BBC Music Awards

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BBC Music Awards
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BBC Music Awards 2014
Awarded forBest in popular music from the last 12 months
CountryUnited Kingdom
Presented by BBC Music
Hosted by
First awarded11 December 2014;4 years ago (2014-12-11)
Last awarded8 December 2017;18 months ago (2017-12-08)
Website BBC Music Awards
Television/radio coverage
Runtime120 minutes (2014–15)
90 minutes (2016)
60 minutes (2017)
Produced by
  • Guy Freeman (executive)
  • Cerrie Frost
  • Helen Riddell
  • Daniel Brookes

The BBC Music Awards are the BBC's annual pop music awards, held every December, as a celebration of the musical achievements over the past twelve months. The event is coordinated by the BBC's music division, BBC Music. An awards ceremony took place for the first three years which were broadcast live on BBC One.

The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) is a British public service broadcaster. Its headquarters are at Broadcasting House in Westminster, London, and it is the world's oldest national broadcasting organisation and the largest broadcaster in the world by number of employees. It employs over 20,950 staff in total, 16,672 of whom are in public sector broadcasting. The total number of staff is 35,402 when part-time, flexible, and fixed-contract staff are included.

BBC Music

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BBC One is the first and principal television channel of the British Broadcasting Corporation in the United Kingdom, Isle of Man and Channel Islands. It was launched on 2 November 1936 as the BBC Television Service, and was the world's first regular television service with a high level of image resolution. It was renamed BBC TV in 1960, using this name until the launch of the second BBC channel BBC2 in 1964, whereupon the BBC TV channel became known as BBC1, with the current spelling adopted in 1997.




The inaugural BBC Music Awards was held on 11 December 2014, broadcast live simultaneously across BBC One, BBC Radio 1 and BBC Radio 2. It was held at London's Earl's Court and presented by BBC Radio's Chris Evans and Fearne Cotton. [1]

BBC Radio 1 British national radio station

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BBC Radio 2 British national radio station

BBC Radio 2 is one of the BBC's two flagship national radio stations and the most popular station in the United Kingdom with over 15 million weekly listeners. Much of its daytime playlist-based programming is adult contemporary or AOR, although the station also broadcasts other specialist musical genres. Radio 2 broadcasts throughout the UK on FM between 88.1 and 90.2 MHz from studios in Wogan House, adjacent to Broadcasting House in central London. Programmes are relayed on digital radio via DAB, Sky, Cable TV, IPTV, Freeview, Freesat and the Internet.

Earls Court Exhibition Centre exhibition, conference and events venue in London, England

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Artists who performed during the first awards ceremony included One Direction, from The Black Eyed Peas and The Voice UK , George Ezra, Take That, Labrinth, Ella Henderson and Catfish and the Bottlemen. [2] [3] [4]

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An average audience of 3.9 million watched the ceremony live on BBC One, with a peak audience of 4.7 million at 21:00 GMT. [5]


The second BBC Music Awards took place on 10 December 2015. In 2015, the award for Best Live Performance was introduced, given to an artist who delivered a "stand out live moment" on the BBC. [6] It was held in Birmingham at the Genting Arena. [7]

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The third BBC Music Awards was announced on 28 October, stating it would take place on 12 December. It took place in London at ExCeL London. Two new awards were introduced, the BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge Performance of the Year award and the BBC Radio 2 Album of the Year award. [8]

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ExCeL London Exhibitions and international convention centre in the London Borough of Newham

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On 21 November 2017, the BBC announced that the fourth BBC Music Awards would be scaled-back with no awards ceremony held. The awards were included as part of The Year In Music 2017, a new studio-based BBC Two programme hosted by Claudia Winkleman and Clara Amfo on 8 December. [9] The winners were:

List of ceremonies

YearDateVenueBroadcast BBC Music Introducing Artist of the Year Hosts
2014 11 December Earls Court Exhibition Centre BBC One
BBC Radio 1
BBC Radio 2
Catfish and the Bottlemen Fearne Cotton Chris Evans
2015 10 December Genting Arena Jack Garratt
2016 12 December ExCeL London Izzy Bizu Claudia Winkleman
20178 DecemberNo awards ceremony BBC Two Declan McKenna Clara Amfo


YearPerformers (chronologically)
2014 Coldplay, Labrinth, Ella Henderson, Clean Bandit, Love Ssega, Jess Glynne, George Ezra, Gregory Porter, One Direction, Ed Sheeran, Calvin Harris, John Newman, Ellie Goulding, Catfish and the Bottlemen, Paloma Faith, Sigma, Take That,, Cody Wise, Tom Jones and the BBC Concert Orchestra
2015 One Direction, Ellie Goulding, Stereophonics, Hozier, Little Mix, Omi, Jess Glynne, James Bay, Jack Garratt, The Shires, Paul Heaton, Jacqui Abbott, Years and Years, Faithless and Rod Stewart
2016 The 1975, Lukas Graham, Emeli Sandé, Coldplay, John Legend, Izzy Bizu, Kaiser Chiefs, Craig David, Zara Larsson and Robbie Williams [10]

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