British rapper Little Simz won best pop act at the South Bank Sky Arts Awards.
She gained recognition for her fourth studio album, Some I Might Be Introvert, which also won her a BRIT Award and received critical acclaim across the board.
Other winners on the night included the cast of Channel 4’s acclaimed drama It’s a Sin, which won Best TV Drama, and another Channel 4 production, We Are Lady Parts, won Best Comedy.
Hosted at The Savoy and presented by Melvyn Bragg, the prestigious event is the only awards ceremony in the world to celebrate the full spectrum of the arts in the categories of TV Drama, Classical Music, Theatre, Comedy, Dance, Film, Visual Arts. , pop, literature and opera.
Artists, performances and projects are recognized for their achievements over the past 12 months.
Presenters included new Doctor Who star Nkuti Gatwa, comedian and actor Eddie Izzard and renowned fashion designer Dame Zandra Rhodes.
Writer Monica Ali won a literary award for her hilarious and touching story about a young couple and their families from two different cultures trying to understand each other.
Spanish ballet dancer Tamara Roja, who was artistic director of English National Ballet from 2012 to 2022, received this year’s award for outstanding achievement.
Recently appointed as the first female artistic director of the San Francisco Ballet, she has been a passionate advocate for the arts throughout her career, advocating for women in dance.
Meanwhile, The Dante Project, choreographed by Wayne McGregor for the Royal Ballet, won the dance award.
Victory, written, produced and directed by Rebecca Hall, won the Cinema category, while Headlong’s Young Vic and James Graham co-production Best Enemies won the theater award.
Opera North’s Rigoletto topped the opera category, while the award for classical music went to Hugh Watkins’ Second Symphony performed by The Halle.
Michael Armitage: Paradise Edict at the Royal Academy of Arts, London won in the visual art category.
The awards also celebrated new talent with The Times Breakthrough Award going this year to Liz Kingsman, whose comedy debut One Woman Show, which she wrote and performed at the Soho Theatre, was a hit.
The ceremony featured performances by songwriter Tom Odell, opera star Freddie de Tomaso and Chineke!, Europe’s first black-majority and ethnically diverse orchestra.
Bragg said: “While things seem to be deteriorating around us, the arts in this country continue to go from strength to strength. The South Bank Sky Arts Awards have once again selected a number of brilliant artists from across the British landscape. Art and I’m sure you’ll enjoy joining us , to see them all in action.”
Phil Edgar-Jones, director of Sky Arts, said: “After a difficult few years, we’re seeing the arts start to recover – there’s been incredible work done since we started to emerge from Covid and we’re proud to celebrate this with everyone. the country produces great singers, dancers, actors, artists and writers.’
The South Bank Sky Arts Awards air on Wednesday 13 July at 10pm on Sky Arts, Freeview 11 and Now TV.