Adele has taken home both British Artist of the Year and BBC Live Performance of the Year at the BBC Music Awards, winning two of the five titles up for grabs at the awards ceremony this evening (December 10).
Taylor Swift won International Artist of the Year, and Hozier’s 2013 single ‘Take Me To Church’ saw the Irishman win Song of the Year at the ceremony at the Genting Arena in Birmingham. Jack Garratt had previously been confirmed as winner of the fifth award, the BBC Introducing Award.
The show featured performances from Ellie Goulding, Little Mix, Stereophonics, Jess Glynne and One Direction while Mumford and Sons pulled out of their planned appearance a few days ago. The show was broadcast on a delay on BBC One, with the corporation announcing the winners ahead of the show being shown on BBC One and broadcast on Radio 1 and Radio 2 tonight.
Host Chris Evans announced the show as being “at the centre of music’s universe,” while of the winners, only Hozier and Jack Garrett actually attended the ceremony.
Other nominees for tonight’s awards included Foo Fighters, Jamie xx, Ed Sheeran, Foals, Florence and the Machine, Foals, Prince and Lionel Richie.
Last year, the first BBC Music Awards were held at London’s Earls Court and saw Pharrell Williams collect two of the four awards on the night. Despite not attending the ceremony, he was named best international artist and picked up song of the year for ‘Happy’.
Big winner Adele’s ’25’ recently became the first album to sell a million copies in two different weeks, selling 3.38 million copies in its first week in the US. She is reportedly playing the X Factor finals this weekend.
The full list of 2015 BBC Music Awards winners is as follows:
British artist of the year – Adele
International artist of the year – Taylor Swift
Song of the Year – Hozier: Take Me to Church
BBC live performance of the year – Adele at the BBC
BBC Introducing award – Jack Garratt