The 1975 were double winners at the Brit Awards at London's O2 Arena on Wednesday night, taking home the gongs for British Group and Album of the Year.

The quartet won British Group for the second time - two years on from their first win - and British Album of the Year for A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships. Frontman Matt Healy used his British Group acceptance speech to rail against misogyny in the music industry. 

Quoting his friend Laura Snapes, Healy told the audience: "In music, male misogynist acts are examined for nuance and defended as traits of difficult artists, whilst women, and those who call them out, are treated as hysterics who don't understand art."

George Ezra was the first winner of the night, winning British Male Solo Artist and describing the award as "an incredible honour".

Jorja Smith won British Female Solo Artist and said her win was "for all the little girls and women who are being themselves". Little Mix triumphed in the British Artist Video of the Year category  for their collaboration with Nicki Minaj, Woman Like Me.

Singer-songwriter Tom Walker won British Breakthrough and described his fans and those who voted for him as "absolute legends". The Critics' Choice award went to Sam Fender.

In the International categories, The Carters won the Group award; Ariana Grande was honoured with the Female Solo Artist award and Drake was named International Male Solo Artist. The three acts pre-recorded acceptance messages for the show and apologised for being unable to attend the ceremony.

For the second year running, Ed Sheeran received the Global Success Award. He is on tour and also recorded a thank-you message.

Chart supremo Calvin Harris won Producer of the Year - his first ever Brit Award - and then shared the British Single gong with Dua Lipa for their hit One Kiss, the biggest-selling song in the UK last year. 

Harris also performed a set with Dua Lipa, Sam Smith and Rag 'n' Bone Man. Other performers included The 1975, Little Mix, Jess Glynne and H.E.R., Jorja Smith and George Ezra.

Pink was honoured with the Outstanding Contribution to Music Award - the first international artist to receive the prize.

The American star said to be considered in the same category as The Beatles, David Bowie, Fleetwood Mac and Eurythmics was "beyond anything my brain can understand". She later took to the stage to close the show in spectacular style with a medley of her hits.

Hugh Jackman had kicked off the awards with a big song-and- dance number from his box office and chart hit The Greatest Showman, which included a cameo appearance by the awards' acerbic host, Jack Whitehall.

The Winners:

British Male Solo Artist
George Ezra

George Ezra savours his win Photo: Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images

British Female Solo Artist
Jorja Smith

Jorja Smith - "I didn't expect this at all" Photo: Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images

British Group
The 1975

The 1975's Matt Healy on the mic, quoting friend Laura Snapes - "In music, male misogynist acts are examined for nuance and defended as traits of difficult artists, whilst women, and those who call them out, are treated as hysterics who don't understand art" Photo: Dave J Hogan/Getty Images

British Breakthrough
Tom Walker

Tom Walker - "This is an absolute honour and a privilege" Photo: Dave Benett/Getty Images

Critics' Choice
Sam Fender

Sam Fender Photo: Jeff Spicer/Getty Images

International Group
The Carters

International Male Solo Artist

International Female Solo Artist
Ariana Grande

Global Success Award
Ed Sheeran

British Artist Video of the Year
Little Mix feat Nicki Minaj - Woman Like Me

Little Mix performed their hit Woman Like Me and then took home British Video of the Year for the track Photo: Dave Benett/Getty Images

British Producer of the Year
Calvin Harris

British Single of the Year
Calvin Harris and Dua Lipa - One Kiss

Calvin Harris feels the love from Dua Lipa Photo: Dave Benett/Getty Images

British Album of the Year
The 1975 - A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships

Outstanding Contribution to Music

Pink - "It's been an awesome 20 years" Photo: Dave J Hogan/Getty Images