The BBC Music Awards committee have released the nominees for some of the most prestigious awards on the big night, set to take place in Birmingham on December 10.
In the category of ‘British Artist of the Year’, Adele, Ed Sheeran, Jamie xx, Florence And The Machine, Foals and Years and Years are set to go head to head, with Ed Sheeran hoping to repeat his 2014 win. From the international sector, Foo Fighters, Hozier, Major Lazer, Prince, Taylor Swift and The Weekend are first time hopefuls for ‘International Artist of the Year.’ 2014 winner Pharrell Williams did not make the 2015 cut.
A new category has been introduced this year to recognise great performances featured on BBC platforms, entitled ‘BBC Live Performance of the Year’. Up for the inaugural honour are Adele at the BBC for BBC One Special, Florence + The Machine at Glastonbury, Jeff Lynne’s ELO for Radio 2 In Concert, Lionel Richie in Glastonbury, Radio 1 Ibiza Prom for BBC Proms, and Radio 1 Xtra Prom for BBC Proms.
Set to match the outstanding array of nominees is an exceptional line up of performances, with Ellie Goulding, Faithless, Hozier, James Bay, Jess Glynne, Little Mix, OMI, One Direction, Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott, Rod Stewart and The Shires all set to make an appearance. Mumford and Sons were also due to perform, but due to conflicting tour dates were regretfully forced to back out, leaving room for another band to take their place, though no details have been released thus far.
There will be two more categories, the nominees of which are still to be revealed. These are the ‘Song of the Year’ and ‘BBC Introducing Artist’ awards. Voting for ‘Song of the Year’ opens on December 9, so keep your eyes peeled for the nominees!