BBC Music Awards return for third year

BBC Music Awards return for third year

The BBC Music Awards are set to return for a third year to BBC One.

Taking place on Monday, December 12 at Excel London, the awards will be hosted by Fearne Cotton and Claudia Winkleman and will feature an array of live performances. Among those confirmed to perform are Michael Bublé, Chiefs, Lukas Graham, Zara Larsson, Emeli Sandé and The 1975 with more acts to be announced over the coming weeks.

Bob Shennan, director, BBC Music, said: “From Glastonbury to the BBC Proms, BBC Music has brought some of this year’s most memorable musical moments to millions of music lovers. This year’s BBC Music Awards, to be hosted by two of the UK’s best loved presenters Fearne and Claudia, will shine a light on a fantastic range of incredible artists for what’s sure to be a spectacular night of entertainment.”

The show will be broadcast live on BBC ONE and bbc.co.uk/music from 8.30-10pm with additional programming on Radio 1 and Radio 2.

The BBC Music Awards 2016 will feature five awards: BBC Music British Artist of the Year as decided by the BBC Music committee, Song of the Year voted for by members of the public and BBC Music Introducing Artist of the Year decided by the BBC Music Introducing panel.

This year will also see the addition of two new awards celebrating the best of live and recorded music - BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge Performance of the Year voted for by the Radio 1 Playlist Committeeand BBC Radio 2 Album of the Year  voted for by the Radio 2 Playlist Committee.

On the day of the Awards, Radio 2 will present the Steve Wright Show Music Awards Special between 2-5pm, with live inserts from the dress rehearsals at the ExCel London.  Radio 1 will alos cover the event from 4-7pm as Greg James broadcasts live from backstage and the Red Carpet.  Jo Wiley  will then pick on Radio 2 from 8.30-10pm.

Winkleman commented: "As the song goes, music was my first love and it will be my last. I’m honoured to help present the BBC Music Awards and am so excited to be working with the very brilliant Fearne."

Tickets are now on sale, and are priced from £42 to £62 (plus booking fee). Visit bbc.co.uk/musicawards for full details.

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