Birmingham singer songwriter Laura Mvula has spoken of her pride after winning an award at an event celebrating the achievements of women.
The rising star, who grew up in Selly Oak and Kings Heath, has had an incredible year, with her debut album Sing To The Moon proving to be a huge hit.
Laura, aged 27, was honoured at Red’s Hot Women Awards 2013 along with Great British Bake-Off judge Mary Berry.
She won the creative prize and said: “It’s imperative to celebrate the achievements of women.
"So far, I have relied entirely on the examples of other women, from my mum to key women in the public eye.
"I think that it is just so important that we celebrate it, and celebrate it publicly.”
It is just one accolade in an incredible year, which has seen her performing across Europe and America.
Laura performed on the main stage at Glastonbury, supported Prince, had a top ten debut album with Sing to The Moon, was named as one of Britain’s Leading Ladies in a campaign by Marks and Spencer and earned four Mobo award nominations.
Sing To The Moon, which was hailed as “a masterpiece” by critics, narrowly missed out on the Barclaycard Mercury Prize.
Baking star Berry, 78, was presented with the Rose Gray Food Pioneer Award for her culinary skills and her career in broadcasting.
The fashion award was won by Alice Temperley, the blogger category by 25-year-old Jack Monroe for A Girl Named Jack, a blog she created to document life on the breadline, and the media trophy by Sophie Turner Laing, a managing director for BSkyB.
Judges included BBC Breakfast presenter and Strictly Come Dancing star Susanna Reid and novelist and former MP Louise Mensch.
Red magazine editor-in-chief Sarah Bailey said: “We are delighted to be celebrating the achievements of some of Britain’s most powerful, talented and dynamic women.
“It is so important, in today’s challenging working world, to acknowledge the incredible skills of our country’s female talent.”