Worse was that the few surprises littered among the list - Calvin Harris for 'Best Male', Jessie Ware for 'Best Female' - failed to pick up prizes; their much safer counterparts Ben Howard and Emeli Sandé winning instead.
Little Mix, Labrinth, Ed Sheeran and more talk to Digital Spy at the Brit Awards 2013:
Sandé - whose debut LP Our Version of Events was last year's biggest seller - took home the coveted 'Best Album' award, while Mumford & Sons, whose latest set Babel was the fastest-selling record of 2012, predictably won 'Best Band'.
The feeling appeared to be mutual amongst the awards' sponsors. Jay Marciano, the European CEO of AEG - which hosts the Brits - told Digital Spy that they hope to make next year's Brits a "week-long event like the Grammys", where a string of pre-parties and warm-up events would hopefully draw more attention to the night itself.
Even presenter James Corden seemed more interested in last year's ceremony as he dragged up the awkward moment where he was forced to cut Adele's acceptance speech due to overrunning. Fortunately, his quip to Harry Styles about Sharon Osbourne and Annie Lennox ("Which one have you got your eye on?") offered a brief moment of light relief.
Awards aside, the opening performance from Muse of 'Supremacy' - accompanied by a wall of violinists and indoor fireworks - was spectacular, while Taylor Swift completed her transition from doe-eyed country singer to fully-fledged popstar with a dress-ripping rendition of 'I Knew You Were Trouble'. Frustratingly, neither picked up a much-deserved gong.
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