Calvin Harris may have been flying the flag for the men at the 2015 Glamour Awards but it was all about the ladies at the annual fashion event. Rita Ora, Kate Hudson and Kerry Washington were among the host of female celebrities honoured at the annual ceremony that celebrates extraordinary and inspirational women within fields such as entertainment, sport and politics.

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TV personality

Despite originally achieving chart fame with number one singles R.I.P and How We Do, Rita Ora branched out from the music industry in 2014, creating a successful career in television as a judge on the popular reality shows The X Factor and The Voice.

Unfortunately, the pop star couldn't attend the ceremony due to work commitments in Asia, but she seemed delighted when accepting the award via video link.

Presenters of the year

The skills of Strictly Come Dancing presenter Claudia Winkleman were rewarded on the night when she received the prestigious accolade. The mother-of-three was presented with the award by Dermot O'Leary and was said to be a "worthy winner" by Glamour magazine.

Also claiming success at the awards was presenter Tess Daly. The 46-year-old and wife of TV star Vernon Kay joined her Strictly Come Dancing co-star in receiving the recognition of her "boundless energy" and popularity within the television industry.

Cointreau solo artist

Following her recent success at the Brit Awards, singer-songwriter Ellie Goulding was the winner of the prestigious gong. She was evidently emotional as she went to collect her award and addressed boyfriend Dougie Pointer in her winner's speech, calling him "the coolest person in the world". She also took the opportunity to thank Glamour magazine for putting her on their cover, as a representative of "real women".

Ellie Goulding
Ellie Goulding was a winner on the night Leon Neal/Getty

Radio personality of the year

Former Radio 1 DJ Fearne Cotton was over the moon about her award, with Glamour describing how "her natural energy, enthusiasm and warm presenting styles made her a totally worthy winner".

Sportswoman of the year

Track and road cyclist Laura Trott, 23, put herself on the map by becoming a double gold medallist at the London 2012 Olympics. The athlete had some good advice, saying young women should "not be afraid to be ambitious".

Writer of the year

Paula Hawkins, whose debut thriller The Girl On The Train has been top of the UK bestseller charts since January.

Editor's special award

Chosen by Glamour editor Jo Elvin, up-and-coming actress Ellie Kemper got the prize for her role as Kimmy in the hit Netflix TV show Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. She was said to be delighted with her win, which was described by Elvin as "a well-earned triumph".

Inspiration award

Model and fashion icon Jourdan Dunn was another of the night's winners, thanks to her numerous successful modelling campaigns over the past year. Since 2014, the 24-year-old, British model has appeared alongside Naomi Campbell in Burberry's first campaign starring black models. She has also worked with DKNY, Balmain and Topshop.

Jourdan Dunn
Jourdan Dunn Reuters

Columnist of the year

This gong went to broadcaster and TV critic Caitlin Moran for her popular column in The Times. The writer was extremely excited to be presented with her award by Game Of Thrones star and "girl crush" Maisie Williams, admitting she "screamed so loudly, [her] agent is still partly deaf".

International TV actress of the year

Kerry Washington, the American actress and star of ABC's White House drama Scandal, was the winner of this accolade. Her screen presence has attracted a huge fan base, including designer Christian Louboutin.

UK TV actress of the year

Olivia Colman, following her role in the popular British crime drama, Broadchurch, took home the UK award.

Entrepreneur of the year

Despite rising to fame through her hugely successful career as an actress, it was Kate Hudson's entrepreneurial skills that earned her this award. The 36-year-old star of Bride Wars has recently released a line of fashionable sportswear, with the vision of creating "a
 community... a movement, to help you live fit
 and achieve your passions in life".

Designer of the year

Continuing with the fashion industry, Glamour selected Greek fashion designer Mary Katrantzou with this award. Her 2012 collection focusing on couture embroidery and oversized jewellery led to collaborations with Topshop and Swarovski.

Accessories designer of the year

Anya Hindmarch, the brilliant, Essex-born designer, took the award for impressive accessories at the ceremony. Described by Glamour as "one of the most creative forces in the fashion world", Hindmarch's style and innovation has led to appearances in 2015 London Fashion Week, and her signature handbags have been spotted on many famous figures, including as the Duchess of Cambridge and Scarlett Johansson.

Next breakthrough

Suki Waterhouse was a worthy winner of this award. The British model and actress has put her relationship with ex-boyfriend Bradley Cooper behind her to shine on the catwalk, modelling for Burberry alongside Cara Delevingne, and make her mark on the silver screen in Insurgent.

Comedy actress of the year

American star Kaley Cuoco Sweeting, best known for her role as Penny in hit comedy The Big Bang Theory, picked up this award. Following in the footsteps of Ellie Goulding, Cuoco Sweeting used her acceptance speech to thank her husband Ryan for his support, exclaiming: "You're so cute! So, so cute!"

Kaley Cuoco
Kaley Cuoco Reuters

Film actress of the year

Felicity Jones, whose memorable performance in The Theory Of Everything caught the eye of the Glamour panel, won the accolade. Despite being on-set for latest movie, Jones tuned into the ceremony to accept her award via video link, marking the success of what has been called her "biggest year to date".

Film-maker of the year

American director and screenwriter Ava DuVernay picked up Glamour's award after co-writing and directing multi-award winning film Selma. The award adds to her growing collection of accolades as a film director, including a Black Reel Award for best director regarding 2012 feature film Middle Of Nowhere.

Trailblazer of the year

Stand-up comedian Amy Schumer "had the audience in stitches" as she picked up her award after telling red carpet reporters "women are bad asses and owning it more". Schumer found a new fan in Winkleman who tweeted: "Whatever you do today, watch everything this woman has ever done. @amyschuman".

Man of the year

Finally, DJ Calvin Harris walked home with an award in the only male category of the night. Since his split with ex-girlfriend and fellow award winner Ora, Harris has continued to produce chart-topping singles, winning the award for best dance song for his single Summer at the iHeartRadio Music Awards. With the addition of his Glamour award, Harris has racked up a total of three awards and five nominations for his music so far in 2015.

Calvin Harris
DJ Calvin Harris admitted his man of the year win at the 2015 Glamour Awards was \'unexpected\' REUTERS/Danny Moloshok