Buzzing with excitement and anticipation, I entered Brixton’s O2 Academy, passing VO5 hairdressing booths, VIP sections and a red carpet slowly beginning fill with stars, beer and Dominos pizza.
Pizza wasn’t the only thing I envied as I passed the tables of stars; as I was directed to the pit I spotted Johnny Marr, Michael Kiwanuka and Matt Healy. Although sitting next to the stars on a table would have been awesome, I had the best view in the venue with a handful of other people standing in the pit.
The full list of winners is at the bottom of this post but if I were to give two more awards it would be to these guys…
Speech of the awards: Matt Healy of the 1975
No surprise here but the best speech has to go to Matt Healy of The 1975 for telling a bunch of stars to actually listen instead of chatting through his acceptance speech for Best Live Band:
Most loved winner: Louis Theroux
The documentary maker has become something of an idol: celebrities and audiences alike wildly applauded Louis as he collected the award for Best Film. Crowds even went on to sing ‘Louis, we love you, we do!’ as he left the stage.
Aside from the awards the performances of the night were electric!
A great collaboration of stars joined to form Bands4Refugees a music supergroup featuring Pixie Geldof, Charli XCX, Marika Hackman and members from Years & Years, Peace, Slaves, Swim Deep, Black Honey and Circa Waves.
The supergroup joined to spread awareness about a heartfelt campaign. It was an undoubtedly spectacular performance with Harry from Peace pulling off a killer guitar solo and Charli XCX dancing and singing the song away with Years and Years.
Winners Dua Lipa, Wiley and Bastille also performed lively performances.
The electronic duo illuminated the O2 Brixton academy with laser beams and flashing lights whilst electrifing the audience with their first hit ‘West End Girls’.
Pet Shop Boys closed with ‘Always On My Mind’ prompting the avid audience to sing along. Spotting a few stars on the way out, I left with awe and with the wonderful awards ceremony on my mind for the rest of the night.
Best British band- Biffy Clyro
Best British Male- Skepta
Best British Female- M.I.A
Best International Band- Metallica
Best International Male- Frank Ocean
Best International Female- Christine and the Queens
Best New Artist- Dua Lipa
Best Album- ‘Wild World’- Bastille
Best Track- ‘Titled’- Christine and the Queens
Best Video- ‘Consume Or Be Consumed’- Slaves
God-Like Genius Award- Pet Shop Boys
Outstanding Contribution to Music- Wiley
Best live band- The 1975
Best Festival – Glastonbury
Best Music Film- Oasis: Supersonic
Best TV Series – Fleabag
Best Film- My Scientology Movie
Music Moment Of The Year- Coldplay’s Viola Beach tribute at Glastonbury
Best Festival Headliner- Adele
Best Small Festival- End Of The Road
Villain Of The Year- Nigel Farage
Hero Of The Year- Beyoncé
Worst Band-5 Seconds Of Summer
Best Reissue- Oasis – ‘Be Here Now’