Adele will wrap her world tour supporting 25 with four nights at London's Wembley Stadium.
Otherwise, Coldplay won the the coveted British Artist of the Year, but the band was also not present to accept the award.
“We just got told about winning this beautiful BBC Artist of the Year award. Sorry we’re not there, we are about to go on stage in Australia," they said in a video message. "Look at all those people and we love you and we are so grateful and we’ll see you so soon. Thank you so much and goodbye.”
British singer-songwriter Izzy Bizu also received BBC's Introducing Artist of the Year award, which was previously awarded to Jack Garratt in 2015 and Catfish and the Bottlemen in 2014.
The BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge Performance of the Year was given to The 1975 for their hauntingly orchestrated cover of One Direction's 'What Makes You Beautiful."
“I want to thank Radio 1 for everything basically,” said lead singer Matty Healy on stage. “They’ve been intrinsic in our success with the Live Lounge.”
See the full list of winners below (winners in bold).
BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge Performance Of The Year
Christine and the Queens – ‘Sorry’ (Beyoncé cover)
Craig David – ‘Love Yourself’ (Justin Bieber cover)
Emeli Sandé -‘Hurts’
The 1975 + Live Lounge Symphony – ‘What Makes You Beautiful’ (One Direction cover)
Usher – ‘Climax’
BBC Music British Artist of the Year
BBC Radio 2 Album Of The Year
Adele – 25
Coldplay – A Head Full of Dreams
Jeff Lynne’s ELO – Alone in the Universe
Michael Kiwanuka – Love & Hate
Rick Astley – 50
BBC Music Awards 2016 Song of the Year
Adele – Hello
Alessia Cara – Here
Coldplay – Hymn for the Weekend
DNCE – Cake By the Ocean
Drake ft. Kyla and Wizkid – One Dance
Justin Bieber – Sorry
Justin Timberlake – Can’t Stop the Feeling!
Lukas Graham – 7 Years
Naughty Boy ft. Beyoncé, Arrow Benjamin – Runnin’ (Lose It All)
Rihanna ft. Drake – Work
BBC Music Introducing Artist of the Year