Culture > Music review: BBC Music Awards

Posted on January 5, 2016


Emilee Robinson recaps on her last adventure in the UK
The 2015 BBC Music Awards made for an unforgettable night in December as many of Britain’s iconic musical acts came together to appreciate the talent and achievements of the year.

Fans lined up outside of the Genting Arena in Birmingham, 14 hours before acts were scheduled to arrive on the red carpet, pitching tents the night before, awaiting the arrivals of musical legends.

BBC 1, Radio 1 and Radio 2 came together producing a spectacular line-up of performers from all across the board; including the BBC Concert Orchestra, and of course some of the biggest names in the music business.

Chris Evans and Fearne Cotton, hosts of the first show launched in 2014, returned to amp up the crowd for the evening ahead.

One Direction took to the stage first, performing their number one hit single Drag Me Down, with flames emerging from around them and a crowd of screaming fans at their feet.

Ellie Goulding walked out as the arena began to glow purple for her jaw-dropping, orchestra-accompanied version of Love Me Like You Do, before James Bay trotted out with a fedora and an electric guitar to enchant the crowd with his love number Hold Back the River.

Hozier wowed the crowd with Take Me to Church before Little Mix amped up the energy with warrior outfits, falling glitter and their single Black Magic.

Local girl Jess Glynne hit all the right notes in Hold My Hand while Rod Stewart, Faithless and Stereophonics, amongst many others, also put on incredible performances.

Singer, Jess Glynne.  Image by Cal Holman

Jess Glynne, Image Cal Holman

Five coveted awards were presented to five very deserving winners, some of the nominees coming straight out of the night’s line-up.

Taylor Swift snagged the International Artist of the Year. Although this seems like a bit of a no brainer, she was up against some hot competition as Foo Fighters, Major Lazer, Prince, Hozier and The Weekend were also all up for the award.

The second award of the night, BBC Live Performance of the Year, went home to another local artist, Adele for her live performances during Adele at the BBC, which was broadcast on BBC 1 in November.

Song of the Year, which this lucky crowd got to hear live just before went to, Hozier with Take Me to Church, the hit single from his debut EP in 2013.

The BBC announced a new award for the 2015 BBC Music Awards that recognised new and incredible talent in Britain. Jack Garratt took home BBC Music Introducing Artist of the Year, and proved that he deserved it with the incredible show he brought to stage.

The final award of the night, the coveted and desired Best British Artist, also went to Adele, following her majorly successful third studio album 25 after her four year break from the spotlight. When Rod Stewart presented the singer with her award, he called her a “good North London girl”, reminding everyone that this year’s winner is one of Britain’s most prized artists. Ed Sheeran, Jamie XX, Florence + The Machine, Foals and Years & Years were also up for the award.

The night concluded with two back-to-back performances from the legend himself, British rock icon Rod Stewart, ending the evening with energy and excitement.

Last year’s BBC Music Awards was filled with stand out moments and incredible performances by some of the UK’s most talented artists a show that will be hard to match this year.

Emilee Robinson
Emilee is a writer and photographer from Memphis, Tennessee. She is aspiring to be a journalist in the city, a novelist in the mountains, or both if she can make it happen. She’s in love with Frank Sinatra, thunderstorms, and her sassy cat Sebastian Harold. When she’s avoiding real life, she blogs about nonsense and travel experiences at


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