National Tribute Music AwardsProvides Night of Sensational Entertainment

Wednesday 29th June saw tribute acts gather under the roof of Athena – Leicester City’s most unique setting for events-  for the 2016 National Tribute Music Awards.

The awards provided a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the wonderful tribute acts that entertain thousands of people up  and down the country all year round.

Since the inauguration of the awards in 2013, they have become quite the talking point amongst the tribute community  and  have continued to get bigger and better. This year, Champions (UK) plc were able to get involved to make the awards  the best yet, introducing new categories and providing a seamless night of celebration.

The evening started with a bang, with a performance from (almost) the King himself, A Vision of Elvis. Guests, sponsors  and winners were then treated to a night of entertainment from the host and stand-up comedian, Patrick Monahan, and a  selection of some of the many fantastic tribute acts in attendance. The acts who got on the stage to wow the crowd  included…

On the night, 11 main awards were given to the deserving winners by their generous sponsors;

Lifetime Achievement Award
Lifetime Achievement Award
Best Female Artist
Best Female Artist
Best Male Artist
Male Artist
Best Band
Best Band
Best Sound & Lighting Production
Best Sound & Lighting Production
Best Video Production
Best Video Production
Best Website
Best Website
Best Choreography
Best Choreography
Best Marketing & PR
Best Marketing & PR
Tribute Agent of the Year
Tribute Agent of the Year
Music Industry Award
Nick Tanner

Along with the winners of these 11 awards, another 30 performers were recognised as the best tribute act of their kind, rewarded with an Official UK No.1 Award.

The evening was sponsored by a variety of generous business, without whom the awards would not have been such a great success! These sponsors included; Agents Association, Grosvenor Casino, MBM, Glastonbudget, Smith Partnership, Champions Music & Entertainment, Mazars, Emmerson Press, Juice Creative, Smallman & Son Ltd, and Demand-ing Ltd.

Amongst the list of attendees was 2005 X Factor runner-up, Andy Abraham, who made a name for himself when he walked into the audition room and stunned the judges with his soulful vocals. Kieron Collins from BBC North and producer of “Stars in their Eyes”, and legendary Comedian and TV Presenter Tom O’Connor were also in attendance.

The night was also the perfect opportunity to raise valuable funds for Global’s Make Some Noise charity, an organisation that supports other brilliant charities across the UK who do fantastic work for families living with illness, disability or lack of opportunity. A speech from Smooth Radio East Midland’s presenter Gareth Evans, and Louise Whittle from Parents' Association for Seriously Ill Children (PASIC) was made on behalf of the charity during which the pair expressed their gratitude to everyone that contributed and participated in the charity game held on the night.

Natalie Ann Black (Hometown Glory)

Natalie Ann Black (Hometown Glory)

Walk Like a Man

Walk Like a Man (Jersey Boys) (Mark Halliday)

Robbie Williams (Paul Reason)

Robbie Williams (Paul Reason)

Pop Up Bowie (Paul Longland)

Pop Up Bowie (Paul Longland)

Tameka Jackson

Tameka Jackson (Barry Lucas)

The Rat Pack is Back

The Rat Pack is Back (Dave Alacey)

Sing Baby Sing (Barry Lucas)

Sing Baby Sing (Barry Lucas)

Rule The World (Matt Hall)

Rule The World (Matt Hall)

Badness

Badness (TBC)

Totally Tina

Totally Tina

Hats off to Led Zeppelin

Hats off to Led Zeppelin

A Vision of Elvis (Rob Kingsley)

A Vision of Elvis (Rob Kingsley)

Talon

talon

Soul Kinda Wonderful

Soul Kinda Wonderful

Laura Jane Butler

Laura Jane Butler

Oasish

Oasish

ABBA Revival

ABBA Revival

Elton John (Paul Bacon)

Elton John (Paul Bacon)

Cliff Richard (Jimmy Jemain)

Cliff Richard (Jimmy Jemain)

Stayin Alive

Stayin Alive

Nya King

Nya King

Rock Stewart

Rock Stewart

Cher (Tania Alboni)

Cher (Tania Alboni)

Chicago Blues Brothers

Chicago Blues Brothers

And Finally Phil Collins

And Finally Phil Collins

John Denver (Wayne Denton)

John Denver (Wayne Denton)

Dolly Parton (Kelly O'Brien)

Dolly Parton (Kelly O'Brien)

Lady GaGa (Donna Marie)

Lady GaGa (Donna Marie)

Bruno Mars (Jeff Dingle)

Bruno Mars (Jeff Dingle)

Kate Bush (Lorrie Brown)

Kate Bush (Lorrie Brown)