David Bowie was named best British male - an award he last won 30 years earlier - beating acts such as Jake Bugg and Tom Odell. He also became the oldest person to ever win a Brit Award, beating Sir Tom Jones who landed a prize at the age of 62.But the star who rarely leaves New York where he lives did not attend the ceremony, instead sending Kate Moss who wore one of the outfits he famously wore on stage during his Ziggy Stardust era in 1972.
Noel Gallagher announced Bowie - who made a comeback after a ten-year absence - had taken the prize.
The ex-Oasis star said: "You maniacs didn't think David Bowie was actually going to be here? David Bowie's too cool for that - he doesn't do this s***.
"David Bowie has sent his representative on earth. The one and only Kate Moss is going to receive this award on his behalf."
Moss said: "Good evening ladies and gentleman, David has asked me to say this. I'm completely delighted to have a Brit for being the best male - but I am, aren't I Kate? Yes. I think it's a great way to end the day. Thank you very, very much and Scotland stay with us."
New Zealand teenager Lorde - who had earlier performed with Disclosure - collected the best international female prize, ahead of stars such as Perry, Lady Gaga and Pink.
One Direction took their second prize of the night by picking up the best video award for the single Best Song Ever, which was voted by Twitter users during the show, which was being screened internationally on YouTube.
With more than 17 million followers on Twitter - almost three times as many as the other nominees combined - the group were always a shoo-in to pick up the prize.
For their second award, Styles managed to arrive at the same time as his bandmates, with Payne saying: "Here we are again as a five.
"Arctic Monkeys were another double winner collecting the best album prize in addition to their best group title. It is the third time in which they collected the best album and best group prizes at the Brits.
Turner accepted the prize with a philosophical ramble, telling the audience: "That rock and roll it just won't go away - it might hibernate from time to time, sink back into the swamp. I think the cyclical nature of the universe in which it exists demands it adheres to its rules, but it's always waiting there around the corner ready to make its way back through the sludge and smash through the glass ceiling looking better than ever."
"Yeah that rock and roll - it seems like its fading away sometimes, but it will never die. And there's nothing you can do about it. Thank you very much for this. I do truly appreciate it."
"Invoice me for the microphone if you need it," he added before dropping his microphone on to the stage."
Presenter Corden repeated his stunt from the previous year of kissing Radio 1 breakfast show presenter Nick Grimshaw on the lips.Nile Rodgers and Pharrell Williams rounded off the performance with a medley of hits on which they have performed.
They included Daft Punk's Get Lucky and Williams's chart-topping and Oscar-nominated single Happy.