UK: The winners of the BBC Music Awards 2016 have been revealed Monday night during a live star-studded show from the ExCel, London. Hosted by Fearne Cotton, Claudia Winkleman and Gemma Cairney, the musical extravaganza took place in front of a live audience and broadcast to millions on BBC One and bbc.co.uk/music, and the show will be broadcast on BBC America on 15 December.
Jammed with breathtaking performances from some of the biggest names in the international music scene, five awards were given out on the night.
BBC Radio 2 Album of the Year was won by Adele – 25. The award was given out by Matt Goss and Lulu, as Adele was unable to collect her prize in person it was accepted on her behalf by Robbie Williams.
Adam Lambert and Rebecca Ferguson presented the prize of BBC Music British Artist of the Year, which was won by Coldplay. They’re currently on tour so accepted their prize as they walked onstage at the Etihad Stadium, Melbourne, Australia, with Chris Martin saying: “Hello BBC Music Awards, Fearne and Claudia, we are Coldplay and we just got told about winning this beautiful BBC Artist of the Year award. Sorry we’re not there, we are about to go on stage in Australia. Look at all those people and we love you and we are so grateful and we’ll see you so soon. Thank you so much and goodbye.”
As previously announced, the BBC Music Introducing Artist of the Year was awarded to Izzy Bizu, presented by Fearne Cotton.
BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge Performance of the Year was won by The 1975 Live Lounge Symphony performing What Makes You Beautiful (One Direction cover). The band accepted their prize from Rick Astley and Pixie Lott.
The fifth and final award of the evening, Song of the Year was won by Adele for Hello and was presented by Geri Horner. With four awards, Adele now becomes the most decorated recipient of BBC Music Awards in the show’s three year history. Last year Adele was crowned British Artist of the Year in the first of her double honours of the night, as revealed by Rod Stewart. Queen’s Brian May announced her second gong: BBC Live Performance of the Year for Adele at the BBC, A BBC One Special.
The evening saw performances from an array of internationally recognised names. The 1975 kicked off the night with The Sound, Lukas Graham sang 7 Years, which last week received three Grammy nominations for Song of the Year, Record of the Year and Pop Duo/Group Performance.
Emeli Sandé performed Breathing Underwater, followed by John Legend who gave a moving rendition of All of Me and Love Me Now. BBC Music Introducing Artist of the Year Izzy Bizu sang White Tiger, Kaiser Chiefs sang Hole in my Soul. Craig David took viewers back to 1999 with the classic Rewind and his new number Ain’t Giving Up. Zara Larsson sang a medley of Lush Life and I Would Like, and Robbie Williams closed the show with Sensational.
Nominees and winners of the BBC Music Awards 2016:
BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge Performance Of The Year,
as voted for by the Radio 1 Playlist Committee chaired by Radio 1 and 1Xtra Head of Music, Chris Price.
Christine and the Queens performing Sorry (Beyoncé cover)
Craig David performing Love Yourself (Justin Bieber cover)
Emeli Sandé performing Hurts
The 1975 Live Lounge Symphony performing What Makes You Beautiful (One Direction cover)
Usher performing Climax
BBC Music British Artist of the Year,
voted for by the BBC Music Committee.
BBC Radio 2 Album Of The Year,
as voted for by the Radio 2 Playlist Committee chaired by Radio 2 and 6 Music Head of Music, Jeff Smith.
Adele – 25
Coldplay – A Head Full of Dreams
Jeff Lynne’s ELO – Alone in the Universe
Michael Kiwanuka – Love & Hate
Rick Astley – 50
BBC Music Awards 2016 Song of the Year
Adele – Hello
Alessia Cara – Here
Coldplay – Hymn for the Weekend
DNCE – Cake By the Ocean
Drake ft. Kyla and Wizkid – One Dance
Justin Bieber – Sorry
Justin Timberlake – Can’t Stop the Feeling!
Lukas Graham – 7 Years
Naughty Boy ft. Beyoncé, Arrow Benjamin – Runnin’ (Lose It All)
Rihanna ft. Drake – Work