Steve Allen has been honoured at the Global Awards as he celebrates 40 years on-air at LBC.
He won the LBC Award for his weekday early show, which was presented to him by LBC’s Nick Ferrari and Classic FM’s Moira Stewart.
Speaking on-stage as he collected the award, Steve said: “Oh my god. Oh, my goodness, there’s a week’s worth of programming in this room tonight. I’ve been looking round the tables and I’ve featured most people in here, most people.
“I have to thank James Rea. Tom, thank you so much. Ofcom, Ofcom I thank on a daily basis, I’ve basically got a hotline to Ofcom. They love my show, they really do. I have to thank Ashley who has just been such a big supporter, thank you so much.
“I never thought 40 years ago that I would still be working on the same station and still working. I think I’m living proof that some decrepit old tart like me can actually get an audience at 4 o’clock in the morning. It’s a miracle. I love every day, I love everything, everything about it and at the end of the month they give money. Please god it continues.
— Global (@global) March 8, 2019
“I’m not supporting anybody, but I might after tonight. I love working with the people at LBC, they’re so nice. I see so many friends in this room that I see at work all the time and I love every single one of you. Even you lot down here!
“So, thank you, thank you so, so much for this. You’ve no idea what this means, and I generally cry quite easily so I am going to try not tonight and just say, thank you!”
Ashley Tabor OBE, Global’s Founder & Executive President, said: “The Global Awards, with Very.co.uk, is truly unique among awards shows, as we honour the stars of music, news and entertainment, all together on one night, with multiple awards voted for by the public alone. Some of the world’s biggest artists from across the musical spectrum treated us to some spectacular performances – what a way to celebrate our second ever awards show! Our huge congratulations to every nominee and winner, with special recognition to Dua Lipa, Mark Ronson and Little Mix for being our big double winners on the night.”
The Global Awards were hosted by Rochelle Humes, Roman Kemp and Myleene Klass and featured performances by Mark Ronson, Anne-Marie, Lang Lang, Blossoms, Little Mix and, the winner of last year’s Rising Star Award, Mabel.
Dua Lipa, Mark Ronson and Little Mix all did the double on the night, each winning two awards. Dua Lipa was one of the big winners, scooping two major awards – Best Female and Best British Artist or Group.
Mark Ronson was another big double winner – taking home Best Male and the second ever Global Special Award, which recognised the producer, DJ and musician for his phenomenal career and contribution to the worldwide music industry.
Little Mix took home Best Song with Metro for ‘Woman Like Me’ (feat. Nicki Minaj) and Best Group for the second year-in-a-row – with both awards voted for by the public.
The Awards also crowned Halsey with the Rising Star Award, recognising the artist who has broken through in 2018, also voted for by the public.
Showing the unique, musical diversity of the awards, the public voted Nicola Benedetti as Best Classical Artist and Khalid as the winner of Best RnB, Hip Hop & Grime. In addition, Joe Sugg was voted Social Media Superstar.
Lady Gaga won the Mass Appeal award, recognising an artist’s true crossover appeal across multiple formats and genres, while Anne-Marie scooped the award for Best Pop and Blossoms won Best Indie.
Rudimental won the Most Played Song for ‘These Days’ featuring Jess Glynne, Macklemore and Dan Caplen, recognising the song that had the most airplay across Global radio stations in total in 2018.
Finally, Smooth Radio’s Kate Garraway gave out the first ever Very Award to 19-year-old Joshua Hill. Global has created the brand-new award with Very.co.uk to celebrate someone who’s overcome a personal challenge. At the age of 5, Joshua was diagnosed with Leukaemia. Despite that, he went on achieve his GCSEs and A-levels; he’s currently studying Fitness and Health at college and – 14 years on from his diagnosis, conquered three of Britain’s biggest mountains last year to raise money for Global’s Make Some Noise.
A number of Global staff and singers took to the stage to hand out the awards too. They were:
Best Song with Metro – Harry Redknapp & Fleur East
Mass Appeal – Emma Bunton & John Newman
Rising Star – Jonas Blue & Tim Westwood
LBC Award – Moira Stuart & Nick Ferrari
Best Group – Cheryl & Anne-Marie
The Very Award – Kate Garraway
Best Indie – Chris Moyles & Johnny Vaughan
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Social Media Superstar – Mabel & Will Manning
Best Classical Artist – Charlotte Hawkins & Aled Jones
Best Male – Marvin Humes & Ava Max
Best RnB, Hip-Hop & Grime – Yinka & DJ Semtex
Best Female – Olly Murs & Vick Hope
Best Pop – Kelly Brook & Mark Wright
Best British Artist or Group – Martin Kemp & Shirlie Kemp