In pictures: Thousands attend BBC Music Awards - featuring One Direction, Rod Stewart, Stereophonics and Ellie Goulding

It was a night to remember for thousands of fans as they packed into the Genting Arena for the BBC Music Awards in Birmingham this evening.

In pictures: Thousands attend BBC Music Awards - featuring One Direction, Rod Stewart, Stereophonics and Ellie Goulding

Wolverhampton's Liam Payne and Louis Tomlinson, both of One Direction, arrive at the awards

With fire, pink confetti and earth-shattering screams, the crowd were thoroughly entertained as the likes of Ellie Goulding, Jack Garratt, Little Mix and Faithless took to the stage.

The event was hosted by BBC Radio 2 DJ and new Top Gear host Chris Evans and Radio one DJ Fearne Cotton. 

Adele was the big winner on the night as she scooped British Artist of the Year as well as the live performance of the year for her BBC One special, ‘Adele at the BBC’.

She wasn’t available to attend the awards but left a message for fans saying: “Sorry I’m not there, I’m absolutely gutted but thanks so much for my award. Thank you so, so much. I hope you’re all having a wonderful night.”

Crowd favourite Taylor Swift won International artist of the year. Despite also not being able to attend the awards in person she was a clear crowd favourite being met with huge screams.

She left a video message for fans saying: “I wish I could be with you right now but I’m on tour in Australia. Thank you so much for this BBC Music Award for International Artist of the Year. It was an amazing highlight of the year for me getting to play Big Weekend in Norwich. You guys have been so supportive and wonderful. Thank you so much, it’s amazing.”

Other winners on the night included Jack Garratt for BBC introducing artist of the year and Hozier who won song of the year for his chart-topping Take Me to Church.

One Direction were the clear crowd favourites as they opened the show with a fiery performance of Drag Me Down. The crowd erupted into a frenzy as they surrounded the arrow-shaped stage.

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One Direction

The band appeared on the big screens numerous times in video segments and the crowd could not hold back their screams for the boyband starring Wolverhampton heartthrob Liam Payne.

Ellie Goulding followed One Direction as she performed a moving rendition of Love Me Like you Do from the 50 Shades of Grey film. The song was also nominated for the song of the year.

The crowd were never left short of entertainment as 1D and Ellie were followed by the likes of Little Mix, OMI, Jess Glynne, Stereophonics, Hozier, Jess Glynne, James Bay, Faithless and Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott. 

Faithless got the crowd out of their seats as they performed a high-energy version of their 20-year-old hit Insomia. 

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Little Mix, meanwhile, received screams almost as loud as One Direction as they performed Black Magic.

But the BBC saved the best till last as Rod Stewart performed his classic hits Stay With Me and Sailing.

But it wasn’t just a night for the fans, the artists seemed to enjoy themselves as well. 

As DJs Greg James and Jo Whiley took to the stage to announce the winner of song of the year, they announced that Rod Stewart and One Direction had been sharing a jacuzzi backstage. 

There were sombre moments throughout as well, especially when the BBC played a montage to those in music who had lost their lives in the past 12 months. The likes of Steve Strange, James Horner and of course Cilla Black received rapturous applause.

There were also tributes to Frank Sinatra who would have turned 100 on Saturday and for Bohemian Rhapsody which is now 40 years old.

The BBC orchestra played a rendition of New York New York while Brian May appeared live at the awards.

He took to the stage to announce that Adele had won BBC live performance of the year, but as he did made it clear that he knew Bo-Rap was special ever since it was written.

At the end of the night Chris Evans and Fearne Cotton announced that the BBC Music Awards would return next year to Birmingham at the Genting Arena.

By Jack Averty
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