Coldplay were snubbed at the Brit Awards with the band leaving empty-handed despite being nominated for four gongs.
Although the group bagged a handful of Grammys they failed to live up to their hype on this side of the Atlantic. Their latest album Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends topped the global sales chart last year with 6.6 million copies. But it lost out to Duffy's Rockferry while the title single also missed out to Girls Aloud's The Promise.
While their commercial success is certain, Coldplay's style has received mixed reviews and, while nominated for best album at the Brits, they were also up for the worst album gong at the NME Awards later this month. It was Elbow who walked off with Best Band category, while veteran rockers Iron Maiden ended Coldplay's final hope of an award by scooping Best Live Act.
Former Style Council and Jam frontman Paul Weller took the award for best British male, beating Will Young, The Streets - aka Mike Skinner, James Morrison and former Stone Roses singer Ian Brown.
The award for Weller was far from unexpected - William Hill closed the book on him over the weekend after a deluge of bets. Florence & the Machine were named critics' choice. In the international categories, the Kings of Leon won best album and best group, while rapper Kanye West took best male. Katy Perry was named best international female.
Reaching number one in more than 30 countries, Viva La Vida was seen as a shoe-in for Best Album. Their previous three albums - X&Y, A Rush Of Blood To The Head and Parachutes - have sold more than 30 million copies. The group are currently on a huge world tour, which began last year and culminates this September with two nights at Wembley Stadium. It is nine years since the band first earned worldwide fame with the release of Yellow, which quickly became the summer's anthem of 2000.
Full discussion on Coldplay at the Brit Awards 2009 at the Coldplay forum here [thanks mayurshikotra & mynickismyname]