Saturday, July 02, 2011

Silver Clef awards: High excitement

The Nordoff Robbins Silver Clef Awards - though usually raising a lot of money for the good works done by the charity - seldom generate much in the way of excitement.

Not this year, though: The place really caught fire.

No, actually caught fire, with the guests being sent out to stand in the street while the fire brigade came round.

It was after the prize giving - Paul McCartney was safely back inside his sealed storage unit - but there were still random people hanging about. Liza Minnelli, Tinie Tempah and Annie Lennox huddled together and hoped the puffs of smoke from the kitchens weren't merely the first acts in a Towering Inferno style disaster.

They weren't.

This year's winners, by the way:
O2 Silver Clef Award - Annie Lennox
Investec Icon Award - Liza Minnelli
TAG: Design & Interactive Newcomer Award - Tinie Tempah
PPL Classical Award - Alfie Boe
Hard Rock Ambassadors of Rock Award - Arcade Fire
Royal Albert Hall Best British Band Award - Biffy Clyro
Raymond Weil International Award - Swedish House Mafia
Sony Ericsson Lifetime Achievement Award - Status Quo
American Express Digital Innovation Award - McFly
Best Live Act - Sir Paul McCartney

Yes, that is McFly: digital innovators.