Stereophonics win Best Indie at the Global Awards 2020

5 March 2020, 21:29 | Updated: 6 March 2020, 11:56

Radio X presenter Johnny Vaughan and Stereophonics' Adam Zindani, Richard Jones, Kelly Jones, Jamie Morrison and Radio X's Chris Moyles with the Best Indie Award at The Global Awards 2020 at Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith on March 05, 2020
Radio X presenter Johnny Vaughan and Stereophonics' Adam Zindani, Richard Jones, Kelly Jones, Jamie Morrison and Radio X's Chris Moyles with the Best Indie Award at The Global Awards 2020 at Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith on March 05, 2020. Picture: Dave J Hogan/Getty Images

The band have triumphed in the hotly-contested category, which saw them up against Sam Fender and Florence + The Machine.

Stereophonics have won the Best Indie category at The Global Awards 2020 with Very.co.uk, which took place at London's Eventim Apollo Hammersmith tonight (Thursday 5 March).

Asked by Radio X’s Rich Wolfenden how it feels to win gong, drummer Jamie Morrison joked: "It’s heavy”. When Rich wondered if they still see themselves as "indie" all these years on, frontman Kelly Jones commented: “Not really. Just a rock ’n’ roll band.”

The band - comprising of frontman Kelly Jones, Richard Jones, Adam Zindani and Jamie Morrison - beat off stiff competition from Sam Fender, The 1975, Twenty One Pilots and Florence + The Machine.

Stereophonics were presented with the trophy by Radio X presenters Chris Moyles and Johnny Vaughan.

Stereophonics accept the award from Johnny Vaughan and Chris Moyles for Best Indie on stage at the Global Awards 2020 with Very.co.uk at London's Eventim Apollo Hammersmith.
Stereophonics accept the award from Johnny Vaughan and Chris Moyles for Best Indie on stage at the Global Awards 2020 with Very.co.uk at London's Eventim Apollo Hammersmith. Picture: Isabel Infantes/PA Wire/PA Images

Accepting the award, Kelly Jones said: "Thank you very much. I don’t really know what I’m supposed to say after those f***ing two.

“Thank you to everybody and thank you to Radio X for your support. 

“We’ve been here for 27 years, so thank you very much and have a good night.... and get p*ssed."

Kelly Jones and co also took home the Global Special Award in recognition of their remarkable career and their contribution to music and entertainment.

They then played out the awards ceremony with a selection of their hits, including C'est La Vie, Maybe Tomorrow and Dakota.

2019 was a big year for Stereophonics - their eleventh album, Kind, was released in October and topped the UK album charts, spawning the hits Bust This Town, Fly Like An Eagle and the current Radio X favourite, Don't Let The Devil Take Another Day.

Stereophonics attend The Global Awards 2020 at the Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith, on March 05, 2020
Stereophonics attend The Global Awards 2020 at the Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith, on March 05, 2020. Picture: David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images

Their success continues into 2020 with a major UK tour taking place in the Spring. This summer will see the 'Phonics play the festivals Kendal Calling, Festi'neuch in Switzerland and Independence in Cork, plus huge outdoor shows at The Hague; Netherlands, Bangor, Wales; and Edinburgh and Inverness in Scotland.

The winners of The Global Awards 2020 with Very.co.uk were crowned at a star-studded ceremony hosted by Capital Breakfast’s Roman Kemp, Smooth Radio’s Kate Garraway and Classic FM and Smooth presenter Myleene Klass.

Global, the Media & Entertainment group, created The Global Awards to celebrate the stars of music, news and entertainment across a wide range of genres. Now in its third year, the prestigious event brought together all Global’s radio stations including Capital, Heart, Smooth, Classic FM, LBC, Radio X, Capital XTRA and Gold with award categories reflecting the music, programmes, podcasts and news aired on Global’s radio stations and the Global Player app.

The glittering show featured spectacular live performances from some of the world’s biggest artists – Camila Cabello, Ellie Goulding, Tones And I, Aled Jones and Russell Watson.

The Global Awards 2020 with Very.co.uk full list of winners:

BEST BRITISH ACT

Winner: Dua Lipa
Ed Sheeran
Lewis Capaldi
Sam Smith
Stormzy

BEST GROUP

Winner: Jonas Brothers
Stereophonics
Maroon 5
Coldplay
Little Mix

BEST MALE

Winner: Ed Sheeran
Shawn Mendes
Lewis Capaldi
Stormzy
Harry Styles

BEST FEMALE

Winner: Camila Cabello
Dua Lipa
Billie Eilish
Ariana Grande
Lizzo

BEST PODCAST

Winner: Sh**ged Married Annoyed
My Dad Wrote A Porno
Off Menu with Ed Gamble and James Acaster
YouTuber News
The Chris Moyles Show on Radio X Podcast

BEST CLASSICAL ARTIST

Winner: Sheku Kanneh-Mason
MILOŠ
Gareth Malone
Alma Deutscher
Russell Watson

BEST HIP HOP OR R&B

Winner: Stormzy
Post Malone
Khalid
Aitch
Chris Brown

BEST INDIE ACT

Winner: Stereophonics
Sam Fender
The 1975
Twenty One Pilots
Florence & The Machine

BEST POP

Winner: Tones & I
Shawn Mendes
Dua Lipa
Jax Jones
Rita Ora

BEST MASS APPEAL ARTIST

Winner: Lewis Capaldi
Ed Sheeran
Tom Walker
Taylor Swift
Freya Ridings

BEST SONG OF 2019 with METRO

(category judged by public vote) includes the five most played songs of 2019 from The Official Big Top 40, the UK’s biggest chart show.

Winner: Harry Styles - Lights Up
P!nk - Walk Me Home
Panic! At The Disco - High Hopes
Aitch - Taste (Make It Shake)
Billie Eilish - bad guy
Ed Sheeran & Justin Bieber – I Don’t Care
Tones & I – Dance Monkey
Kygo x Whitney Houston – Higher Love
Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello – Senorita
Lewis Capaldi – Someone You Loved

RISING STAR

Winner: Aitch
Young T & Bugsey
Lauv
Tones & I
Lizzo

MOST PLAYED SONG

Winner: Lewis Capaldi - Someone You Loved
This is the song that has enjoyed the most airplay across the Global group of stations in the period from December 12th 2018 – December 11th 2019.

THE LBC AWARD

Winner: PC Stuart Outten
This category recognises the best in news reporting or a news moment that really stood out in 2019, as suggested by LBC listeners.

The Global Special Award

Winner: Stereophonics