David Bowie shortlisted for Mercury Prize

David Bowie's comeback album has been shortlisted for the Barclaycard Mercury Prize alongside the Arctic Monkeys, Jake Bugg and Rudimental.

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Cameron let out a 'cry of joy' over Bowie Scots plea

Prime Minister David Cameron has admitted he let out a "cry of joy" when David Bowie called for Scots to remain part of the UK.

The singer, who currently lives in New York, delivered his unexpected message, in which he urged "Scotland, stay with us", in a note read out by model Kate Moss at the Brit Awards.

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Prime Minister David Cameron during a visit to the BP Etap platform today.
Prime Minister David Cameron during a visit to the BP Etap platform today. Credit: Andy Buchanan/PA Wire

Mr Cameron told the BBC: "I was watching the Brit Awards and when I saw Kate Moss leap to the stage and utter those words I have to say I did let out a cry of joy because I'm sure that maybe someone like David Bowie might be able to reach parts of Scotland that perhaps I can't."

The day after Bowie's message Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond referenced David Bowie in a joke in the Scottish parliament.

Congratulating Eve Muirhead on her bronze medal in curling at the Sochi Games, he said:

"I am sure the whole chamber will want to join me in congratulating Eve Muirhead on winning the bronze medal in the winter Olympics. Perhaps that is a demonstration that we all can be heroes, just for one day."

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Omens are 'not good' for Scottish Independence

The future for an independent Scotland would be "fraught with risk", Treasury Chief Secretary Danny Alexander has warned.

In a Mail on Sunday article, Mr Alexander dismissed Alex Salmond's claims that Westminster's politicians were "bullying" the Scottish Government and backed pop veteran David Bowie's high profile intervention in the independence debate. He said:

David Bowie's call sparked strong reactions on both sides of an ever more passionate debate. He was attacked for being a 'celebrity', being English and not living in the UK.

The omens are not good. The SNP has failed to come up with a 'currency Plan B' even though everyone now knows keeping the pound is not an option.

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Salmond makes Bowie joke inside Scottish parliament

Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond referenced David Bowie in a joke this morning inside the Scottish parliament.

First Minister Alex Salmond inside the Scottish Parliament today.
First Minister Alex Salmond inside the Scottish Parliament today. Credit: ITV News

Congratulating Eve Muirhead on her bronze medal in curling at the Sochi Games, he said:

"I am sure the whole chamber will want to join me in congratulating Eve Muirhead on winning the bronze medal in the winter Olympics. Perhaps that is a demonstration that we all can be heroes, just for one day."

In a message delivered through Kate Moss at last night's Brit Awards, David Bowie, who lives in New York, said urged Scotland to "stay with us" as he was named British Male Solo Artist.

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Arctic Monkeys beat Bowie to British Album Of The Year

Arctic Monkeys have won the British Album Of The Year at the Brit Awards, making it the third time they have done the double at the ceremony with British Group and the best album gong.

Arctic Monkeys take to the stage.
Arctic Monkeys take to the stage. Credit: ITV/Brit Awards 2014

David Bowie, who was crowned British Male Solo Artist earlier in the awards show, lost out to the band. His first album after a 10-year hiatus, The Next Day, failed to make the grade.

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Bowie urges Scotland to 'stay with us' in Brits speech

David Bowie has urged Scotland to "stay with us" as he was named British Male Solo Artist at the Brit Awards.

Supermodel Kate Moss, who collected the gong on Bowie's behalf, read a statement which said: "In Japanese myth the rabbits from my old costume that Kate's wearing live on the moon.

Kate Moss collected the Brit Award on David Bowie's behalf.
Kate Moss collected the Brit Award on David Bowie's behalf. Credit: ITV/Brit Awards 2014

"Kate comes from Venus and I from Mars, so that's nice. I'm completely delighted to have a Brit for being the best male, but I am, aren't I Kate? I think it's a great way to end the day.

"Thank you very, very much and Scotland - stay with us.

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Boy George: It would be really good if Bowie wins

Boy George told ITV News it would be "really good" if David Bowie wins a Brit Award tonight "because all pop music at the moment is centred around a certain demographic".

"Basically in this country if you're over a certain age you won't get played on Radio One which is shocking - this sort of idea that if you're past 30 you're not relevant, it's a cliche!"

The singer said he "hopes" Bowie wins his first Brit in nearly 20 years.

"I think it would be the right thing", he said. "I think everybody would be so happy if he wins - I think there will be a big, big, huge roar of approval if he wins".

Watch the Brit Awards tonight at 8pm on ITV and visit the Brits website for more news and gossip

David Bowie tipped for first Brits success in 20 years

David Bowie is being tipped to receive his first Brit Award for almost two decades tonight.

Bowie, 67, leads the field to take the British Male Solo Artist award at the Brits after his comeback last year with album The Next Day following a 10-year hiatus.

A triumph for Bowie would make him the oldest recipient of a Brit Award. The current record holder is Sir Tom Jones, who was given an honorary prize for his outstanding contribution to music in 2003, when he was 62.

Bowie has also received a nomination for British Album Of The Year.

Watch the Brit Awards tonight at 8pm on ITV and visit the Brits website for more news and gossip

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