Held at London’s ExCel Centre last night, the evening also saw the likes of The 1975, Adele and Zara Larsson also take home prizes, with Craig David, Kaiser Chiefs and more all performing live.
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While Bowie has featured in a montage obituary video to those we’ve lost in the last year, Coldplay provided live footage of them performing ‘Everglow’ during the ceremony.
After Coldplay accepted the award, fans and viewers took to Twitter to voice their anger:
when BBC chooses Coldplay over Bowie for artist of the year https://t.co/ayg7p3K6HM
— leah (@yourlivingend) December 13, 2016
Glad I didn't bother watching the BBC Music Awards as any award which votes Coldplay as better than Bowie is not a real award
— Mark Antropik (@mantropik) December 12, 2016
Bowie losing to Coldplay pretty much sums up 2016
— Rachel (@rachelharms_) December 12, 2016
Sorry but Coldplay winning a music award over Bowie? That's like switching your wonder mop for a damp cloth.
— Alanis (@alanismcquillen) December 12, 2016
Following his death, Coldplay revealed that Bowie once turned down the opportunity to collaborate with them. Singer Chris Martin sent him a letter asking him to be involved and, drummer Will Champion told NME, Bowie replied, “It’s not a very good song, is it?” Coldplay’s reaction was to not be overly phased – Champion notes, “He was very discerning – he wouldn’t just put his name to anything. I’ll give him credit for that!”
Speaking to NME, Bowie former drummer in Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars has recounted his last contact and the final days of the ‘Blackstar’ icon, while Woody Woodmansey also spoke to NME to reveal how he and Visctonti turned down the chance to perform with Lady Gaga for her GRAMMYs tribute show – slamming it as ‘tacky’ and claiming it ‘didn’t represent anything good about him’.
Bowie passed away in January at the age of 69.