Sunday 18 March 2018

Sam Smith hails 'amazing day' at GQ awards

Sam Smith with the Ciroc Solo Artist Award at the 2015 GQ Men of the Year Awards at the Royal Opera House, London
Sam Smith with the Ciroc Solo Artist Award at the 2015 GQ Men of the Year Awards at the Royal Opera House, London

Singer Sam Smith hailed an "amazing day" after he was named solo artist of the year at the 18th annual GQ Men of the Year Awards - hours after confirming he will sing the theme song for the latest James Bond movie.

Smith said he had been "keeping the secret" about singing the theme song for Spectre for a year, and couldn't think of a better way to celebrate.

He was among a host of stars who attended the event held at London's Royal Opera House, hosted by Hollywood star Samuel L Jackson.

Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards was named Legend of the year, and said it was an honour to receive the award.

Sir Bob Geldof took to the stage to present Chancellor George Osborne with the politician of the year award - and berated the Government, saying their response to the current situation across the Mediterranean, Middle East and Europe was "inadequate".

"It can't be a game of numbers," he added.

American actor Will Ferrell, who was named comedian of the year, got a standing ovation after delivering an emotional speech, and joked he'd "done a bit of cocaine" in the toilets.

Formula One star Lewis Hamilton, who was named sportsman of the year, thanked his father, saying: "One day I want to be a father like him."

Other winners on the night were the British band Blur, singer James Bay, actor and TV presenter James Corden and Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke.

Sir Elton John presented British Band Blur with the band of the year award. He praised their new album, The Magic Whip, saying it was "a truly amazing piece of work".

Blur's lead singer Damon Albarn acknowledged his bandmates, saying: "It's just a great privilege to still be able to play with you guys."

James Corden accepted his award for TV personality of the year via a video message.

The short clip saw GQ editor, Dylan Jones, surprising Corden on set while filming The Late Late Show.

Corden, who was also mid-interview with British boyband One Direction, joked that Jones could "be the fifth member of One Direction", before asking if his award meant he finally gets a GQ cover.

Stephen Fry presented cricketer Stuart Broad with an outstanding achievement award.

Singer Lionel Richie got a standing ovation from the crowd as Tinie Tempah presented him with his Icon award.

Richie joked about how much winning a British GQ award meant to him.

"You must understand, you can't be sexy because the kids say 'Dad, you are not going out there looking like that'... now I'll say, 'I have my British GQ Award'."

The Editor's Special award went to Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho, who said: "In my career I've received a few awards, and I know why, because I win football matches.

"This is the first award I've got and I don't know why, but thank you."

Press Association

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