EMI chairman Guy Hands consoled himself after EMI's Coldplay missed out on the awards at the band's late-night charity gig at the Shepherd's Bush Empire, reports The Financial Times. The star-studded War Child benefit saw Coldplay share an encore with Take That singer Gary Barlow , U2's Bono and the Killers.
The Terra Firma boss was deep in conversation with silver-jacketed Pet Shop Boys frontman Neil Tennant on the VIP balcony as U2 guitarist The Edge looked on. As Coldplay took to the stage at 1am, the besuited Mr Hands had to stifle a yawn, but he did manage to snap a couple of photos of the world's biggest-selling band on his mobile phone, to really treasure that 'I was there' moment.
It was a good night for Universal Music's owner Lucian Grainge at the Brit Awards midweek, with the record group's acts - including Duffy, Elbow and Girls Aloud - winning eight out of the 13 awards. Among Mr Grainge's guests were Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone accompanied by his daughter Tamara , but sans wife Slavica.
You can download a LOT of pictures from the night here with more in the Coldplaying Gallery, and reviews and feedback from the gig are still pouring in at the Coldplay Live forum [thanks Jenjie, Mimixxx, SueDeNimes, LittleMissMessy, bello-lo, scusi, crazyduckette, laura84, marianatsl, kspillers2, KissesBirds, Dejan, iriden, sophierose23 and everyone else I haven't mentioned!]