Hackney band Rudimental and Croydon BRIT School’s Ella Eyre scooped the British Single award at the BRIT Awards 2014 last night.
The drum and bass band won the award for their number one single Waiting All Night, featuring Ella Eyre, who was also nominated for the Critics Choice award.
At a press conference after the win band member DJ Locksmith said: “It’s a complete honour to be here, let alone win an award and perform.”
He added: “We laid our careers on the line with Waiting All Night and it got us through to where we are now so that’s why it’s such a special track for us.”
Eyre, who attended the world-renowned BRIT School for Performing Arts and Technology in Croydon, provided the vocals on the winning track Waiting All Night, tweeted: “I can 100% say this is the best day of my life.”
Rudimental also took to Twitter to express their excitement: “Just wanna thank our fans and our followers for sticking with us right from the start #soproud”
Fellow artist Chloe Howl was also nominated in Eyre’s category, but it was singer-songwriter Sam Smith who took home the award for Critics Choice.
Rudimental also received a nomination for MasterCard British Album of the Year award, but lost out to Arctic Monkeys with their album AM.
Three of the group’s members grew up in Hackney, and the band remain true to their roots, having performed their second ever show at the popular music festival BBC Radio 1’s Hackney Music Festival in 2012.