A Look Back at The 2018 National Tribute Music Awards
Held each year at the beautiful Athena, Leicester, the National Tribute Music Awards are the benchmark of tribute music excellence. Bringing together many of the most notable names in the tribute industry, the 2018 award ceremony made for a wonderful evening filled with incredible musical entertainment.
Recognising the outstanding achievements of the tribute acts it celebrates, the 2018 National Tribute Music Awards crowned its winners across 14 award categories and saw a string of talented tribute acts grace its stages.
The event’s Best Band category featured a number of talented bands as the award nominees. This year, the star-studded line up included the likes of Green Date, Oye Santana, the Black Eyed Peaz, MacBusted and Hats Off to Led Zeppelin. It was David Bowie tribute band, Absolute Bowie, however, who went home with the coveted prize. In doing so, the band received valuable recognition for their magnificent contribution to the tribute industry.
Featuring an array of talented nominees, the Best Female category featured the likes of J’ADELE, Donna Marie as Lady Gaga, Ultimate Jess Glynn, Nya King’s Whitney Houston Experience and Rogue Minogue. Donna Marie’s Lady Gaga tribute act eventually emerged triumphant, having beaten tough competition along the way.
The National Tribute Music Awards’ Best Look-Alike category recognises the country’s best look-alikes and photo doubles. This year, the category saw the appearance of Jodie Jackson as Miss Madonna, Charley Toulon as Marilyn Monroe, Andy Monk as Simon Cowell, Paula Swan Sully as Paloma Faith, Ultimate Coldplay’s David Jenkins as Chris Martin, Stacy Green as Annie Lennox and Graham as Jeremy Corbyn. In the end, it was Andy Monk’s Simon Cowell act that proved to be victorious.
David Largie’s Barry White, Buzz D’Angelo’s James Brown and Prince, Paul Reason’s Robbie Williams, Jeff Dingle’s Bruno Mars and Jimmy Jermain’s Cliff Richard faced off to win the Best Male award. Delivering an incredible performance on the evening, Jeff Dingle’s tribute to Bruno Mars saw him take home the prize.
Throughout the evening, a number of talented tribute performers took to the stage. Blowing the audience away with their energetic performances, the event saw performances from the likes of Little Fix, Rogue Minogue, Ultimate Jess Glynn and many more.
The National Tribute Music Awards also honoured the talent and versatility of the country’s best multi-tribute acts, which included the likes of Julia Martin as Shirley Bassey/Celine Dion and Badness as Madness/Show Waddy Waddy. Having impressed fans of the soul and funk genres, it was Buzz D’Angelo’s James Brown/Prince tribute act that received the sought-after award.
The evening celebrated the work of several other tribute acts, which included wins for The Lionel Richie Songbook (Best Newcomer), Mark Summer’s Elvis Legacy (Best Video Production), Totally Tina (Best Sound and Lighting), Talon’s The Best of the Eagles (Best Theatre Tour and Best Marketing/PR), Warners Hotels & Leisure (Venue of the Year), Valcato Group (Agent of the Year), Kieran Collins (Music Industry Award) and ELO Experience (Lifetime Achievement Award).
Having honoured an all-star line-up of the country’s best-loved tribute performers, the 2018 edition of the National Tribute Music Awards proved to be the best one yet. With such an incredible array of talented acts to choose from, the event continues to prove that the tribute industry is stronger than ever before.