The shortlists for the BBC Music Awards, which have been announced, include Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith, Prince and Dolly Parton
The shortlists for the inaugural BBC Music Awards have just been announced.
Competing for the title of British Artist of the Year are David Bowie, Ed Sheeran, Elbow, Jungle, Royal Blood and Sam Smith.
The nominees for International Artist of the Year are Dolly Parton, Gregory Porter, Lorde, Pharrell, Prince and Taylor Swift.
The awards were launched as a rival to the Brits, and billed as the music version of Sports Personality of the Year, but there are only three categories: British Artist of the Year, International Artist of the Year and Song of the Year.
The winner will be announced before a live audience at Earl’s court in London on December 11, and the show – hosted by DJs Chris Evans and Fearne Cotton – will be broadcast on BBC One and Radios One and Two. Performances by some of the nominees will be complemented with appearances from One Direction, Clean Bandit, Coldplay and Paloma Faith.