Singer Lulu has described how the deaths of world-renowned music stars this year is “making way” for new artists.
Her comments came at the BBC Music Awards, where she joined stars such as John Legend and Craig David on the red carpet.
Sharing her views on the music world of 2016, the 68-year-old told the Press Association: “Of course the sad thing was that David Bowie didn’t get nominated, but he has left us a great legacy.
“There has been great sadness but you’ve got to go to make way for new folk.”
Other artists were also quick to pay tribute to musicians that have passed away this year.
Former X Factor runner-up Rebecca Ferguson said: “It’s really sad there have been a lot of legends that have passed this year, but I think artists should be inspired by what they did.
“People like Bowie and Prince were innovators, they were very forward-thinking and they created visual art as well as music.
“I think artists should be thinking at that level to break boxes and create new ways to make music.
“I haven’t seen that creativity on that scale this year, if I’m being honest, of people recording videos and other things out of the norm.”
Speaking about her own plans, the Freedom singer added: “Next year I want to try and break out of the X Factor box a little bit and start to be a lot more adventurous – and I hope that other artists will want to do the same.”
BBC Radio 2 presenter Jo Whiley described the loss of artists this year as “dreadful” and Fearne Cotton, hosting the awards, said it was “bittersweet”.