Winners unveiled at BBC Music Awards

Date: 12.12.2014     Last updated: 12.12.2014 at 11.20
The winning British Artist of the Year and International Artist of the Year were tonight finally revealed at the inaugural BBC Music Awards. Ed Sheeran has been crowned British Artist Of The Year, with Pharrell Williams taking the award for International Artist Of The Year.

Catfish and the Bottlemen were also winners tonight after being presented with a surprise BBC Introducing Award.

The Song Of The Year, voted for by the public today, was announced by actor Idris Elba as Happy by Pharrell Williams.

Hosted by Chris Evans and Fearne Cotton, the BBC Music Awards took place live in front of an audience of 13,500 people at London’s Earls Court and was also broadcast to millions more across the country on BBC One, Radio 1, Radio 2 and at bbc.co.uk/music

The star-studded evening saw performances from an array of internationally recognised names, with the following acts taking to the stage: Calvin Harris, Clean Bandit, Coldplay, Ed Sheeran, Ella Henderson with Labrinth, Ellie Goulding, George Ezra, John Newman, One Direction, Paloma Faith, Sir Tom Jones, Take That, BBC Introducing’s Catfish and the Bottlemen and the BBC Concert Orchestra.

Other highlights of the evening included BBC Radio 1’s Greg James in a special video parody. As the UK’s video parody King (self-appointed), fellow Radio 1 DJ Fearne Cotton set Greg a challenge for the BBC Music Awards. Her challenge was for Greg to create parodies of four of the most iconic videos of 2014, Nicki Minaj’s Anaconda, Meghan Trainor’s All About the Bass, Ed Sheeran’s Thinking Out Loud and Taylor Swift’s Shake it Off – of course, he accepted.

The result of his endeavours were revealed tonight at the BBC Music Awards and viewers can watch the video on Radio 1’s YouTube channel.

Coldplay kicked off the evening with a breath-taking performance of A Sky Full Of Stars before Ella Henderson and Labrinth took to the stage in the first of the evening collaborations with Jealous and Ghost. Clean Bandit and Jess Glynne followed with their 2014 hits Mozart’s House and Rather Be. Gregory Porter then followed up with Feeling Good/Liquid Spirit. The BBC Concert Orchestra then accompanied George Ezra to Budapest. One Direction invited the audience to Steal My Girl before Ed Sheeran got Earls Court on their feet and joining in with a big Sing. Dance legend Calvin Harris teamed up with John Newman and Ellie Goulding respectively to present never before heard versions of Blame and Outside. BBC Introducing’s Catfish and the Bottlemen sang Kathleen, followed by Paloma Faith with Only Love Can Hurt Like This and Changing with SIGMA, accompanied by The BBC Concert Orchestra.

Take That took to the stage for These Days, followed by will.i.am with It’s My Birthday. The finale was a rendition of God Only Knows sung by Sir Tom Jones and Paloma Faith accompanied by a 200 strong choir.

*the above running order may have been subject to change

Notes to Editors

BBC Music

BBC Music officially launched in October this year with the very first pan-channel broadcast of God Only Knows, an extraordinary reworking of The Beach Boys' classic song, uniting 27 internationally acclaimed artists from across the musical genres.

Led by Bob Shennan, Director, BBC Music, it is the BBC’s strongest commitment to music in 30 years, comprising of an ambitious wave of new programmes, innovative partnerships and ground-breaking music initiatives, designed to strengthen its place as a world leader in music broadcasting and commissioning, and enhance the UK’s position as a world leader in music creation and performance.

Landmark music programming across BBC Television & Radio includes the BBC Music Awards on BBC One, Radio 1 and Radio 2 on Thursday 11 December as well as a regular music slots on The One Show, putting more music on the country’s most popular TV channel.

A number of productions are under way, including Ten Pieces, an initiative which aims to introduce and engage primary school children right across the UK with ten pieces of classical music.

bbc.co.uk/music is now the established home for both BBC Music Playlister and music clips from BBC Radio & Television. An incredible range of visual music content is curated on the iPlayer.

And the most talented new artists are given a platform via BBC Music's 17 emerging talent schemes - from BBC Young Musician to the BBC Young Folk Award and BBC Introducing.

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