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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.

BBC Music Awards
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BBC Music Awards 2014
Awarded forBest in popular music from the last 12 months
CountryUnited Kingdom
Presented byBBC Music
Hosted by
First awarded11 December 2014; 4 years ago (2014-12-11)
Last awarded8 December 2017; 22 months ago (2017-12-08)
WebsiteBBC 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 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]

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]

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]


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]


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:

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  1. ^ "BBC Music Awards – About". BBC Music Awards. Retrieved 8 December 2014.
  2. ^ "The Line Up". BBC Music Awards. BBC. Retrieved 8 December 2014.
  3. ^ "The BBC Music Awards – as it happened". Guardian. 11 December 2014. Retrieved 11 December 2014.
  4. ^ Johnston, Chris (11 December 2014). "Ed Sheeran and Pharrell Williams big winners at inaugural BBC music awards". The Guardian. Retrieved 11 December 2014.
  5. ^ "BBC Music Awards watched by 3.9m". BBC News. Retrieved 12 December 2014.
  6. ^ "1D and Mumford to play BBC Music Awards". BBC News.
  7. ^ "BBC Music Awards – Ticket Information". BBC. Retrieved 22 October 2014.
  8. ^ "BBC Music Awards: Adele does the double". BBC. Retrieved 18 December 2016.
  9. ^ Savage, Mark (21 November 2017). "BBC Music Awards scaled back for 2017". BBC. Retrieved 21 November 2017.
  10. ^ "BBC - Robbie Williams and Craig David added to the BBC Music Awards bill - Media Centre".

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