Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith, Dua Lipa, The Black-Eyed Peas, Years & Years, Mabel and The Chemical Brothers are amongst the winners at this year’s Nordoff Robbins O2 Silver Clef Awards which will be held on Friday 5 July at Grosvenor House Hotel in London.
The awards, presented by Edith Bowman for the third year running, recognise and celebrate the powerful impact of music. Music therapy charity Nordoff Robbins run sessions that can help a child with autism to communicate, unlock forgotten memories for those living with dementia or provide moments of peace for someone living with depression and anxiety.
The O2 Silver Clef Awards bring the finest of the music industry together with celebrity supporters and influencers to raise money for the Nordoff Robbins charity. Red carpet arrivals will be covered by Nordoff Robbins supporter, Peter Andre.
The ‘+’ and ‘x’ solo Brit artist Ed Sheeran is being presented with the overall O2 Silver Clef Award.
Ed Sheeran said: “I want to thank Nordoff Robbins and O2 for the award...this means a lot and I want to applaud Nordoff Robbins for all the wonderful work they do through music therapy”
Global singing sensation Sam Smith and British singer songwriter Dua Lipa will take home the AEG Best Male Award and the Smule Best Female Award respectively. American musical dance-pop music band, The Black-Eyed Peas pick up The Raymond Weil Best International Group Award and electro-pop band Years & Years are awarded Hard Rock Café Best Group.
Other acts receiving awards this year include rising star Mabel who will be presented with the Ticketmaster Best Newcomer Award. Sheku Kanneh-Mason, the bright young star on the classical music scene who performed at Prince Harry and Meghan Merkle’s wedding last year, picks up the PPL Classical Award and legendary giants of music The Chemical Brothers take home the Bose Innovation Award.
Ticketmaster said: “We see the profound effect that music has on people every single day, and we’re very proud to have worked with Nordoff Robbins for over a decade, supporting the incredible work that they do for thousands of people every single year.”
Olly from Years and Years said: We are really happy to be accepting the Hard Rock Cafe best group award at the o2 silver clefs this year! The work Nordoff Robbins are doing is really incredible so it’s very exciting to be involved. Offering people a lifeline by giving them a chance to express themselves through music, like Nordoff Robbins do, reminds us how lucky we are as a band to do what we do. We all experience tough times and any of us can find ourselves in a vulnerable situation, music can be so healing for us in those moments.
Dua Lipa said: “A few years ago, I performed at a Nordoff Robbins event which was raising funds for their music therapy work, so it’s a real pleasure to be back supporting this charity again through the O2 Silver Clef Awards. Music is my life, so I can’t think of a better charity to be supporting than one which uses music to enrich the lives of others. I can’t wait to be there on the day to receive this award!”
Mabel said: "I’m so happy to be accepting the Ticketmaster Best Newcomer Award! Making music is such a fun but also emotional process, so being able to support a charity who helps others in really tough situations through music holds a special place in my heart."
Chemical Brothers said, "We are delighted to be part of the O2 Silver Clef Awards this year and to be supporting this very special charity. We love expressing our inner selves creatively, forging connection and escape through music. Music therapy which helps people to do the same is incredibly important and inspiring for us. We're grateful to be associated with the provision of this opportunity for people to find their voice through music. We look forward to collecting the Bose Innovation Award on the day and meeting the people involved in this wonderful work.”
Gareth Griffiths, Head of Sponsorship, O2, commented; “This is our 17th year supporting this brilliant charity. It has been amazing to see the wealth of positive change that has taken place over the last year for Nordoff Robbins, we feel privileged to be involved. The O2 Silver Clef Awards gives us the opportunity to honour some truly outstanding musical talent – both in respect of our esteemed award winners and the work of Nordoff Robbins, and for that we couldn’t be prouder”
Nordoff Robbins CEO Julie Whelan says: “Each year through the O2 Silver Clef Awards we get to celebrate the best names in music and raise crucial funds to help our charity enrich the lives of even more people living with life-limiting illness, disability or isolation. In the past year we merged with our sister charity in Scotland and were able to increase the number of people we could support by a third. None of this would be possible without the tremendous support the Silver Clefs receive every year.”
Further information on winners in Notes to Editors section below.