For the annual awards’ fourth year, winners were announced during a one-hour BBC Two special ‘The Year In Music 2017’, hosted by Radio 1 DJ Clara Amfo and Claudia Winkleman. The live arena format from previous years was cancelled due to poor ratings.
The Gang Signs & Prayer star bagged the Artist of the Year Award – rounding off an incredible year which saw him take home three MOBOs, hit Number One with his debut album and perform at the BRITs and Glastonbury.
“I’m actually blessed to be able to say that I’m an artist that’s managed to be regarded as someone that’s worthy of this award,” Stormzy said of the win. “Thank you guys. Love.”
Elsewhere, Foo Fighters were awarded with Live Performance of the Year for their hit-filled Glastonbury headline set – which NME hailed “a special occasion”.
Speaking of the legendary Worthy Farm show, Grohl said: “It really did just turn into this one big ball of love and energy and celebration and music. That’s what you want every show to be, but when it’s on that scale it’s a big feeling.”
Rag N Bone Man took home the Album of the Year Award for ‘Human’ – the biggest-selling debut of the year. The singer described the gong as a “proper good award”.
“I keep thinking at one point that someone is going to fishhook me off and tell me it’s a joke, but it’s not, and it’s a wonderful thing to have,” he said.
Declan McKenna – who released his debut album ‘What Do You Think About The New Car‘ this year – was given the BBC Music Introducing Artist of the Year award. It’s been won in previous years by Catfish and the Bottlemen, Jack Garratt and Izzy Bizu.