Nominees for British Artist of the Year, International Artist of the Year and BBC Live Performance of the Year have been revealed ahead of the second annual BBC Music Awards, which take place on December 10 in Birmingham.
Adele, Ed Sheeran, Jamie xx, Florence And The Machine, Foals and Years and Years have been nominated for British Artist of the Year, a category that may see Ed Sheeran double up, after he took home the first ever British Artist of the Year BBC Award in 2014.
International Artist of the Year will see a new winner, with last year’s victor Pharrell not in the running. This year’s nominees are Foo Fighters, Hozier, Major Lazer, Prince, Taylor Swift and The Weeknd.
The BBC Live Performance of the Year is only open to performances that featured on BBC platforms, with the following nominees:
Adele at the BBC; BBC One Special
Florence + The Machine; Glastonbury
Jeff Lynne’s ELO; Radio 2 In Concert
Lionel Richie; Glastonbury
Radio 1 Ibiza Prom; BBC Proms
Radio 1 Xtra Prom; BBC Proms
2014 also saw wins for Pharrell Williams for his single ‘Happy’ (Song of the Year). The BBC Live Performance of the Year category is new for 2015.
The awards will be broadcast on BBC One, Radio One, Radio Two and online, with performances on the night at Birmingham’s Genting Arena coming from Ellie Goulding, Faithless, Hozier, James Bay, Jess Glynne, Little Mix, Mumford and Sons, OMI, One Direction, Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott, Rod Stewart and The Shires plus BBC Introducing Artist of the Year Jack Garratt.
The awards will also feature two more categories, the Song of the Year voted for by members of the public, and a special award for a BBC Introducing artist. Voting for Song of the Year will take place on December 9, with the BBC to reveal further details next week.
BBC Radio 2 and 6Music controller Bob Shennan said: “What a year it¹s been for music. Our shortlists represent the artists who have created some of the biggest and most impactful music moments of the year. I’m looking forward to the big unveiling in Birmingham next week.”
Aside from the Song of the Year’s public vote, awards winners will be decided by a BBC Music panel.
This article was first featured on nme.com
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