Music Awards

Jenni Rivera: Revered singer

Jenni Rivera, who died in a plane crash on 9 December, was at the peak of her career as perhaps the most successful female singer in grupero, a male-dominated regional style influenced by the norteno, cumbia and ranchero styles. A 43-year-old mother of five children and grandmother of two, the woman known as the "Diva de la Banda" was known for her frank talk about her struggles to give a good life to her children despite a series of setbacks.

Football shirt couture: A sport-fashion fusion

The sports-luxe look may be all the rage on the catwalk right now, but few designers are prepared to make sport and fashion such close bedfellows as Angy Morton, whose latest range of couture gowns is made from Premier League football shirts.

Mercury Prize Sessions start 2010 with a bang

Last night marked the first of the Barclaycard Mercury Prize Sessions of 2010, with The Maccabees and The Rumble Strips playing to a packed-out studio at London’s prestigious Hospital Club.

BBC Music awards podcast: Orchestral

The fifth podcast in our series sees another nomination for international giant Sir John Eliot Gardiner with Brahms Symphony No. 1, performed by the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique and the Monteverdi Choir.

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BBC Music awards podcast: Vocal

Hosted by BBC Radio 3’s Petroc Trelawny, this series of six Classical Music podcasts -available exclusively to Independent readers - feature BBC Music Magazine Editor Oliver Condy and the Chair of the Judging Panel Helen Wallace (who is a regular commentator on BBC Radio 3 and 4) discussing the nominations for the 2009 BBC Music Magazine Awards.