The BBC Music Awards 2014

Kettlemag, Music, BBC Music Awards, Gemma Hirst
Written by GemmHirst

For those of you music lovers out there and we know that there are a lot of you. Then you would have been watching the BBC Music Awards and if not, where were you? You missed out on all of the fun, but fear not for Kettle have all the gossip for you.

The awards were hosted by Chris Evans and Fearne Cotton on BBC One in Earl’s Court, London.It was the first time that the BBC platforms of BBC One, Radio 1 and Radio 2 all collaborated to celebrate the best in popular music over this year.

Yes this happy guy was amongst nominations such as Dolly Parton, Gregory Porter, Lorde, Taylor Swift and Prince. The award was chosen by fellow BBC members who work within the BBC music industry, music experts and accredited music journalists. He wasn’t able to collect his award in person but did a screen speech and he was pretty cool about expecting the award.
The awards opened with the amazing Coldplay performing Sky Full Of Stars 

The stage was beautifully lit up with stars quite literally with the amount of music celebritries that were there which was nice to see.  


The ‘Song of the Year’ was a public vote, whereby you could vote online or via text. Some of the nominations were Clean Bandit with ‘Rather Be ft Jess Glyne’, Ella Henderson with ‘Ghost’, Ed Sheeran with ‘Sing’, Pharell and ‘Happy’ and Lorde with ‘Royal’. But of course the winner was Pharell Williams (again), yes this BET Award winner for the Best Male R&B/ Pop artist was on a lucky streak and won the second award of the night. Just a pity he could not be there in person to pick it up.

Sadly the fomrer XFactor contesant did not win an award this time around but her performance was award winning enough, she brought out the inner funk in me. Fusing Jealous and Ghost together the two musical ballads complimented each other really well as you can see here. I love a good music collaboaration, so when I heard that they were going to do a duet I was a tad dubious as to how it was going to sound.

Of course  what would an awards night be without the 5 stars performances in between each award. It meant that no matter what genre of music you liked, there were something for everyone. The BBC (as always) catered for all genres of music.

I particualrly enjoyed performances from Take That, in the recent group change to a trio I was worried that a sugababes phiasco would happen but they proved me wrong.  Their new song, These Days was a great dance for not only the live audience but for the audience at home. Take That, all dressed in white suit and tie, they looked rather slick for older folks.

Though I don’t think any artist could have topped the random yet bazare performance from Gregg James 


The BBC are famous for a platform called BBC Introducing, whereby the BBC finds undiscovered and unsigned music and turns it into known talent. Artists are asked to upload their music and the BBC may play it on the BBC Radio shows, which could then turn into festival stages, introducing sessions, to then winning awards.

The band who are made up of Van, Johnny, Benji and Bob and charted at number 10 in the official UK Albums Chart in September who are better known as Catfish and The Bottlemen won the award for BBC Introduction of the Year. Find out more about the band here. 

The big award, the finale, was the the ‘Artist of the Year’, won by the artist who had the fastest selling album of this year, Ed Sheeran. Sheeran has had such a fantastic year and I am sure that after this, 2015 is going to be even better.

Our team here at Kettle can remember when he was playing at pubs in Norwich, and now look how much he has grown as an artist. His performance of ‘Sing’ was out of this world, he commanded the audience and got everyone up on their feet singing along with… ‘Sing’.

Although I was viewing the show from my TV screen I could feel the electric atmosphere, you could tell that there was such a buzz in London. Truly celebrating the amazing talent we have in the music industry.