2021 may have been a tumultuous year for many, but there’s still a lot to celebrate in the fantastical world of showbiz.
We’ve singled out our champions to honour in our Biz On Sunday annual awards.
Trailblazer Of The Year
CHARLI XCX isn’t even 30 yet but is already a successful global pop star – and has netted £7million.
The singer-songwriter is ready for a cracking 2022 as she gears up to release her fifth album, Crash, and kick off a live UK tour.
Cambridge-born Charli – real name Charlotte Aitchison – is smart, sexy and inspirational. She has refused to conform to mainstream trends and stayed true to what excites her musically.
Teasing her new record earlier this year, she said: “New music is coming. It’s very good, it is very pop. It feels like the Charli ultra-pop star, all-out, sell your soul kind of version of myself. I feel like I have unlocked this kind of ultimate top-tier level of myself and it is fun to get to know her.”
We’ll get our dancing shoes ready.
Crooner Of The Year
THE unassuming megastar and best-selling artist behind history’s highest-grossing live tour, Ed Sheeran easily earned this title from us.
The flame-haired singer released his highly anticipated fourth album, Equals, which shot to No1 around the world and delivered superb songwriting, particularly in the form of Bad Habits and Shivers.
Since becoming a dad to daughter Lyra last year the singer has lost weight and focused on his well-being.
BRITNEY SPEARS finally broke free from her controversial 13-year conservatorship, which gave control of most of her life choices to her father Jamie.
The pop princess, now finally able to access her £45million fortune, is planning new music and wants to try for a baby with her boyfriend personal trainer Sam Asghari.
Speaking about breaking free from her guardianship last month she said: “I’m just grateful, honestly, for each day.”
Songwriter Of The Year
WE waited six years for Adele to release her “divorce album” and the Queen of the heartbreak ballad didn’t disappoint.
Of course, it went straight to No1 across the globe thanks to her searingly honest lyrics that cut right to the core documenting her painful split from charity boss Simon Konecki and the bewilderment that followed as she attempted to rebuild herself.
Tear-jerker My Little Love, addressed to her son, I Drink Wine and Cry Your Heart Out are stand-out moments on the record.
Best TV show
THERE was romance, bromance, tears, tantrums, banter and lots of drama and we lapped up every saucy second of Love Island's sixth year.
Winners Liam Reardon and Millie Court are still smitten and the relationships between runner-up couples Chloe Burrows and Toby Aromolaran and Faye Winter and Teddy Soares are still going strong four months after the show ended.
Walk-outs and cinema night, where islanders re-watched footage caused fireworks.
Judge Of The Year
TWO-time Strictly Come Dancing champion Oti Mabuse has become a fan favourite since joining the ranks of the show’s profesional dancers six years ago.
The super-positive South African has already been a judge on Simon Cowell's The Greatest Dancer and guested on the panel for ITV’s Masked Dancer.
Now Oti – sister of Strictly judge Motsi– is heading to Dancing On Ice next month after The Sun on Sunday revealed she would be the show’s fourth judge.
We can’t wait to see Oti sparkle in her new role.
Hottest Showbiz Couple
WE’VE watched loveable rogue Jamie Laing wine and dine many women over his decade-long stint on Made In Chelsea, but we’re glad he finally met his match in Sophie Habboo.
The couple started dating two years ago and now the cheeky biscuit heir keeps fans updated on his high jinks with Habbs through social media and a joint podcast, from spats and giggles to practical jokes.
Now the lovebirds are set to tie the knot after Jamie popped the question this week.
Hope we get an invite!
Hero Of The Year
MAN United ace Marcus Rashford scored an MBE for his battle against child poverty and teamed up with TV chef Tom Kerridge to provide 250,000 meals to families in need this festive period.
The Sun-backed drive has seen the duo create a Christmas dinner recipe costing just £10 in Healthy Start vouchers. Cost is kept down as the charity saves unsold food from the bins.
Marcus said: “I want children to wake up on Christmas morning without wondering where their next meal is coming from.”
Guilty TV Pleasure
MICHAEL McIntyre’s zany BBC1 game show The Wheel returned for a second series, bringing laughter just when we needed it.
With its catchy theme tune, rapid rounds, high stakes and eclectic mix of celebrities it’s easy to get sucked in.
Michael is at his best as host.
Last week’s episode saw the celeb guests help one contestant scoop a whopping £92,0000, which meant he could help his key worker mum kick back on her workload.
What’s not to love?
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