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Arctic Monkeys win music prize at South Bank Awards

By | Published on Tuesday 28 January 2014

Arctic Monkeys

Melvin Bragg’s Sky Arts South Bank Awards show took place yesterday and hurrah, hurrah, the marvellous Bridget Christie took the Best Comedy prize for her show ‘A Bic for Her’. Which is slightly outside our remit I know, but do check out our sister magazine ThreeWeeks’ interview with her at last year’s Edinburgh Fringe.

Meanwhile, we ought to mention that Arctic Monkeys triumphed in the pop music slot, with the judges selecting the band’s 2013 album ‘AM’ over David Bowie’s ‘The Next Day’ and Disclosure’s ‘Settle’ as the best recording of the last twelve months. So that’s all groovy.

Here’s the Bragg man saying some things before the list of winners from this year’s edition of the cross-genre awards event: “The shortlist demonstrated an extraordinary breadth and range of artistic disciplines and the richly-deserving winners all examples of the most exciting and unique talents at work in the UK today. I am delighted to be able to honour and celebrate them as they deserve”.

Comedy: Bridget Christie – A Bic for Her
Theatre: Let The Right One In, National Theatre of Scotland
Visual Art: Katie Paterson, Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge and Tipping Point, Wolverhampton Art Gallery
Breakthrough Award: Nick Helm
Film: The Selfish Giant
Opera: Written on Skin, Royal Opera House
Pop Music: Arctic Monkeys – AM
Dance: Dracula, Mark Bruce Company
Classical: The Rest Is Noise, Various Artists, Southbank Centre
TV Drama: Broadchurch, ITV
Literature: Life After Life, Kate Atkinson
The Outstanding Achievement Award: Tracey Emin