BBC Music Awards was more of a concert and appreciation of British acts than an awards show with only four awards being handed out during the night.
Ed Sheeran and Pharrell Williams walked away with top honours.
Ed Sheeran was awarded the British Artist Of The Year for his second album, X, which has sold more than 1 million copies in the UK and is expected to notch up a tenth week at number one. X also debuted at the top of the Billboard Chart in the US, selling more than two lac copies in its first week.
“A massive thank you to everyone who has bought a record, bought a ticket, streamed on YouTube, done anything, listened to my music. I always thought my career would stop at one album, so knowing my career is longer than one album is the highlight.” stated Ed Sheeran post receiving the honour.
The BBC Music Awards was broadcast on BBC1 and Radio 1 and Radio 2. These awards have been created by BBC Music Director Bob Shennan to underline the broadcaster’s commitment to music.
Pharrell Williams won both Best International Artist and Song Of The Year for Happy after topping the UK singles chart for four weeks late last year with a song that continued to dominate the airwaves well into 2014.
“How amazing it is to have a song that is considered among all of the other really, really great songs. As writers and producers we are beholden to what the audience thinks and what you guys want to do, so when you say song of the year really it’s not my award, it’s your award.” stated Pharrell Williams in his acceptance speech.
The BBC Music Awards come just over two months before the Brit Awards, which were instituted way back in 1977.
Here is the full list of winners of the first ever BBC Music Awards:
British Artist Of The Year: Ed Sheeran
International Artist Of The Year: Pharrell Williams
Song Of The Year: Happy (Pharrell Williams)
BBC Introducing Award: Catfish And The Bottlemen
The first ever BBC Music Awards took place on Thursday (December 11, 2014) at London’s Earls Court. The inaugural show was hosted by Fearne Cotton and...2.5