stage. Scot Paolo Nutini, above, is all smiles despite missing out on a gong; GROUP EFFORT: The Fratellis' thank-you speech, top. Above, Take That and Nelly Furtado. Right, Joss Stone's wild dress; HOST: Russell
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Date:Feb 15, 2007
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