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Zara Larsson and Adam Lambert talk braces, ‘The X Factor’ and new music on the red carpet at BBC Music Awards


The BBC Music Awards was a star-studded event this year with attendees including The 1975, Zara Larsson and Adam Lambert.  

You would did at the level of glamour and fabulousness but were going to show you anyway so steel yourself.

Soooo sparkly.

The fantabulous Jonas Blue turned up and we were *this* close to stealing his jacket…

Adam Lambert was the dish we all knew he was. Obviously…

We also had a chat with some of your fave stars on the red carpet:

Adam Lambert

How was performing on ‘The X Factor on Saturday?

It was so much fun. Saara is exactly as you see her on camera. She’s sweet and genuine and down to earth. We had such a lovely time together.

Were you disappointed she didn’t win?

The way I look at it, if you make it to the final you’ve kinda won in a way. I was the runner up when I was on idol. You get to the end of a show like that, you’ve sung every week, you get to show the world what you’re capable of, you’ve gained a bunch of fans. There’s really no losing.

Are you working on new projects?

I’ve started writing. I’ve done some stuff here in London. Some demos. And I’m gonna keep writing when I get back to L.A. I have good ideas brewing. It’s like sketches that come to life.

What’s the best thing that’s happened to you in 2016?

I got to do my own tour of ‘The Original High’. I was really proud of putting that together. I worked really hard and was really involved in the creation of it.

Three words to describe 2016?

Surprising. Rewarding. PARTY!

On performing with Queen’s Brian May:

I spoke to Brian last night and he’s in great spirits. He’s so excited for potentially doing some more performances next year. I can’t really say much more than that but he’s in a great place.

What plans do you have for Christmas? 

I’m going to go home and just chill the hell out. I’ve worked hard all year, touring and travelling. I just want to chill with friends and family and absorb 2016 ‘cos it was kinda crazy, wasn’t it?

Zara Larsson

Of all the ‘X Factor’ contestants this year who would you like to duet with? 

I would say Saara, just because she’s a fellow Scandinavian. I loved her performance of ‘The Winner Takes It All’.

Who is your fave performer out of Selena, Ariana and Miley? 

That’s tricky. I like all of them. I think they are amazing performers and artists, but Miley is the only one I’ve seen live.  It was incredible. It was almost as if you forget what a talented performer she is. When you just sit back and listen to her voice it’s crazy good.

But of course we all know that Ariana’s vocals are just as good as the single version. And I adore Selena’s songs.

On future collabs:

All the collabs I’ve been doing are with guys so I would love to do something girl power.

Zara is sporting a rather fabulous bedazzled brace. 

How is it being a pop star and wearing braces? 

You gotta change it every six weeks. I haven’t really been doing that because I haven’t really been home. It’s a little painful when you tighten it. It doesn’t affect my singing at all though.

It’s kinda fabulous.

Thank you! The rubber band are getting a little yellow so I’ll have to change ’em in three days.

What do you think of your sister’s pop duo, Hanna and Andrea? 

Yeah she does her own thing. The music is of course really different to mine, and she’s always in the dance studio, but I support everything my sister does.

What do you do to keep fit? 

Absolutely nothing haha. As a kid I had really bad acne actually, but my sister had such clear skin!

We interviewed Zara’s sister’s group and you can listen to their debut single here

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Here’s a list of all the winners at BBC Music Awards:

BBC Music Introducing Artist of the Year

  • Izzy Bizu

BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge Performance of the Year

  • Christine and the Queens performing ‘Sorry’ (Beyoncé cover)
  • Craig David performing ‘Love Yourself’ (Justin Bieber cover)
  • Emeli Sandé performing ‘Hurts’
  • The 1975 Live Lounge Symphony performing ‘What Makes You Beautiful’ (One Direction cover)
  • Usher performing ‘Climax’

BBC Music British Artist of the Year

  • Adele
  • Calvin Harris
  • Coldplay
  • David Bowie
  • Jess Glynne

BBC Radio 2 Album Of The Year

  • Adele – 25
  • Coldplay – A Head Full of Dreams
  • Jeff Lynne’s ELO – Alone in the Universe
  • Michael Kiwanuka – Love & Hate
  • Rick Astley – 50

Song of the Year

  • Adele – Hello
  • Alessia Cara – Here
  • Coldplay – Hymn for the Weekend
  • DNCE – Cake By the Ocean
  • Drake ft. Kyla and Wizkid – One Dance
  • Justin Bieber – Sorry
  • Justin Timberlake – Can’t Stop the Feeling!
  • Lukas Graham – 7 Years
  • Naughty Boy ft. Beyoncé, Arrow Benjamin – Runnin’ (Lose It All)
  • Rihanna ft. Drake – Work

That was LIT. Let us know what you think of the winners and Zara and Adam using the comments box below.

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