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The South Bank Sky Arts Awards were televised last night. Here's who won what if you missed it...

Press Release

Hosted by Melvyn Bragg, The South Bank Sky Arts Awards continued its legacy as the only awards ceremony in the world to celebrate the complete range of the arts, with categories for TV Drama, Classical Music, Theatre, Comedy, Dance, Film, Visual Art, Pop, Literature and Opera.

Melvyn Bragg said “This is as strong as any list we have ever had. The arts in the UK, a £92billion industry, are second only to the US. Regrettably, government policy in cutting arts teaching out of so many schools fails to take this on board. This year’s awards celebrate what can happen when arts are encouraged from school-age onwards.”

Grime artist Stormzy took home the Pop award for Gang Signs & Prayer, his sensationally popular debut album that has taken the music world by storm. The universally treasured Paddington 2 was victorious in the Film category, meanwhile Ma’am Darling, the rip-roaring and witty account of Princess Margaret’s life, saw its author, Craig Brown, scoop the Literature prize.

Other winners on the day included the deliciously dark Inside No. 9 for Comedy, the eloquently poised maliphantworks for Dance and politically pertinent The Jungle for Theatre. The awards also celebrated emerging talent, with The Times Breakthrough Award this year presented to Nubya Garcia, a multitalented saxophonist whose debut recordings and live performances have transcended the jazz scene.

The awards added a personal touch for this year’s winners, as many of the presenters of each category had a connection with the respective recipient. Presenters included Germaine Greer, an early champion of winning artist Rose Wylie; and Classical Music presenter Guy Garvey, who has performed with Sir Mark Elder, conductor of the victorious BBC Philharmonic and the HallĂ©. Benedict Cumberbatch, the recipient of the coveted Outstanding Achievement Award, got his award from Tom Hiddleston.  Benedict Cumberbatch said, “I am quite flabbergasted to be receiving this award especially when looking at past recipients. I am needless to say immensely grateful and humbled. The South Bank Show has always had a place in my heart as being an inspirational exploration of the best of culture so to be recognised in this way by Melvyn and the show is incredibly flattering and I am very humbled to be this year’s recipient. Many many thanks.”


Full List of Winners

VISUAL ART Presented by: Germaine Greer
Rose Wylie - Quack Quack, Serpentine Sackler Gallery

COMEDY Presented by: Mark Gatiss
Inside No. 9 - BBC Two

THEATRE Presented by: Emily Berrington
The Jungle - A Young Vic and National Theatre co-production with Good Chance Theatre. Commissioned by the National Theatre

FILM Presented by: Eleanor Tomlinson
Paddington 2

DANCE Presented by: Sylvie Guillem
maliphantworks - Russell Maliphant Company

CLASSICAL MUSIC Presented by: Guy Garvey
Schoenberg’s Gurrelieder - BBC Philharmonic and the HallĂ©

LITERATURE Presented by: A N Wilson
Ma’am Darling: 99 Glimpses of Princess Margaret - Craig Brown

OPERA Presented by: Bryn Terfel
Hamlet - Glyndebourne

POP Presented by: Malorie Blackman
Stormzy - Gang Signs & Prayer

TV DRAMA Presented by: Nicholas Pinnock
Howards End - Playground / BBC One

THE TIMES BREAKTHROUGH AWARD Presented by: Chi-Chi Nwanoku
Pop - Nubya Garcia

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD Presented by: Tom Hiddleston
Benedict Cumberbatch

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