Muse and Thom top the digital pops (20061004 This is London article)
Muse and Thom top the digital pops
By John Higginson, Metro 04.10.06
Muse and Thom Yorke were the big winners at the BT Digital Music Awards last night.
Each collected two trophies at the fifth annual ceremony dedicated to digital music entertainment.
Festival favourites Muse beat Hard-Fi, Editors, Kasabian and Mystery Jets to win the coveted best rock artist title, and their fansite, www.muselive.com, was named best unofficial music site.
Lily Allen beat Sandi Thom, The Kooks, Girls Aloud and Will Young to take the best pop artist gong.
And R'n'B star Lemar beat Nate James, Plan B, Sway and The Streets to be named best urban artist.
Mike and Ted Mayhem's blog took the prize for the best music blog - a category sponsored by Metro.
Lorraine, White Stripes and The Streets also walked away with awards, while Peter Gabriel picked up a ' pioneer award' for his contribution to digital music over the years.
Radiohead's Thom Yorke won best use of mobile and best artist campaign awards.
The Wonderfuls, from Brighton, won best unsigned artist.
BT managing director Gavin Patterson-said: '2006 has been a really great year for digital music, which has helped make this year's awards even more exciting and harder to call than ever before.'
Sandi Thom, Rock School's Lil' Chris, Nate James, hip hop star Plan B and The Wonderfuls played live on the night at Camden Roundhouse in North London.
Thirteen of the 19 awards were voted for by the public, with some 500,000 people voting online. The other six were chosen by a panel of experts.
The awards will be broadcast on Channel 4 on October 21.
Last year's big winners were Gorillaz and Coldplay.