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Group gong for Take That.

MARK Owen thanked bandmate Robbie Williams for rejoining Take That as the manband were crowned Best British Group for the first time at the Brit Awards.

The five-piece kicked off this year's event with a show-stopping performance of their new single Kidz.

They took to the stage at the O2 in Greenwich, south-east London, last night, accompanied by an advance guard of dancers dressed like riot police.

They accepted the group gong from Dermot O'Leary, beating bands including The xx and Mumford and Sons to the prize.

On stage, Owen gestured to Williams and said: "Can I say thanks for coming back mate.

Appreciate it. It's a real pleasure for the five of us to be up here."

It was also a good night for Tinie Tempah, real name Patrick Okogwu, who won two awards -British Breakthrough Act and British Single for his debut Pass Out. Picking up the first award, the rapper said: ''I want to big up God and my family for sticking by me when times are hard.'' Album of the year went to nu-folkies Mumford and Sons for Sigh No More while Plan B picked up the award for British Male Solo Artist.

The Critics' Choice award went to Jessie J who said she wanted it to spur her on to greater success, and singer-songwriter Laura Marling was named best British Female Solo Artist, dedicating the award to her mum.

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WHAT A NIGHT: Brit Award winners Take That on stage, above, and Jessie J, Tinie Tempah and Laura Marling, with their trophies, right
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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Feb 16, 2011
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