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Adele Roberts and Annie Mac take top gongs at the Audio and Radio Industry Awards

BBC Radio 1 presenter Adele Roberts and DJ Annie Mac were among the top gong winners at the Audio and Radio Industry Awards (Arias).

The awards ceremony returned to an in-person ceremony at the Adelphi Theater in the West End on Tuesday, hosted by TV and radio star Rylan Clark.

Roberts won the Radio Times’ publicly voted Moment of the Year award for her emotional return to the Radio 1 airwaves following her colon cancer announcement in October.

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Annie Mac won the gong for Best Music Entertainment Show for her recent Radio 1 Dance Party (Ian West/PA)

After undergoing surgery, the 43-year-old praised the NHS and heartily thanked everyone who had supported her and sent their well wishes.

Broadcaster and DJ Mac picked up the gong of best music entertainment show for their final Radio 1 Dance Party show after 17 years with the broadcaster.

BBC radio presenter Janice Long was also honored with the first pioneer award after her death on Christmas Day at the age of 66.

Music figures have dubbed her a “pioneer” as she was the first woman to have her own daily show on Radio 1 and the first regular female presenter on Top Of The Pops.

After Radio 2’s Zoe Ball presented the award to her family, the ceremony paid tribute to her with a video featuring music stars including Elvis Costello, Gary Numan, Fran Healy, Toyah Willcox and Jim Kerr.

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Janice Long was posthumously awarded the first Pioneer Prize after her death last year (Danny Lawson/PA)

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The BBC won a total of 12 gold awards, with Radio 4 taking first place in six categories.

Winners include Best Coverage for Today Program and Best Speaker for Woman’s Hour’s Emma Barnett, with the show also receiving the Impact Award for her contribution entitled Trafficked In Plain Sight.

However, it was Hits Radio that took home the Network of the Year award.

Absolute Radio’s Dave Berry Breakfast Show also trumped BBC Radio 1’s Greg James for the title of Best Music Breakfast Show.

Soul singer Heather Small also performed during the ceremony.

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Rylan Clark arrives for the Audio and Radio Industry Awards (Ian West/PA)

Clark told the PA news agency he was “honoured” to host.

He said: “It’s the first personal Arias in over two years, so we’re all really looking forward to being in the same room together again.

“The last time I was here it was nice to be a guest and to be nominated for Radio 2 so I’m looking forward to taking charge tonight.”

Clark will also be one of the presenters of the BBC’s Eurovision coverage ahead of this month’s Song Contest final in Turin, Italy.

He told PA he believes Britain have a “brilliant chance” to win this year, adding: “You just have to look and listen to Sam Ryder, he’s great and we’re looking forward to going to Turin and Britain are ready to go.”

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