July 1, 2016 / 7:02 PM / 2 years ago

One Direction, Lionel Richie winners at Silver Clef Awards

LONDON, July 1 (Reuters) - Boy band One Direction, singer Lionel Richie and violinist Andre Rieu were among the winners at the O2 Silver Clef Awards in London on Friday, an annual event raising money for a British musical therapy charity.

Musician Lionel Richie poses on the red carpet before the Songwriters Hall of Fame ceremony in New York June 9, 2016. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz

One Direction, currently on a break, were named “Best Live Act,” the only award voted for by the public; Richie, Patti Smith, Rieu and band Massive Attack were among the other winners.

The event, which began in 1976, raises money for charity Nordoff Robbins, which uses music therapy to help children and adults.

Reporting By Francis Maguire; Writing by Marie-Louise Gumuchian

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