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South Bank Sky Arts Award

Some very exciting news… Kate was awarded the South Bank Sky Arts Award for Pop today!

UPDATE : A message from Kate …                                                                      

I am so thrilled and honoured that ’50 Words For Snow’ won the South Bank Sky Arts award yesterday. It was a really wonderful event with the most extraordinary collection of artists. I was absolutely delighted to be a part of it and simply stunned by the incredible welcome. Many, many thanks to Melvyn Bragg for such a special day. I wonder if he knows what a total treasure he is?

I have been sent a great long list of comments from you all and I am just completely overwhelmed. Thank you so much for all your kind words and love. You made me cry!  I feel so touched and grateful to have you there and I am over the moon!

With love,

A very happy Kate xxxxxxxxx

Full press release:


“Kate Bush triumphs at the

South Bank Sky Arts Awards 2012″

We Need to Talk About Kevin, Grayson Perry and Matilda all win at the most prestigious arts awards in the world

Kate Bush, Grayson Perry and Matilda are among the winners of the South Bank Sky Arts Awards, one of the world’s most coveted arts awards, celebrating the best of British culture and achievement and broadcast live on Sky Arts 1 HD this evening (25th January).

In a glittering ceremony attended by some of the most illustrious patrons, practitioners and performers  in the arts, the winners in visual art, theatre, opera, dance, comedy, classical music, pop, TV drama, literature and film were presented with their awards, designed and signed by Turner prize winning sculptor Anish Kapoor. Hosted as ever by Melvyn Bragg, this is the sixteenth year of the awards and its second year in association with Sky Arts.

The award-winning author Michael Frayn was honoured with the award for Outstanding Achievement, in association with The Dorchester, for a career that has kept him at the top of his field for more than forty years. The award was presented to Michael Frayn by Sir Tom Stoppard.

The Pop Music category was a female only affair for the first time in the prize’s history. Sir Tom Jones presented the award to Kate Bush who triumphed with 50 Words for Snow, her first album in six years. She saw off huge competition from Adele’s globally acclaimed 21 and PJ Harvey’s Mercury Prize winning album Let England Shake.

We Need to Talk About Kevin, the widely acclaimed adaptation of Lionel Shriver’s novel, directed by Lynne Ramsay won the Best Film category, against competition from Joe Cornish’s aliens vs hoodies debut Attack The Block and the breakout documentary of the last year, Senna. The award was presented by the actor Jason Isaacs.

Grayson Perry triumphed in the hotly contested Visual Arts category, which was presented by Tracey Emin. Fighting off completion from David Hockney and David Chipperfield, the artist carried off the trophy for his exhibition The Tomb of the Unknown Craftsman at the British Museum

In what was generally acknowledged as a very strong year for original theatre, critics’ favourite Matilda received the award from Imelda Staunton and Michael Ball up against strong competition from the National Theatre’s One Man Two Guvnors, currently enjoying rave reviews on Broadway, and Constellations at the Royal Court.

Trumpeter Alison Balsom, opera singer Noah Stewart and jazz singer Gregory Porter performed at the awards, which took place at The Dorchester.  Rob Brydon, Lily Cole, Wayne Sleep and Sir Terry Pratchett were just some of the other presenters involved in this year’s ceremony.

This year, Sky Arts will bring the much-missed South Bank Show to television, which was cancelled by in 2010 after 32 years on screen. The new series will begin on Sky Arts 1 on Sunday 27 May at 9pm. The subjects for this year’s series will be announced imminently.