Izzy Bizu dazzled her way through the BBC Music Awards this week, after being named the BBC Introducing’s Artist of the Year for 2016.
The former BIMM London student shone on the red carpet and was joined by a whole host of stars including The 1975, John Legend, The Kaiser Chiefs, Emeli Sandé, Craig David and Robbie Williams.
Presenting her award were hosts, Claudia Winkleman and Fearne Cotton, who called Izzy ‘one of the most stunning new voices in music’ before cutting to a montage of interviews from Izzy’s celebrity fans, including Emeli Sande:
“She’s got quite a cool voice, so I love the jazz influences, I love the soul and the simplicity of it. I’m a big fan of hers, and I think she’s an exciting new talent for the UK.”
Singer-songwriter and 2015 BBC Introducing winner, Jack Garratt also praised Izzy’s unique style before congratulating the 22-year-old:
“I think Izzy absolutely deserves it. It’s amazing to see it go to someone making the kind of music she’s making without doing it in a way that anyone would expect,” he revealed.
Izzy gave a spectacular performance of her breakthrough single, White Tiger, before receiving the golden gong.
— Izzy Bizu (@IzzyBizu) December 12, 2016
Speaking about BBC Introducing’s involvement, Izzy said: “I’m really thankful to BBC Introducing. To back you up when nobody knows I think is really lovely, so yeah I’ll be forever grateful.”