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BBC Music Awards happening again this year, despite everything

By | Published on Friday 28 October 2016

Michael Buble

In honour of all the music greats that have died this year, you’d think the BBC could have killed off its entirely pointless music awards ceremony. But no, it’s happening again. Oh Lord, when will it end? Will you agree to axe it if both McCartney and Jagger kick the bucket this side of Christmas?

The third annual excuse for BBC execs to hang out with super cool popstars will take place at London’s ExCeL venue on 12 Dec. It’ll be presented by Fearne Cotton and Claudia Winkleman, and if that weren’t bad enough, there will be performances from Michael Bublé, Kaiser Chiefs, Lukas Graham, Zara Larsson, Emeli Sandé and The 1975.

“From Glastonbury to the BBC Proms, BBC Music has brought some of this year’s most memorable musical moments to millions of music lovers”, says BBC Music director Bob Shennan. “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”.

Yeah, sure. He makes it sound like the event will recognise a diverse range of artists from across BBC Radio’s broad musical spectrum, when in fact it’ll likely just give gongs to artists already drowning in awards. Last year, you may remember, Adele received two of the prizes, Taylor Swift got another, ‘Take Me To Church’ by Hozier was deemed the song of the year, and Jack Garrett was named the new artist to watch out for in 2016, like every other fucking award for artists to watch out for in 2016.

This year they’re rejigging things a bit, ditching the International Artist Of The Year and BBC Live Performance Of The Year prizes. In their place will be BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge Performance Of The Year and BBC Radio 2 Album Of The Year. Which I guess could boost the musical diversity a little. Except I’m going to assume the latter is being given to Michael Bublé in order to get him to turn up, given that they failed to follow the BRITs’ lead in booking him as host.

The remaining awards are British Artist Of The Year, Song Of The Year and BBC Music Introducing Artist Of The Year, all of which will be presented at a show broadcast live on BBC One, with some stuff also thrown up on Radio 1 and Radio 2. At the end of it all, everyone will be thoroughly confused about what exactly the point of the whole money-burning exercise was. Though to be fair, the BBC has now made that an annual pre-Christmas tradition.