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Golden Bop Awards 2020

Presenting Electric Angels’ first ever, extremely extra Golden Bop Awards.

Across 26… shall we say ‘unique’ categories, we’ll pay homage to the stellar pop music that has kept us all going in what has truly been a godawful year. And! Also raise some much-needed money for the LGBTQ+ homelessness charity, akt [the Albert Kennedy Trust].

The awards will all be decided by a public vote – and you can see who’s nominated and pick your winners right now.


For all bar one of the categories, the vote will close at 11am on Tuesday, December 22; and the results will be revealed as part of a special show on Electric Angels’ radio station on the morning of Christmas Eve.

The exception of course is the previously-announced Single Of The Year; the vote for which is already open. Those results will be revealed in a Top 40 countdown format on Monday, December 28; and the vote shuts at midday on December 27. Head here if you haven’t voted already.

The Golden Bop Awards are just a bit of fun, but they are fundraising for akt – and with the festive season approaching, and amid an ongoing brutal pandemic, their services are needed now more than ever. Listeners who tune in on December 24 will be urged to give anything they can, but if you want to, you can donate to our JustGiving appeal right now here.

akt said: “As Covid restrictions remain across the UK, akt has continued to see a high volume of young people needing support, either because they’re homeless or because their living situation at home is becoming increasingly volatile.

“We’ve seen a 118% increase in new referrals from April – August this year, compared to the same period last year. akt are dedicated to being there for these young people, offering national virtual support via Live web chat, email, and telephone.”

Full nominations list follows below. Categories with an asterisk (*) have an option for voters to add anyone they feel has been snubbed.

Single and Album of the Year
Open fields – vote for whatever you fancy

Best Solo Artist*
Dua Lipa
Harry Styles
Jessie Ware
Kylie Minogue
Lady Gaga
Megan Thee Stallion
Miley Cyrus
Rina Sawayama
Selena Gomez
Taylor Swift
The Weeknd
Tom Aspaul

Best Group*
5 Seconds of Summer
Chloe x Halle
Little Mix
Pet Shop Boys
The 1975
The Aces
The Chicks
The Mamas
The Naked and Famous
The Pussycat Dolls
The Vamps

Best UK Number One
Ariana Grande – positions
Billie Eilish – No Time To Die
Cardi B feat. Megan Thee Stallion – WAP
Joel Corry feat. MNEK – Head and Heart
Lady Gaga feat. Ariana Grande – Rain On Me
The Weeknd – Blinding Lights

Best Lead Single
Where ‘lead single’ is the first official single from a 2020 album campaign
Chloe x Halle – Do It
Dagny – Come Over
Jessie Ware – Spotlight
Kylie Minogue – Say Something
Little Mix – Break Up Song
Miley Cyrus – Midnight Sky

Best Chorus
5 Seconds of Summer – Wildflower
BTS – Dynamite
Dua Lipa – Physical
Kiesza – Crave
Lady Gaga feat. Ariana Grande – Rain On Me
Little Mix – Break Up Song

Best Ballad
Dolly Parton – When Life Is Good Again
Florrie – Hell or High Water
Grace Davies – Amsterdam
Hailee Steinfeld – Wrong Direction
Harry Styles – Falling
Sam Smith – To Die For

Best Megabanger
Aly & AJ – Joan Of Arc On The Dancefloor
Becky Hill feat. Shift K3y – Better Off Without You
Dua Lipa – Physical
Joel Corry feat. MNEK – Head And Heart
Lady Gaga feat. Ariana Grande – Rain On Me
Little Mix – Sweet Melody

Best Debut Album
Ava Max – Heaven and Hell
Dagny – Strangers/Lovers
Hayley Williams – Petals For Armor
Rina Sawayama – Sawayama
Sasha Sloan – Only Child
Tom Aspaul – Black Country Disco

Best EP, Mini-Album or Mixtape
As defined by the artist, not by a specific length/number of songs
Bree Runway – 2000and4Eva
Grace Davies – Friends With The Tragic
Lauren Aquilina – Ghost World
Raye – Euphoric Sad Songs
Troye Sivan – In A Dream
Victoria Monét – Jaguar

Best Reinvention or Comeback
Annie – first album in 11 years
Kylie Minogue – activating Disco mode
Melanie C – pivot to dance bangers
Taylor Swift – stepping away from the bops
The Chicks – first album in 14 years
The Pussycat Dolls – first single in 11 years

Best Music Video
Beyoncé, Shatta Wale and Major Laser – Already
Cardi B feat. Megan Thee Stallion – WAP
Daði Freyr – Think About Things
Harry Styles – Watermelon Sugar
Lady Gaga feat. Ariana Grande – Rain On Me
Little Mix – Sweet Melody

Best Eurobop
Artist and producer(s) must identify as being from any European nation (not UK)
Agnes – Fingers Crossed ??
Daði Freyr – Think About Things ??
Dagny – Somebody ??
Erika Vikman – Cicciolina ??
The Mamas – Move ??
Torine – Make U Cry ??

Best Underrated Bop
A song that did not chart in the UK Top 100
Call Me Loop – Strike
Foxes – Friends In The Corner
Kelly Rowland – Crazy
Romy – Lifetime
The Vamps – Married In Vegas
Zara Larsson – Love Me Land

Best Live Performance
Chloe x Halle – Ungodly Hour at the VMAs
Dua Lipa – Studio 2054
Jennifer Lopez and Shakira – Half Time Show at the Super Bowl
Kylie Minogue – Infinite Disco
Rina Sawayama – XS on Fallon
Sophie Ellis-Bextor – Kitchen Discos

Best Deep Cut
A song from a 2020 album//EP that has not yet been released as a single
Dua Lipa – Cool (from Future Nostalgia)
Katy Perry – Cry About It Later (from Smile)
Little Mix – Happiness (from Confetti)
Steps – To The Beat Of My Heart (from What The Future Holds)
Taylor Swift – august (from folklore)
Victoria Monét – Jaguar (from Jaguar)

Best Collaboration
Gabrielle Aplin feat. Nina Nesbitt – Miss You 2
Joel Corry feat. MNEK – Head and Heart
Lady Gaga feat. Ariana Grande – Rain On Me
Megan Thee Stallion feat. Beyoncé – Savage (Remix)
Rina Sawayama feat. Bree Runway – XS (Remix)
Sam Smith feat. Demi Lovato – I’m Ready

Best Lyrics
Beyonce – Black Parade (Beyoncé, Derek James Dixie, Akil King, Brittany Coney, Denisia Andrews, Kim Krysiuk, Rickie Tice, Jay-Z)
Little Mix – Sweet Melody (Tayla Parx, Oliver Frid, MNEK, Rissi, Peoples)
Raye – Natalie Don’t (Raye, John Blanda, John Hill)
Rina Sawayama – Bad Friend (Rina Sawayama, Jonny Lattimer)
Taylor Swift – cardigan (Taylor Swift, Aaron Dessner)
The 1975 – If You’re Too Shy (Let Me Know) (The 1975)

Best Production
Dua Lipa – Physical (Jason Evigan, Koz)
Lady Gaga feat. Ariana Grande – Rain On Me (BloodPop, Burns)
Miley Cyrus – Midnight Sky (Andrew Watt, Louis Bell)
Selena Gomez – Rare (Sir Nolan, Simon Says)
The Weeknd – Save Your Tears (Max Martin, Oscar Holter, The Weeknd)
Victoria Monét feat. Khalid and SG Lewis – Experience (SG Lewis)

Best Song with Sample or Interpolation
Ava Max – Kings and Queens (Bonnie Tyler, If You Were A Woman (And I Was A Man))
Cardi B feat. Megan Thee Stallion – WAP (Frank Ski, Whores In This House)
Dua Lipa – Break My Heart (INXS, Need You Tonight)
Hailee Steinfeld – I Love You’s (Annie Lennox, No More I Love You’s)
Megan Thee Stallion feat. Normani – Diamonds (Marilyn Monroe, Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend)
Miley Cyrus – Midnight Sky (Stevie Nicks, Edge of Seventeen)

Best Cover Version
Cover must have been released as a single. ‘Promotional singles’ are also allowed in this field.
Arlo Parks – Creep (originally Radiohead)
Miley Cyrus – Heart Of Glass (originally Blondie)
Rina Sawayama – Dance In The Dark (originally Lady Gaga)
Sophie Ellis-Bextor – Crying At The Discotheque (originally Alcazar)
Steps – Something In Your Eyes (originally Jenny Silver)
Tove Lo – I’m Coming (originally Veronica Maggio)

Best Song for a Movie
Billie Eilish – No Time To Die (from No Time To Die)
Demi Lovato – In The Mirror (from Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga)
Marina – About Love (from To All The Boys: PS I Still Love You)
Megan Thee Stallion feat. Normani – Diamonds (from Birds Of Prey)
SZA & Justin Timberlake – The Other Side (from TROLLS World Tour)
Will Ferrell & My Marianne – Husavik (My Hometown) (from Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga)

Best Remix
Where the gist of a ‘remix’ is essentially just adding another vocalist, those songs are considered for Best Collaboration rather than Best Remix
Britney Spears – Mood Ring (By Demand) (Pride Remix)
Dua Lipa feat. Madonna and Missy Elliott – Levitating (The Blessed Madonna Remix)
Jessie Ware – What’s Your Pleasure? (Georgia Remix)
Kesha feat. Karim Naas – Little Bit of Love ([Virtual] House Party Mix)
Little Mix – Holiday (MNEK Remix)
The Pussycat Dolls – React (Cash Cash Remix)

Best Festive Bop
Beverley Knight – A Christmas Wish
Delta Goodrem – Only Santa Knows
Kelly Clarkson – All I Want For Christmas Is You
Lil Nas X – Holiday
Mariah Carey feat. Jennifer Hudson and Ariana Grande – Oh Santa
Tegan and Sara – Make You Mine This Season

Queer Artist of the Year*
Alex Newell
Arlo Parks
Bright Light Bright Light
Emily Burns
Josef Salvat
Kim Petras
King Princess
L Devine
Lil Nas X
Neil Tennant
Phoebe Bridgers
Rina Sawayama
Sam Smith
Shea Diamond
Tom Aspaul
Troye Sivan
Victoria Monét