Radio 1 to replace Teen Awards with Lockdown Awards show

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In a special edition of Radio 1 Breakfast, BBC Radio 1 will host a Lockdown Awards show to celebrate some of the most weird and wonderful moments of 2020.

As it is not possible for Radio 1’s Teen Awards to take place this year, Radio 1 Breakfast on Thursday 26 November will be dedicated to the Radio 1 Lockdown Awards.

Lockdown Awards

Breakfast show host Greg James will be taking a look back at some of his favourite moments from the past twelve months, handpicking the nominees and eventual winners himself across a series of hotly contested categories, including Favourite Live Performance, Biggest Zoom Fail and Fitness Inspiration of the Year.

The Lockdown Awards will also feature live music highlights from over the years at Radio 1’s Teen Awards, including from One Direction, Little Mix and Camila Cabello.

For over a decade, Radio 1’s annual Teen Awards has been the ultimate event at which to celebrate the nation’s most-loved music, film, TV and sports stars. Though the ongoing pandemic means the Teen Awards could not take place as they normally would, Radio 1 could not pass up an opportunity to celebrate some of the most iconic moments from the past twelve months.

Radio 1 will also be shining a light on some of the young unsung heroes of 2020 as part of the station’s annual Teen Heroes celebrations this December.

Each year Radio 1 shines a spotlight on teenagers who have demonstrated exceptional work and dedication to helping others.

Teen Heroes of 2020

Plans for recognising the Teen Heroes of 2020 will be revealed in the coming weeks, the broadcaster said.

“I know what you’re thinking: ‘Oh great, another awards ceremony, just what we all need’. But actually, we’ve never been more reliant on nonsense to keep us going”, said host Greg James.

“It’s basically a great opportunity to re-live some of the things that have made us laugh during this pig of a year.”

Aled Haydn Jones, Head of Radio 1, said: “In what has been an incredibly tough year for us all, many young people around the UK have found themselves facing new and previously unprecedented challenges.

“Although we always look forward to the Teen Awards, we hope the Radio 1 Lockdown Awards will provide a fitting alternative this year as Greg, with a little help from the listeners, helps us reflect on the past twelve months in true Radio 1 Breakfast style.”