Stormzy was crowned Artist of the Year at the BBC Music Awards 2017.
The ‘Big For Your Boots’ rapper has had a phenomenal year thanks to his award-winning LP ‘Gangs, Signs & Prayers’ and topped it off picking up the biggest prize of the night at the annual bash, which was broadcast on Friday (08.12.17).
Stormzy said: “I’m actually blessed to be able to say that I’m an artist that’s managed to be regarded as someone that’s worthy of this award. Thank you, guys. Love.”
Elsewhere, Foo Fighters took home Live Performance of the Year for their headline set at Glastonbury Festival in the summer.
Speaking of their slot at Worthy Farm in Somerset, South West England, frontman Dave Grohl said: “It really did just turn into this one big ball of love and energy and celebration and music. That’s what you want every show to be, but when it’s on that scale it’s a big feeling.”
British soul star Rag’n’Bone Man was also honored on the night, collecting the Album of the Year Award for ‘Human’, which was the biggest-selling debut LP of 2017.
He commented: “I keep thinking at one point that someone is going to fishhook me off and tell me it’s a joke, but it’s not, and it’s a wonderful thing to have.”
Bob Shennan, director, BBC Radio and Music, said: “Congratulations to all the recipients of the awards and to the nominees – the caliber of all the artists involved this year was outstanding. It’s been a brilliant year for music on BBC TV, with our At The BBC specials with Sam Smith, Harry Styles and U2, the launch of ‘Sounds Like Friday Night’, and the defining music event of the year, One Love Manchester.
“The Year in Music 2017 on BBC Two really has provided a fantastic opportunity to acknowledge the artists that have made an impact over the past year, as well as reflect on the greatest musical moments – many of which brought people together through their shared love of music.”
This year saw winners announced on a one-hour BBC Two show, titled ‘The Year in Music 2017’, which was hosted by Radio 1 DJ Clara Amfo and Strictly Come Dancings’s, Claudia Winkleman.
In previous years, a host of stars performed at the ceremony, but it was pulled this time due to poor rating figures.