It’s been quite the awards season for Sony Music.
First, acts affiliated with Sony won no less than 27 Grammy Awards last Sunday (Feb 12).
Columbia (and Columbia Nashville) picked up 18 alone (that’s more, the label’s execs were heard to whisper after the show, than Universal Music Group’s’s total haul of 15).
And last night in London, more celebration for the major – as signings to Jason Iley’s Sony Music UK dominated the annual BRIT Awards at the O2 Arena.
Sony Music acts picked up seven trophies out of a possible 11 on the night, as Universal Music took home three gongs – and Warner Music left empty-handed.
In total, Sony artists were granted nine out of a possible 13 BRIT Awards this year – including pre-announced wins for Rag’N’Bone Man (BRIT Critics Choice) and Robbie Williams (BRIT Icon).
Big Sony winners at the ceremony included Best Album and Best Male Solo Artist for the late David Bowie, as well as Rag’N’Bone Man (pictured), aka Rory Graham, who was additionally named British Breakthrough Act.
Meanwhile, there was a British Single win for Syco-signed Little Mix, as One Direction received their seventh BRIT Award for British Artist Video Of The Year for History.
Sony international artist wins included Beyoncé (International Female Solo Artist) and A Tribe Called Quest (International Group).
“This is a truly momentous and historic night for Sony Music’s artists – and is just reward for so many people’s dedication and hard work.“
Jason Iley, Sony Music UK
Universal’s three wins were: Emeli Sande (British Female Solo Artist), The 1975 (British Group) and Drake (International Male Solo Artist).
Adele picked up the BRITs Global Success award. Although affiliated with Sony in the US market, the Hello singer/songwriter’s 25 album is signed to XL Recordings in the UK.
Jason Iley, Chairman and CEO, Sony Music UK and Ireland, said: “This is a truly momentous and historic night for Sony Music’s artists – and is just reward for so many people’s dedication and hard work. I would like to congratulate and pay tribute to all of our artists from around the world.
“Everyone at Sony Music is proud and humbled every day to work alongside people with such exceptional creativity, drive and musicianship. I would also like to thank all the brilliant people at Sony Music, whose passion and determination has helped deliver the artists’ vision.”
The BRIT Awards 2017 winners in full:
British Male Solo Artist
British Female Solo Artist
British Breakthrough Act
BRITs Global Success
Little Mix, Shout Out To My Ex
David Bowie, Blackstar
British Artist Video
One Direction, History
International Male Solo Artist
International Female Solo Artist
A Tribe Called Quest
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