Welsh singer Duffy swept the BRITs music awards on Wednesday with three honors including the coveted best album prize for "Rockferry." The prizes seal a remarkable debut for Duffy, a relative unknown just a year ago. Rockferry was Britain's top-selling album of 2008 and worldwide sales are close to five million.
English rockers Coldplay were left in the cold with no wins from four nominations.
Rap fans are wondering if M.I.A. will be MIA for the Oscars. The 31-year-old rapper is a nominee for her collaboration with the soundtrack from "Slumdog Millionaire." But the singer gave birth to her first child last week, and will likely forego a performance. Rumors are that she will probably still attend the awards.
Speaking of Oscars, preparations for the big event continued Thursday at Hollywood's Kodak Theater. Hedges and flowers were put in place, and final construction details were finished off.
Master chef Wolfgang Puck, debuted his feast for the Governors Ball, the official Oscar after party. Among other delicacies, Oscar winners can expect to dine on kobe sliders, salmon, and a special three piece chocolate box for dessert.