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Ben Howard: 'I'm not very good at speeches'

Ben Howard has won best British male and best breakthrough act at the Brit Awards.

As he collected his first award, he said: "I'm not very good at speeches. I'm not very good at dancing."

He also thanked his mother, saying, "She's rung a lot of old friends to ask them to vote for this."

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Ben Howard collects the award for British Male Solo during the 2013 Brit Awards Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The singer, who looked taken aback by his second win, said: "This is bizarre, isn't it? I didn't really expect it. I'm quite stoked to even come to the awards, so to come away with two of these is amazing."

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Mumford & Sons 'weren't expecting' best group win

After Mumford & Sons picked up the prize for best British group at the Brit Awards, frontman Marcus Mumford said:

Thanks very much indeed. We weren't expecting that. I don't think we've really taken the opportunity to thank people who have come to our gigs.

"We were in a group with Muse and One Direction, so it's a surprise.

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Ben Howard wins best British breakthrough act at Brits

Ben Howard has won best breakthrough act at the Brit Awards at London's 02 Arena.

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Ben Howard Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Howard had found little mainstream success until his inclusion on the Mercury Music Prize shortlist last year.

But it has helped him to gain wider recognition and he has gone on to reach number six in the album charts with debut release Every Kingdom.

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