The BBC knew exactly whom to turn to when it decided to recreate its iconic 1930s’ microphone as a stunning trophy for its prestigious Music Awards.
It called on Zone Creations to replicate the glamorous brass AXBT microphones to be handed out to the award-winners by Chris Evans and Fearne Cotton at this inaugural event held in London in December.
Zone Creations’ brief was to design and manufacture a life-sized replica set on a plinth that allowed space to engrave the names of the winners, who included Ed Sheeran as British Artist of the Year.
So Zone Creations carried out a design and survey of the original (see B&W picture below) in order to meet the BBC’s commission,
The trophy’s solid brass base was foundry-cast to create a tiered plinth, which was then highly machined and polished.
The top section was all fabricated from sheet brass, formed and hand-crafted to shape using traditional techniques and silver-soldered joints. All the detailed knobs and brackets were milled and turned.
One of the biggest winners to pick up Zone’s trophy on the night was Pharrell Williams (pictured below right). The US producer-songwriter was named best international artist and won song of the year for his single Happy. Pharrell, who was unable to attend as he was filming the US version of the talent show The Voice, joined the awards ceremony via satellite.
The BBC Music Awards – a spectacular celebration of the best in popular music from the last 12 months – took place live in front of an audience of 13,500 people at London’s Earls Court and was also broadcast to millions more across the country in a unique joint broadcast on BBC One, Radio 1, Radio 2 and at bbc.co.uk/music.