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Adele was crowned British artist of the year, as announced by Rod Stewart, and also won the award for best BBC live performance of the year for her recent BBC One special.
She sent a message of thanks to her fans. “Sorry I’m not there, I’m absolutely gutted but thanks so much for my award,” the artist said, according to a BBC announcement of the winners. “Thank you so, so much. I hope you’re all having a wonderful night.”
Swift won the international artist of the year award. From her tour in Australia, she thanked fans via a message. “I wish I could be with you right now, but I’m on tour in Australia,” she said. “It was an amazing highlight of the year for me getting to play Big Weekend in Norwich. You guys have been so supportive and wonderful. Thank you so much, it’s amazing.”
Hozier walked away with the song of the year prize, which was decided via public vote, for “Take Me to Church.”
The fifth and final honor, the BBC Music Introducing Artist of the Year Award, went to Jack Garratt.
Hosted by Chris Evans and Fearne Cotton, the BBC Music Awards were held at Birmingham’s Genting Arena, with performances from Ellie Goulding, Faithless, Hozier, James Bay, Jess Glynne, Little Mix, OMI, One Direction, Stewart, Garratt, Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott, Stereophonics, The Shires and Years & Years.
One Direction got the evening started with “Drag Me Down,” while Stewart closed the event with renditions of “Please” and “Sailing.”
The 2014 edition of the awards show took place in front of a crowd of 13,500 people at London’s Earls Court, drawing an average TV audience of 4.17 million on BBC One.
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