Winners announced for O2 Silver Clef Awards 2018!

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Mon, 25/6/2018

We have today announced the winners of the prestigious O2 Silver Clef Awards 2018. Legends of the music industry such as Roger Waters, Ellie Goulding, George Ezra, Michael Ball and Alfie Boe, Stereophonics, Rudimental, Jorja Smith are amongst the winners of the 43rd O2 Silver Clef Awards. 

Presenter Edith Bowman, will host the star-studded event on Friday 6 July at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London, while coverage from the blue-carpet will be presented by Nordoff Robbins supporter, Peter Andre.

The awards recognise and celebrate the powerful impact of music, bringing the finest of the music industry together with celebrity supporters and influencers to raise money for Nordoff Robbins, to support our music therapy work with vulnerable and isolated people across the UK.  

Two legendary giants of music, Roger Waters of Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin’s Robert Plant are being honoured for their contribution to music and will be presented with the Nordoff Robbins O2 Silver Clef Award and the Integro Outstanding Award respectively. Welsh rockers Stereophonics pick up the American Express Icon Award, while multi-platinum recording artist Ellie Goulding is awarded the Liz Hobbs Group Best Female Award and British singer, songwriter and musician George Ezra will take home the AEG Presents Best Male Award.

Other acts receiving awards this year include Irish rock band The Script, who will be presented with the Raymond Weil International Award, classical duo Michael Ball and Alfie Boe receive the PPL Classical Award, while Rudimental will be awarded the Bose Innovation Award. R&B artist Jorja Smith will collect the Amazon Music Best Newcomer Award. The Sky Best Group Award is awarded to alternative pop band Bastille. Fans have also been voting for their favourite artist in the Ticketmaster Best Live Act category, with Ed Sheeran, Jeff Lynne’s ELO, U2, Foo Fighters, Iron Maiden, Harry Styles, Dua Lipa, Stormzy, Fall Out Boy, Adele and The XX going head to head for this year’s award. The winner will be announced at the event on the 6 July.

Ticketmaster said: “As the largest live entertainment company in the world, we see the profound effect that music has on people every single day. We’re hugely proud to be involved with the Nordoff Robbins music therapy charity, supporting the incredible work that they do for thousands of people every single year.”

George Ezra said: "I am honoured to be receiving the AEG Presents Best Male award at this year’s O2 Silver Clef Awards! Music is such a universal power for good and I’ve heard so much about the great work that Nordoff Robbins do - it’s an honour to support a charity who are dedicated to helping so many people through music.”

Jorja Smith said: “This really means a lot to me – thank you to Nordoff Robbins for choosing me as the Amazon Music Best Newcomer Award winner! It feels good to be supporting a charity who are using music to help vulnerable people all over the UK – music means so much to me as it does to a lot of people and can help people in many different ways. It’s most definitely a cause worth supporting”

The Script said: “We are honoured to receive the Raymond Weil International award at this year’s O2 Silver Clefs. We saw first-hand at a recent visit to Nordoff Robbins, the power of music therapy and we know from personal experiences how music can heal.  So, to be supporting this charity through this event feels very special to us”

Ellie Goulding said: " “I feel so privileged to be receiving the Liz Hobbs Best Female Award. Nordoff Robbins are an amazing charity who are changing lives each day through music, and as someone who has dedicated their life to music, I can wholeheartedly see the merit of their work.”

Earlier this year, it was announced that Nordoff Robbins are set to benefit from a dedicated three-year charity partnership deal with long-term supporters, O2.

Gareth Griffiths, Head of Sponsorship, O2, commented: “O2 is incredibly proud of our association with Nordoff Robbins, now our fifteenth year as partner of the O2 Silver Clef Awards. As passionate live music fans, we love celebrating the work of the world’s most talented artists who grace the stages at The O2 and our O2 Academy venues nationwide. But we’re even bigger fans of the work Nordoff Robbins do delivering thousands of music therapy sessions every year in care homes, hospitals, schools and their own growing list of day centres around the UK. I’ve visited these Nordoff Robbins centres, and seen for myself just what an important part music, and the charity, play in people’s lives. Not just for those receiving the therapy, but for their families too.”

Nordoff Robbins CEO Julie Whelan says: “The O2 Silver Clef Awards are one of the reasons why Nordoff Robbins is able to continue delivering life-changing music therapy to so many people facing some of the biggest challenges who desperately need our help. For 43 years this event has celebrated the best names in music, whilst raising over £10.5 million for our charity to date. We are forever grateful for the tremendous support it receives year on year.”