BBC Music Awards 2014: Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith go head to head to become ‘British Artist of the Year’

by Martin
Fearne Cotton & Chris Evans will host the BBC Music Awards (© BBC: Ray Burmiston)
Fearne Cotton & Chris Evans will host the BBC Music Awards (© BBC: Ray Burmiston)

Fearne Cotton & Chris Evans will host the BBC Music Awards (© BBC: Ray Burmiston)

Both Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith are probably still getting used to the idea that they’ve been nominated – as a nod to their hard work and determination within the music industry – at the 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards.

However, in other news, for the first time ever, the BBC Music Awards will take place on the 11th of December and the pair will be going head to head for the big one.

The BBC Music Awards was recently confirmed after a special video performance aired to celebrate the launch of BBC Music (which you can see at the bottom of this page).

The event itself will be held live in front of around 13,500 people at London’s Earls Court, and fans will be treated to a number of performances throughout the ceremony.

 

The BBC Music Award - (© BBC: Kieron McCarron)

The BBC Music Award – (© BBC: Kieron McCarron)

And as mentioned above, Smith and Sheeran will be competing to be crowned the first ever ‘British Artist of the Year’ this coming Thursday. Also shortlisted are Elbow, Jungle, Royal Blood and David Bowie, all of whom will no doubt be hoping that they can pick up the win.

As for international performers, both Taylor Swift and Dolly Parton are nominated for ‘Best International Artist’.

Meanwhile, Gregory Porter, Lorde, Pharrell Williams and Prince have also been nominated in that category, for which the winners are to be decided by a BBC Music panel which includes leading music journalists.

The BBC Music Awards will be broadcast on BBC One, Radio 1, Radio 2 and online, and the list of performers on the night include Paloma Faith, One Direction, Coldplay, Calvin Harris and more!

One Direction will perform at the BBC Music Award (© Syco Music)

One Direction will perform at the BBC Music Award (© Syco Music)

Catfish and the Bottlemen and the BBC Concert Orchestra will also be taking to the stage with a few collaborations and appearances that you won’t expect to see on the night.

Commenting on the awards, the director of BBC Music, Bob Shennan, said: “The BBC Music Awards exist to celebrate the past 12 months in music.

“The shortlists feature an amazing range of hugely talented artists. Each and every one has made a unique mark on the music industry.

“They have experienced phenomenal success and it’s wonderful to see new acts featuring alongside some of the biggest names in the business.”

Make sure you don’t miss out on the first-ever BBC Music Awards which will take place on Thursday the 11th of November. Check out the promotional video for the ceremony below.

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