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February 18, 2009

Duffy sweeps BRITs

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Kewpie doll/Welsh singing star Duffy took home a single Grammy the other night for her pop confection "Rockferry," but she romped at today's BRITs in London.

Meanwhile, recent Grammy lords Coldplay left empty-handed.

Duffy, who was seemingly everywhere promoting her record last year and its soulful, licensing-ready single, "Mercy," won best album, British female and British breakthrough artist trophies. She's sold 5 million copies of that CD so far. She went 3-for-4. 

Coldplay, on the other hand, went 0-for-4. (They're in good company, with Grammy champ Robert Plant not even registering a nod at the annual music awards.)

Other winners included Kings of Leon, Kanye West, Katy Perry, Paul Weller and Iron Maiden. Iron Maiden?

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