Dua Lipa and I May Destroy You among winners at South Bank Sky Arts Awards

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Dua Lipa and Michaela Coel’s I May Destroy you were among winners at The South Bank Sky Arts Awards.

Film director Sir Sam Mendes and artist Grayson Perry also featured among stars to take home a trophy at the ceremony held at the Savoy Hotel in central London on Monday.

The awards, which are in their 25th year, celebrate achievements across the arts in categories including music, theatre, art, literature, comedy and opera.

Popstar Lipa took home the pop award for her chart-topping album Future Nostalgia, described by the organisers as a “sensationally popular album which received critical acclaim across the board.”

Dua Lipa performs at The BRIT Awards 2021 at The O2 Arena on May 11 (Dave Benett)
Dua Lipa performs at The BRIT Awards 2021 at The O2 Arena on May 11 (Dave Benett)

It comes after she took home the trophy for best female solo artist at the Brit Awards in May when she used her acceptance speech to call for an NHS pay rise.

Sir Sam won the individual award for innovation in the arts during the pandemic for his work on a fund to help workers in the theatre industry.

Meanwhile Perry was handed the outstanding achievement award.

Michaela Coel’s I May Destroy You was named the winner in the TV drama category, while Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell won the literature prize.

Rocks, which follows the story of a girl who is abandoned by her mother in east London, won the film prize.

Michaela Cole (BBC/Various Artists Ltd and FALKNA/Natalie Seery)
Michaela Cole (BBC/Various Artists Ltd and FALKNA/Natalie Seery)

Normal People actress Daisy Edgar-Jones and Coronation Street star Katherine Kelly were pictured on the red carpet.

Other stars to grace the red carpet included Bafta winning actor Martin Freeman, children’s author Dame Jacqueline Wilson and opera singer Carly Paoli.

Broadcaster Melvyn Bragg presented the awards.

“The arts have kept up their reputation for excellence in difficult circumstances,” he said.

“Without question they are world-class, as these awards show.”

The ceremony will air on Sky Arts at 9pm on Thursday.

Phil Edgar-Jones, director of Sky Arts, said: “We’re excited to be carefully inviting Britain’s best and brightest arts practitioners back to the South Bank Sky Arts Awards in its 25th year.

“Despite the ravages of the pandemic, great art continues to thrive against all odds and, more than ever, we want to celebrate all the joy the creative industries bring.”

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