Sir David Attenborough, Joe Wicks, and Sean Paul are some of the stars that have led the Radio 1 Lockdown Awards winners – along with Chanel the African Grey parrot.
The station has celebrated those who have kept us going during the coronavirus lockdowns, from keeping us fit and active to entertaining the masses.
Sir David secured the win for virtual teacher of the year, beating fitness star Joe, BTS and Annie Mac to the top spot.
He said: ‘That’s very kind of you, I take it as a great compliment. Teachers are some of the most important people in our society.
‘What they teach young people is going to affect the future of the world and we all owe them a lot together with the National Health Service. Thank you very much.’
Sean Paul secured the live performance of the year award, performing for Radio 1’s Stay Home Live Lounge from a rooftop – as you do.
The Get Busy hitmaker said: ‘I think the sunshine and the hills and the trees helped me. I think that’s why it was so dope! The words just came: “We make it better together, we make a better life…” With this year being such a clearly unprecedented crazy time, I think those words were just really heartfelt.’
Of course, fitness inspiration of the year went to Joe (who else?!) following his PE With Joe and Wake Up With Joe series, and his 24 hour workout for Children In Need.
‘What a lovely honour, thank you!’ he said. ‘I just keep getting awards this year – I wasn’t prepared for it!
‘But thanks so much for giving me this award to celebrate the year. I do feel proud. My main aim was to bring a bit of structure to peoples’ days… I really think it brought families together and gave them something to look forward to every day.’
The viral moments of the year weren’t about to be forgotten, with Sky News correspondent Deborah Haynes’ son, affectionately known as ‘Two Biscuits Kid’ picking up Zoom fail of the year and sassy kid of the year after interrupting a live broadcast to ask for some sweet treats.
African Grey parrot Chanel picked up animal of the year (we believe it’s her first award) and Ben Howell’s Dua Lipa / BBC News mash-up won remix of the year.
Congrats all round to the winners!
As Joe mentioned, the Lockdown Awards aren’t the only honours presented amid the coronavirus pandemic, with Sir Captain Tom Moore’s fundraising efforts securing him a knighthood.
Fitness guru Joe and Sir David were also part of the Queen’s Birthday Honours list for 2020.
Not too shabby!
Credit: Original article published here.