But the megastar wasn’t there to collect her trophies in person.
Adele dominated the BBC Music Awards on Monday night, taking home two of the top prizes.
The singer, who was unable to attend the ceremony, picked up the awards for song of the year, for ‘Hello’ and album of the year for 25.
Adele has won two BBC Music awards
Continue reading: Adele Scoops Two Top Gongs At BBC Music Awards
Grime artist Skepta, who enjoyed a breakthrough smash hit with 'Shutdown' earlier this year, won the 2016 Mercury Prize for his album 'Konnichiwa'.
The crowd at the Hammersmith Apollo erupted when Skepta’s name was announced as the eventual winner of the prestigious prize by Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker on Thursday night (September 16th).
The bookies had tipped David Bowie to win posthumously for his final album Blackstar, released just two days before his death in January this year, but the 33 year North London rapper was not very far behind in their estimations either.
Continue reading: Skepta Wins The 2016 Mercury Prize
Bowie's final album 'Blackstar', along with 11 other British albums released in the last year, made the shortlist announced on Thursday.
Radiohead, Skepta, The 1975 and the late David Bowie are the big names to have been shortlisted for the 2016 Hyundai Mercury Music Prize, with Adele and previous winner James Blake the notable absences.
The 12-strong shortlist, picked by a panel of music critics, industry figures and artists, was announced on Thursday morning (August 4th) on BBC Radio 6 Music. David Bowie’s 25th and final album Blackstar, released just two days before his death in January this year, is already being touted as one of the favourites to win the overall prize when the winner is announced on September 15th.
Radiohead’s recent album A Moon Shaped Pool makes the Oxford five-piece the most nominated act in Mercury Prize history. Their albums OK Computer, Amnesiac, Hail To the Thief and In Rainbows all made shortlists in previous years, and this doesn’t even count lead singer Thom Yorke’s nomination for his 2006 solo album The Eraser. However, they have not yet won the award.
Expect some extraordinary upcoming talent from one of the festival's most diverse showcases.
Austin's 2015 SXSW Festival draws ever nearer, with a line-up already rich in upcoming talent and vibrant diversity. There's something for everyone at this iconic citywide musical celebration, and nothing encompasses that more than Hype Machine's Hype Hotel Presented by Feed the Beat spot.
Hype Hotel is set to return to SXSW for 2015
Now heading into its fourth year, we can expect Hype Hotel to be full of yet more talented new bands and artists for 2015. Selected by a variety of different music blogs, the line-up is awash with the very best of all genres including indie, rock, pop, electronic, rap and R&B, who entertain fans of different ages and cultures for five days during the event, which this year takes place from March 17th to 22nd.
The Cheshire-based band performed more shows and covered the greatest distance between them during the calendar year.
Normally the phrase ‘workmanlike’ is an unflattering adjective to describe rock bands, but in the following instance it’s laudable. In terms of shows performed and distance travelled to do so, the hardest working band this year has been The 1975.
The 1975 (singer Matthew Healy pictured above) are the hardest working band of 2014
According to data revealed by music blog SongKick, the British indie-pop group, responsible for maddeningly catchy singles like ‘Chocolate’ and ‘The City’, have covered 249,724 kilometres in 2014, performing 195 concerts (equivalent to a gig every 1.8 days). The distance is almost two-thirds of the way to the moon, more than 6 times around the world, and took in 29 countries.
Continue reading: The 1975 Unveiled As The Hardest Working Band Of 2014
If there's something to take away from this year's Isle of Wight Festival, it's probably sunburn. Unlike the mud bath of two years ago, 2014 will be remembered for serving up one of the hottest weekends I can remember for a festival, along with some crowd-pleasing performances. While not every act managed to capture their moment in the sun, all the major names delivered in spades.
But it wasn't just the music that made the weekend for many; a real sense of celebration seemed to erupt across the site. Partly fuelled by anticipation over the World Cup and partly because of the good weather, thousands of smiling faces could be seen everywhere. Sunflowers seemed to be an essential festival accessory and many opted for as few clothes as possible with t-shirts looking like they'd gone out of fashion altogether. I've even had to make a note in my diary that it's international flip-flop day on June 20th, just one of the many things I learnt around Seaclose Park this year.
The highlight of Friday afternoon should have really been local boy Tom Odell on the main stage. But his piano led ballads took some time to win the crowd over despite his number 1 album 'Long Way Down'. By the time he'd finished though, the reaction showed that he'd justified his place on the main stage billing.
Continue reading: Isle of Wight Festival 2014 Review
With the arrival of Billboard and Twitter's new real-time music chart, is it a viable marketing strategy to use, or just another gimmick?
If you ever wanted your very own #1 hit on a Billboard chart, now is your chance -- you just have to get the hype train moving fast enough on Twitter. At the end of May, Billboard teamed up with Twitter to launch a real-time chart displaying the most popular and talked about songs on the social media site. The categories in it are simple enough: one is called the “Trending 140” and this shows the most discussed songs on Twitter in the past hour. As of this writing, Psy’s new single, ‘Hangover,’ is currently at number one. “Emerging artists” is the second category: it’s the most talked about songs for artists that have never had a top 50 track on Billboard’s Hot 100. As of this writing, ‘Bounce’ by a rapper named Riot is currently at number one.
Psy is currently sitting atop the Billboard Trending chart
There’s no doubt that it’s an interesting concept, but you have to wonder if it’s something that’s got some lasting value to it. After the failure of Twitter’s first music campaign, aptly titled ‘#Music,’ Twitter seemed hellbent on creating something that involves them in the music world, and this chart seems to have nailed it. How does one get their song on Billboard/Twitter’s chart? You can just simply tweet about a song with “#nowplaying” or include an iTunes link. Those requirements work well as it’s a natural process people go through to promote music. However, as cool as the system seems, is it foolproof?
Continue reading: Billboard And Twitter's New Real-Time Chart: The Good And Bad
Styles wasn't about to get shown up for his gullibility again.
Styles wasn't about to get shown up for his gullibility again. Harry Styles has become yet another victim-of-choice for a phone prankster after having made headlines with his embarrassingly gullible display at the hands of The 1975's Matt Healy and Radio 1 DJ Nick Grimshaw. This time, Styles was chosen as the target for James Corden's hilarious Send-To-All prank on The Michael McIntyre Chat Show on Monday (14th April).
Harry Styles Was Poised For A Witty Retort When James Corden Prank Texted Him.
The send-to-all game involved James sending a cheeky text to everyone on his contacts list to see who responded. The 32 year-old entertainer wrote "Me and you, lapdancing. Are you in or out? Come on, let's do this." Having learned his lesson from last month's blunder, the One Direction singer wasn't taking any chances and instead replied "Great, but what is it with you and lapdancing? What happened the last time we did that wasn't pretty."
'AM" shot straight to the top of the album charts after shifting more than 157,000 units in it's first week
The Arctic Monkeys have done it again! Their fifth album to date has entered the chart at number one after a strong week of sales since last week's release, with AM racking up more than 157,000 in sold units in only a few days. What's more, the band have made history by being the first indie band to achieve the feat of earning five No. 1 albums back-to-back, making the feat all the more impressive.
The Arctics have assumed their place among rock royalty
AM, which was released via Domino Record on Monday, 9 September, is now the second most successful album of 2013 in terms of units sold in the first week. It sits behind only Daft Punk's Random Access Memories, which sold more than 165,000 copies during its first week of release in May, according to the Official Charts Company. The Sheffield band's fifth number one entry is also frontman Alex Turner's sixth number one entry, after his cinematic side project The Last Shadow Puppets topped the charts at the first time of asking with 2008's The Age of the Understatement.
Continue reading: Arctic Monkeys Make History With Their Fifth Consecutive Number One
2013 was another successful year for Camp Bestival with performances from the likes of The Proclaimers, Richard Hawley, Grandmaster Flash and Billy Bragg.
Richard Hawley plays one of his many splendid guitars.
Camp Bestival 2013 took over the weekend (August 2nd - 4th) at Lulworth Castle in Dorset last week, with some superb live headline and DJ sets each day.
It was an eclectic line-up of artists both legendary and newly emerging and ranging from the underground cult favourites to the more chartworthy pop stars. Richard Hawley, formerly of Britpop band Longpigs and Pulp, played an awesome headline set on day one with an array of different electric guitars. He shared the stage with 'I'm Gonne Be (500 Miles)' hitmakers The Proclaimers as well as reggae veteran Max Romeo, Manchester trio I Am Kloot and folk punk activist Billy Bragg.
A preview of some of our favourite bands playing L@L 2013
This weekend Leeds city centre will play host to some of the best musical talent 2013 has to offer. Whatever your taste in music, with over 100 bands playing at 12 different venues scattered around the city you're sure to find bands that are to your liking.
Since first launching 6 years ago, Live At Leeds has progressed from a relatively locally focused event to the best city music festival in the UK. With the organisers still eager to showcase the finest upcoming local acts, you might just stumble upon your new favourite band.
Continue reading: Live At Leeds - 2013 Preview
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