Silver Clef Award

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Silver Clef Awards
Awarded for Outstanding contribution to UK music
Location United Kingdom
Presented by Nordoff-Robbins
Last awarded 2016
Currently held by Jess Glynne
Website [1]

The Silver Clef Awards is an annual UK music awards lunch which has been running since 1976.


The Silver Clef fundraising committee was founded in 1976 by musicians and managers from across the British music industry, who wanted to honour and award music artists whilst raising funds for Nordoff Robbins. The event went on to become the annual Silver Clef Awards and Lunch, an important date in the social and business calendar of the music industry, with even members of the Royal Family attending as guests of honour. The lunch is also the flagship event in the highly respected and well-known diary of fundraising events put on by Nordoff Robbins. The Silver Clef initiative eventually expanded to the USA, where members of the music community there arranged the first American Silver Clef Award Dinner and Auction in 1989. The funds from that event benefited the Nordoff Robbins Centre for Music Therapy based at New York University.

On July 3 2015, the 40th annual Silver Clef Awards was sponsored by O2 and held at the Grosvenor House Hotel on Park Lane. UK heavy metal band Iron Maiden were awarded the O2 Silver Clef Award for outstanding contribution to UK music.The award was presented by Mark Rylance and Claire Van Kampan, whilst Sir Tom Jones presented Gladys Knight with the Raymond Weil International Award. Rita Ora took home the Vevo Best Female Award, Mark Ronson received the American Express Innovation Award from fellow producer Trevor Horn, and Duran Duran collected the Spotify Lifetime Achievement Award. The other winners who were also all there on the day to celebrate included Il Divo (PPL Classical Award), Primal Scream (Investec Icon Award), Jake Bugg (AEG Live Best Male Award), James Bay (Jack Daniel’s Best Newcomer Award), and Kasabian who were presented with the Royal Albert Hall Best Group Award. The Live Nation and Ticketmaster Best Live Act Award was collected by Peter Andre on behalf of the winners Arctic Monkeys (not in attendance at the event).The award was voted for by members of the public with the support of Ticketmaster, O2 and Music Week.


  • Committee Chair: Emma Banks
  • Director of Fundraising, Marketing and Communications: Jo Carter
  • Event Managers: Rachel Walker and Abena Mills


  • Silver Clef Award (for outstanding contribution to UK music)
  • Outstanding Achievement Award
  • Icon Award
  • International Award
  • Best Newcomer Award
  • Best Group Award
  • Best Female Award
  • Best Male Award
  • Classical Award
  • Innovation Award
  • Best Live Act

List of winners[edit]

Silver Clef Award

Outstanding Achievement Award

Best Newcomer Award

International Award

Classical Award

Icon Award

Best Female Award

Best Male Award

Best Group

Innovation Award

Best Live Act (voted for by the public)

Ambassadors of Rock Award

Best British Act Award

Discretionary Awards:

World Peace Award

Special Achievement Award

Heart Record/ Artist of the Year Award


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