Sony Radio Academy Awards Winners

The judges said of Annie Nightingale: In recognition of more than 40 years of exceptional broadcasting including her breakthrough achievements, her championship of the new, and the inspiration she has given to music makers and broadcasters alike.”
Jenni Murray was lauded: For a career of exemplary broadcasting, for her incisive yet sensitive interviewing skills, her championship of the woman’s perspective and the inspiration she has given to others.”
This year’s ceremony, celebrating 30 years of excellence in radio, reflected a great year for speech radio, especially in the sporting arena. talkSPORT played a blinder, not only scoring their first ever win in the mighty Station of the Year but doing the treble with their Controller Moz Dee crowned Station Programme of the Year and ‘FIFA World Cup 2010’ taking gold for Best Promotional/Advertising Campaign. The judges observed that: “Moz has shown exceptional leadership this year as talkSPORT has grown in stature and sound.” Sporting rivals BBC Radio Five live also had lots to cheer about winning a total of six golds, the highest number for any BBC station. Star strikers for Five live, were Nicky Campbell and Shelagh Fogarty carrying off the hotly contested Breakfast Show of the Year (10 million plus) with the judges commenting: “ This is truly populist radio, created by Gold standard journalists”, Colin Murray’s ‘Fighting Talk’ making him number one for Best Sports Programme and triple nominee, Victoria Derbyshire, taking the honours in Best News & Current Affairs Programme.
Radio 2’s Jeremy Vine was the evening’s sole double gold winner, topping the podium for both Speech Broadcaster of the Year and Best Interview of the Year, with the citation saying: “A broadcaster at the top of his trade, with intimate knowledge of his subject, he dissects Gordon Brown then uses the infamous ‘”She’s a bigot” tape to hammer home the final nail in the prime-ministerial coffin.”  
A Rolling Stone gathers a Gold with Ronnie Wood’s winning riff as Music Radio Personality of the Year and Frank Skinner beats Moyles and Westwood to Best Entertainment Programme, two of three Golds , three Silvers and a Bronze for a beaming Absolute Radio. And Radio 1’s Zane Lowe added ‘ record-breaker’ to his job description as he took his fourth Gold for Music Broadcaster of the Year.
The judges citation for Ronnie Wood highlighted that he is ”an amazing character with a really innovative programme. Ronnie has lived the life of a thousand men and you feel like a child sitting at his feet as he unfolds his rarified story book.” While of Frank Skinner, they noted that he “is a natural host, warm and inclusive, fantastic at getting the best from those who appear with him.”
One of the most popular winners on the night was BBC London 94.9’s and 5 live’s Danny Baker, who became Speech Radio Personality of the Year, for being “A true original. A personality who’s found new and innovative ways to use the techniques of radio, whether he’s delivering a unique verbal barrage or creating an endless stream of compelling ideas….” Turning base metal into Gold was physicist Brian Cox for Radio 4 in Best Speech Programme, and there was more excitement for the Station as Matthew Price got the nod for News Journalist of the Year. 
Others with that winning feeling were Absolute Radio’s Annabel Port, who became Best On-Air Contributor with the judges praising her as “A naturally funny storyteller whose contributions are hugely entertaining and perfectly pitched.” Also BBC Wiltshire’s Graham Mack, for Breakfast Show of the Year (under 10 million), Radio 2’s Simon Mayo for Best Music Programme and Radio 3’s Jez Nelson for Best Specialist Music Programme. BBC Radio 5 live presenter Robbie Savage walked away with this year’s Sony DAB Rising Star Award, the night’s only people’s choice award, with Robbie Savage rallying the support of listeners to receive thousands of votes – the most in the awards history – to secure him the title.
Radio stations the length and breadth of the country were honoured throughout the night, including an impressive win for Real Radio North East in the Best News Special for ‘Raoul Moat – The Final Hours’. Central FM (103.1) took Gold for Station of the Year (Under 300,000), BBC RadioDerby triumphed in Station of the Year (300,000 – 1 million), Gold for Station of the Year (1 million plus)  was scooped by 105.4 Real Radio North Westand Digital Station of the Year was awarded to Fun Kids.
Other golden moments included Kiss 100’s win for Best Station Imaging, ‘BBC Introducing’ for Best Use of Multiplatform, BBC 6 Music’s victory in Best Music Special with TBI’s ‘The John Bonham Story’, Best Internet Programme went to Answer Me This Podcast, Classic FM won Best Use of Branded Content for Alex Masterly with Towry and ‘The Jason Byrne Comedy Show’ won Best Comedy for Radio 2.
The nominations for Best Community Programming all highlighted very powerful issues, such as mental illness, prison, serving in Afghanistan and HIV, but it was BBC Radio Berkshire’s ‘Warning: May Contain Nuts” that most impressed the judges: ‘By bringing together those with mental illness alongside stand up comedians, the station showed real integration can be achieved through laughter.”
Tim Blackmore, Chairman of the Sony Radio Academy Awards said:
In spite of the continuing emergence of new platforms and of video ubiquity, the creative use of sound continues to attract massive and regular support from the vast majority of the British public. This is entirely down to the skills and talents of radio professionals in all sectors of the audio business and it is these awards that continue to highlight their ever impressive levels of achievement.”
Presenters of the Awards included Beverly Knight, James Cracknell, Ed Byrne, Duncan Bannatyne, Chipmunk, Pamela Stephenson, Rachel Stevens, Natasha Kaplinsky, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Maxine Peake, James Morrison, Kirsty Wark, The Feeling and Wynne Evans. 

Judges for the 2011 Sony Radio Academy Awards included Richard Bacon, Moz Dee, Clive Dickens, Sue Lawley, Mary Anne Hobbs, Hardeep Singh Kohli and Miranda Sawyer.

NME Award Winners 2011 announced

My Chemical Romance have been crowned this year’s biggest winners at the Shockwaves NME Awards, picking up two awards, for Best International Band (supported by T4) and Best Video(supported by NMETV) for ‘Na Na Na (Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na)’.  The New Jersey alt. rockers opened the star-studded ceremony – hosted by Angelos Epithemiou at O2 Academy Brixton – with a bang before returning to the stage to collect their reader-voted honours.
The music calendar’s most credible awards saw NME readers casting over three and a half million votes during the second stage of voting. Muse beat off stiff competition from Arctic Monkeys, Foals, Kasabian and Biffy Clyro to land the prestigious Best British Band Award (supported by Shockwaves), adding yet another accolade in an impressive four-year run of triumphs at the Shockwaves NME Awards.
Singer-songwriter (and NME Cool List number one for 2010) Laura Marling accepted the award forBest Solo Artist. Outshining the likes of Kanye West in one of the year’s most hotly contested categories, Marling caps an incredible year in which her acclaimed second album ‘I Speak Because I Can’ has cemented her reputation as one of the UK’s most exciting acts.  Biffy Clyro, who jetted in from the United States – where they are currently touring – to attend the event, displaced perennial winners Muse to claim the coveted Best Live Band (supported by Carling).  
Hurts, who performed their world-wide hit ‘Wonderful Life’ accompanied by a gothic-style dance troupe, were awarded Best New Band (supported by Boxfresh) – joining a long line of distinguished winners including Arctic Monkeys, Klaxons and MGMT.  
Arcade Fire – who were unable to attend the awards – accepted the Best Album Award for their hugely powerful third album ‘The Suburbs’ via a jazz-inspired pre-recorded message.  Oxford quintet Foals secured the illustrious Best Track Award (supported by NME Radio) for ‘Spanish Sahara’, seeing off Cee-Lo Green, Gorillaz, Janelle Monae and Mark Ronson in the process.
With winners covering the musical gamut, the NME audience’s eclectic tastes also saw gongs awarded to Professor Green whose ‘Jungle’ single picked up Best Dancefloor Filler; Glastonbury, which won Best Festival for the third year in a row; and Channel 4’s Skins which was awarded theBest TV Show for the first time. The Naked and Famous were this year’s recipients of the Philip Hall Radar Award, named in honour of the late Manic Street Preachers manager to celebrate new talent and chosen by the NME editorial team. And Crystal Castles, who recently headlined the Shockwaves NME Awards Tour, accepted the John Peel Award For Innovation, presented by last year’s host Jarvis Cocker and his co-host Alexa Chung.
PJ Harvey performed tracks from her recently released ‘Let England Shake’ album after being presented with the Teenage Cancer Trust Outstanding Contribution To Music award. And the highest honour of the evening, the Godlike Genius accolade, was awarded to Dave Grohl who fronted the Foo Fighters to close another incredible Shockwaves NME Awards night with a jubilant full set, including  classics and songs from their much anticipated forthcoming album, ‘Wasting Light’.
NME editor Krissi Murison says: “With over 3.5 million votes cast in the second stage of voting, music fans have proved they are as passionate as ever – and their taste in music is as eclectic as ever! Not only is the international rock scene in great shape but a wide spread of genres are represented by our winners tonight. It’s great to see My Chemical Romance lead the way scooping two awards. And with Muse, Biffy Clyro, Laura Marling, Professor Green, Hurts and Arcade Fire amongst others all coming out top in their nominated categories, 2011 is set to be a great year for music.”   
Awards not presented on the night saw Justin Bieber score an unwelcome double, winning both theLeast Stylish and Worst Album categories, with fellow US teen idols the Jonas Brothers votedWorst Band.  The public vote also awarded Matt Bellamy the Hottest Man accolade, named The Kills’ Alison Mosshart as Hottest Woman and named Brandon Flowers winner of the Most Stylishaward (supported by Shockwaves). This year’s Hero is Lady Gaga while coalition government leaderDavid Cameron pipped his deputy Nick Clegg to the post to claim the Villain prize.  Inceptionpicked up Best FilmKlaxons ‘Surfing The Void’ took the prize for Best Album Artwork, Hayley Williams (Paramore) won Best Blog, John Lydon claimed Best Book for Mr Rotten’s Scrapbookand RockNess gained Best Small Festival.
Music fans can catch all the highlights from the Shockwaves NME Awards 2011 hosted by Alexa Chung on Channel 4 on Saturday night at 11.20pm with T4 showing coverage of the awards earlier in the day at 11.25am.
The Awards In Full:
Best British Band (supported by Shockwaves)

Best International Band (supported by T4)
My Chemical Romance

Best Solo Artist 
Laura Marling

Best Live Band (supported by Carling) 
Biffy Clyro

Best New Band (supported by Boxfresh)

Best Album
Arcade Fire ‘The Suburbs’

Best Track (supported by NME Radio)
Foals ‘Spanish Sahara’

Best Video (supported by NME TV)
My Chemical Romance ‘Na Na Na’ (Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na)

Best Festival

Best Dancefloor Filler 
Professor Green ‘Jungle’

Best TV Show

Categories awarded by NME
Philip Hall Radar Award – The Naked & Famous
Teenage Cancer Trust Outstanding Contribution To Music – PJ Harvey
John Peel Award For Innovation – Crystal Castles
Godlike Genius – Dave Grohl

Other Categories 
Best Film – Inception
Hero – Lady Gaga
Villain – David Cameron
Most Stylish – Brandon Flowers (supported by Shockwaves)
Least Stylish – Justin Bieber
Worst Album – Justin Bieber ‘My World 2.0’
Worst Band – Jonas Brothers
Hottest Man – Matt Bellamy
Hottest Woman – Alison Mosshart (The Kills)
Best Album Artwork – Klaxons ‘Surfing The Void’
Best Blog – Hayley Williams (Paramore)
Best Book – John Lydon Mr Rotten’s Scrapbook
Best Small Festival – RockNess