Minogue takes two at digital awards

Minogue takes two at digital awards

Kylie Minogue has won two gongs at the BT Digital Awards, while Radiohead were named artists of the year.

Kylie was awarded best pop artist and best innovation for the site Kylie Konnect (kyliekonnect.com), where fans can create their own profile on the site dedicated to the pop princess.

Coldplay won best rock/indie artist and best official music website for Coldplay.com.

And Radiohead beat Leona Lewis, Bloc Party, Coldplay and Kylie to be crowned artists of the year.

In October 2007 the band invited fans to decide how much they wanted to pay to download their new album.

The celebration of digital music took place at the Roundhouse in London’s Camden.

This year saw the band launch single Violet Hill on their website as a free download for six hours on the day of launch.

Matthew Dearden, marketing director BT consumer, said: “The music industry is continuing to evolve, with artists and record companies seeking new ways to communicate with fans digitally.

“The BT Digital Music Awards recognises the artists and those in the industry, both established and up and coming, who are delivering the best in cutting-edge digital music entertainment.”

Hadouken! scooped best electronic artist/DJ and Wiley was named best urban artist after impressing the judges with the digital promotion for his single Wearing my Rolex.

Other winners last night were The Zutons for best video podcast, Vampire Weekend for best breakthrough artist, Hospital Records’ London Elektricity for best audio podcast for another year running and The Camden Crawl 2008 for best mobile campaign.

During the crawl, fans were updated with live text recommendations of venues to visit through the night.

A site created by Oasis fan Louise Davies took best music blog and features spoof videos of actor Stevie Riks playing Liam and Noel Gallagher.

The award was one of three “people’s choice” categories voted for solely by fans.

Best music hardware was awarded to the Gibson “robot” guitar, with Peter Gabriel’s free and legal download service We7 taking best digital service.

There were 20 awards presented on the night, 13 of which were voted for by music fans via www.bt.com/dma and seven by a panel of experts.

The evening included performances from Sugababes and British Sea Power.

A special awards show will be presented by Fearne Cotton and Rufus Hound on ITV2 on Saturday at 11.15pm.

Here are the winners of the BT Digital Awards 2008:

:: Best pop artist in association with More magazine

Kylie Minogue

:: Best rock/indie artist

Coldplay

:: Best urban artist in association with Fused

Wiley

:: Best electronic artist or DJ in association with Flux Magazine

Hadouken!

:: Best podcast – audio podcast

Hospital Records podcast

:: Best podcast – video podcast

The Zutons podcast

:: Best radio station in association with Entertainment News

Planet Rock

:: Best music store in association with Shiny Shiny

iTunes

:: Best music magazine

NME.com

:: Best music community

Download Festival Community

:: Best artist promotion

Dylan Messenger – Bob Dylan album promotion

:: Best digital service in association with BT Total Broadband

We7

:: Best mobile campaign

Red Stripe Camden Crawl 2008

:: Breakthrough artist of the year

Vampire Weekend

:: Artist of the year

Radiohead

:: Best innovation

Kylie Konnect (kyliekonnect.com)

:: Best music hardware in association with Stuff

Gibson “robot” guitar

The people’s choice awards:

:: Best music blog

StopCryingYourHeartOutnews.blogspot.com – latest Oasis news

:: Best unofficial music site

AvrilBandAids.com – Avril Lavigne fansite, Canada

:: Best official music site

Coldplay.com

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