Britain honors the Pet Shop Boys
Congratulations to the Pet Shop Boys, who were honored Feb. 18 for their Outstanding Contribution To Music at the BRIT Awards in London.
The duo were introduced onto the stage by Brandon Flowers of the Killers, according to NME.com. "Flowers told the crowd that when he was 13, he found himself choosing between albums by the Smiths and Pet Shop Boys, with only enough money to buy one," NME reports. "He said he eventually chose Pet Shop Boys, with the decision being an important one for his musical life. 'I was introduced to a new world of beats and sophistication,' said Flowers."
The Pet Shop Boys themselves -- Chris Lowe and Neil Tennant -- thanked the fans and then launched into a medley of greatest hits -- Suburbia, Always on My Mind, Go West -- before getting plenty of help from other musicians on hand. (NEW: Watch their live medley here!)
Pet Shop Boys' next album -- Love Etc. -- is set for release in mid-March. If you need to play catch-up, go to this website, which offers explanation and interpretation for every song written by Lowe and Tennant.