Mark Owen thanked bandmate Robbie Williams for re-joining Take That as the band were crowned Best British Group for the first time at the Brit Awards.
The five piece kicked off this year's event with a show-stopping performance of their new single Kidz.
They took to the stage at the O2 in Greenwich, south-east London, accompanied by an advance guard of dancers dressed like riot police complete with branded shields. It was the routine they wanted to perform at the X Factor final which was reportedly axed by the talent show's boss, Simon Cowell, because the final came shortly after clashes between police and students during angry protests over university tuition fees.
They accepted the group gong from Dermot O'Leary, beating bands including the xx and Mumford and Sons to the prize.
On stage, Owen gestured to Williams and said: "Can I say thanks for coming back mate. Appreciate it. It's a real pleasure for the five of us to be up here."
It was also a good night for Tinie Tempah, real name Patrick Okogwu, who won two awards - British Breakthrough Act and British Single for his debut Pass Out. The 22-year-old - who was this year's most nominated act - missed out on awards for best British male and best album.
Album of the year went to nu-folkies Mumford and Sons for Sigh No More. Accepting the award from The Who frontman Roger Daltrey, Marcus Mumford said: "This is very bizarre, very strange. Thank you very much indeed. We are very honoured, very humbled."
Plan B, who picked up the award for British Male Solo Artist, accepted his award from a previous winner - Dizzee Rascal. The rapper, who reinvented himself as a soul singer on his latest album, The Defamation of Strickland Banks, made a short speech which he said was "from my heart".
Arcade Fire won the International Album award for The Suburbs and were named Best International Group. Meanwhile, the Critics' Choice award went to Jessie J who said she wanted it to spur her on to greater success. And Formula One star Lewis Hamilton presented the International Male Solo Artist award to Cee Lo Green.
Will Young and Avril Lavigne presented the International Breakthrough Act award, voted for by MTV viewers, to Justin Bieber. Rihanna won the International Female Award and former Culture Club frontman Boy George presented singer-songwriter Laura Marling with the British Female Solo Artist award.