BBC Music Awards Highlights: Adele, Hozier, Taylor Swift and More

The BBC Music Awards took place today with One Direction opening the show, after a year long hiatus, surrounded by pyrotechnics where they played their number one hit “Drag Me Down,” to screaming fans chanting along the lyrics, in a packed arena. Host, Chris Evans asked the band if they were really taking a career break at the height of their success, Liam Payne responded:

“It sounds like a stupid plan but, yes, it’s true.”


Adele, who unfortunately could not attend, dominated the showcase winnings, taking home the Best British Artist and Best Live Performance awards. Her new album 25 has become this year’s biggest seller around the world, after just three weeks on the market. Sending a video message:

“That’s amazing. I’ve only just put out new music. I’m so chuffed. … Sorry I’m not there, I’m absolutely gutted but thanks so much for my award. I hope you’re all having a wonderful evening.”

Other artist chimed in on Adele’s year-end success:

“You can’t touch Adele,” said Little Mix star Perrie Edwards.
James Bay told the BBC “She stepped into 2015 near the end and smashed everything out of the park. “She’s an incredible artist so it’s well deserved.”
“She will always be at the top, just sitting there comfortably,” added Leigh-Anne Pinnock. “No-one will ever touch her.”


Irish singer, Hozier, won Song of the Year for his hit ballad “Take Me To Church,” which he performed with the BBC Concert Orchestra, winning the award solely based on votes by the fans. I had the opportunity to see him perform this past October in LA and he was absolutely amazing. Hozier jokingly commented on the heftiness of the awards:

“You could kill a man with it. I think they’re going to put it in the new edition of Cluedo.”
Taylor Swift also snagged a win for the Best International Artist, accepting her golden vintage BBC microphone trophy via video message from Australia.
“Oh my God, this is really heavy,” said the star. “I really appreciate you guys shipping this out, because it must have cost a lot.”


Also gracing the stage were performances by Ellie Goulding, Little Mix, country duo The Shires performed a special duet with former South stars, Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbot, with Rod Stewart closing the show.

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Kia Kelliebrew

Kia, who prefers to go by her last name, “Kelliebrew” is a connoisseur of all things creative. She loves to write about art, music, fashion, travel, and celebrity news. Currently residing in Los Angeles; however you can catch this afro-sporting hipster slaying red-carpets from coast-to-coast. Follow her everywhere online @kelliebrew