The Artist Awards

In this post, we announce the winners of Best UK Male, Best UK Female, Best UK Band, Best International Male, Best International Female and Best International Band as part of our Best of 2016 Awards.


 Best UK Male


  • Craig David
  • David Bowie
  • James Blake
  • Jack Garrett
  • Michael Kiwanuka
  • Skepta



Our Top 3:

3rd Place: Michael Kiwanukamickael kiw.jpg


2nd Place: David Bowiedavid-bow


Winner: Skepta

It’s been an incredible year for the North London Grime MC. Album Konichiwa brilliantly tackled issues including gang life and police brutality and deservingly won the Mercury Music Prize, bringing grime back into the mainstream for the first time since Dizzee Rascal’s Boy In Da Corner in 2003. His rise with grime collective and label Boy Better Know was crowned with a headline show at Wireless festival followed by a sold-out solo show at Alexandra Palace. Songs Man, That’s Not Me and Gang highlight the confidence and genius of the Tottenham rapper, crowning him one of the most important artists in the world in recent years.

BESTIVAL Festival On The Isle Of Wight



Best UK Female


  • Adele
  • Bat For Lashes
  • Charli XCX
  • Laura Mvula
  • MIA
  • PJ Harvey


Our Top 3:

3rd Place: Bat For Lashesbat-for-lasess


2nd Place: Adeleadele


Winner: PJ Harvey

Double Mercury Prize winner Polly Jean Harvey released ninth album The Hope Six Demolition Project, a documentation of her travels around Kosovo, Afghanistan and USA. A political album, it raises awareness of housing issues in the US and mixes with Harvey’s anxiousness to create an unsettling yet subtly beautiful creation. With a brilliant headline set at London’s Field Day festival alongside a brexit-driven set at Glastonbury, PJ Harvey continues to amaze after each album.





Best UK Band


  • Biffy Clyro
  • Catfish & The Bottlemen
  • Glass Animals
  • Muse
  • Radiohead
  • The 1975


Our Top 3:

3rd Place: Glass Animalsglass-animales


2nd Place: Radioheadradio


Winner: The 1975

2016 has been the year ruled by Matt Healy and co. The arrival of I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it, showed the world just how creative a band the Manchester four piece are. With instrumentals, disco grooves and celebrity lifestyle jokes, they aren’t afraid to take risks which is one clear reason it was nominated for the Mercury Prize. In just 26 weeks, the band sold more than double the amount of copies of the second album as they did with their debut in the US in total. Five sold out shows at O2 Brixton Academy followed by two dates at the O2 Arena prove that The 1975 are the most important band in the world right now.





Best International Male


  • Drake
  • Iggy Pop
  • Frank Ocean
  • Justin Bieber
  • Kanye West
  • The Weeknd


Our Top 3:

3rd Place: Iggy Popiggyyyy


2nd Place: The Weekndthe-weeknd


Winner: Drake

The Canadian megastar was named Spotify’s most streamed artist for the second year in a row with a total of 4.7 billion streams on Spotify alone. Having spent 15 weeks at No.1 in the UK charts, One Dance was the biggest song of the year. Combining this with impromptu performances at a Bar Mitzvah in New York and at a BRIT Awards after party with Section Boyz, it is no surprise that Drake is our International Male Artist of 2016.drakeee


Best International Female


  • Ariana Grande
  • Beyoncé
  • Lady Gaga
  • Rihanna
  • Sia


Our Top 3:

3rd Place: Rihannarihanna


2nd Place: Siasiaa


Winner: Beyoncé

2016 showed Beyoncé to be one of the most politically important figures in music right now. She almost stole the limelight from Coldplay at their Super Bowl 50 halftime show, with a sensationally choreographed first performance of Formation. She released visual album Lemonade in April and became the first artist in Billboard history to debut their first six albums at the top of the chart. The Formation World Tour swept through North America and Europe, ending with her being joined by Jay-Z, Kendrick Lamar and Serena Williams on the final night of the tour. She concluded her year leading the Grammy nominations with 9 nominations including Best Album, Record of the Year and Song of the Year.beyonceee



Best International Band


  • Bon Iver
  • DNCE
  • Green Day
  • Kings of Leon
  • Red Hot Chilli Peppers
  • The Chainsmokers


Our Top 3:

3rd Place: Red Hot Chilli Peppers2013 Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival ñ Day 3


2nd Place: Bon IverBon Iver


Winner: Green Day

With the current state of political affairs in America right now, it seems fitting that Green Day are named Best International Band following the release of twelfth album Bang Bang, a captivating political protest highlighting the incoherent state of police and politics in the US. The punk trio have spent most of their time touring the album as well as being active in the US Presidential election. UK fans were left with the news towards the end of the year that the band would headline Hyde Park as part of British Summer Time Festival. It seems to be custom now, that when in times of political crisis, Green Day return with a force twice the size to help us out of the struggle.gren-dayy

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