BBC Music Awards ‘Song of the Year’ shortlist announced
I am very excited to hear what songs BBC listeners and viewers have most enjoyed in 2014 and see if they match my own shortlist.Alex Jones, Presenter, The One Show
Voted for by members of the public and made up of songs from some of the biggest names in popular music, the songs shortlisted have had the most airplay across the BBC’s music radio networks and BBC Music Television over the last 12 months.
Song of the Year Shortlist:
Clean Bandit (ft Jess Glynne) - Rather Be
Coldplay - A Sky Full of Stars
Ed Sheeran - Sing
Ella Henderson - Ghost
George Ezra - Budapest
Kiesza - Hideaway
Lorde - Royals
Nico & Vinz - Am I Wrong
Pharrell - Happy
Sam Smith - Money On My Mind
On Thursday 11 December, the day of the BBC Music Awards, voting opens to the public. Votes must be cast between 07.30 and 19.20 and can be submitted via SMS or online at bbc.co.uk/music. The winning song will be announced and the award presented in the inaugural BBC Music Awards hosted by Chris Evans and Fearne Cotton, broadcast live on BBC One from 20:00 – 22:00 and simulcast with Radio 1, Radio 2 and at bbc.co.uk/music that night.
Out of the three awards at this year’s event, Song of the Year is the only accolade voted for by the public. It will be presented during a star-studded event with the biggest and most iconic UK and international artists, including Calvin Harris; Clean Bandit; Coldplay; Ed Sheeran; Ella Henderson & Labrinth; Ellie Goulding; George Ezra; Gregory Porter; John Newman; One Direction; Paloma Faith; Sir Tom Jones; Take That; will.i.am; and BBC Introducing Act – Catfish and the Bottlemen. The two other awards to be presented are British and International Artists of the Year.
On Thursday morning, BBC Radio 1’s Nick Grimshaw and BBC Radio 2’s Chris Evans will be encouraging listeners to vote for Song of the Year on their respective breakfast shows alongside reminders on the two networks throughout the day. BBC One’s The One Show, which will be broadcasting live from Earls Court on the night, will then play out a final promotion of the vote shortly before voting closes at 19:20.
Alex Jones, presenter of The One Show says: “The BBC Music Awards is a fantastic event and chance to come together and celebrate an amazing year in music. The vote for Song of the Year will be a great opportunity for our audiences to get involved and have their say. I am very excited to hear what songs BBC listeners and viewers have most enjoyed in 2014 and see if they match my own shortlist.”
The BBC Music Awards will be broadcast around the globe. Broadcasters Palladia in USA and RTE in Ireland will broadcast the ceremony live (Palladia will broadcast at 3pm Eastern Time) while broadcaster Space Shower in Japan and DR in Denmark are set to air the awards at a later date.
Notes to editors:
Votes cast both by SMS and through bbc.co.uk/music are secure and regulated via The Interactivity Technical Advice and Contracts Unit (ITACU).
All shortlisted songs have been independently verified and collated by PPL.
Voting is open from 07.30 until 19.20 on 11 December.
To vote by text, listeners should text the song of their choice to 84400.
For Clean Bandit (ft Jess Glynne) - Rather Be - Text SONG 1
For Coldplay - A Sky Full of Stars - Text SONG 2
For Ed Sheeran - Sing - Text SONG 3
For Ella Henderson - Ghost - Text SONG 4
For George Ezra – Budapest - Text SONG 5
For Kiesza - Hideaway - Text SONG 6
For Lorde - Royals - Text SONG 7
For Nico & Vinz - Am I Wrong - Text SONG 8
For Pharrell - Happy - Text SONG 9
For Sam Smith - Money On My Mind - Text SONG 10
Transmission details for the Music Awards:
Thursday 11th December, BBC Radio 1 and Radio 2
The Radio 1 Breakfast Show with Nick Grimshaw and
Chris Evans Breakfast Show
6.30am-9.30am (Radio 2), 6.30am–10.00am (Radio 1)
Grimmy and Chris kick off the day with the BBC Music Awards Song of the Year vote.
Thursday 11th December, BBC Radio 1 and Radio 2
Greg James plus Simon Mayo
4pm–6pm (Radio 1); 5pm–6pm (Radio 2)
Greg James takes his Radio 1 show down the road to Earls Court. During his show Simon Mayo will hook up with Greg to bring Radio 2 listeners a sneak preview of the night’s events.
Thursday 11th December, BBC Radio 1 and BBC Radio 2 SIMULCAST
BBC Music Awards presents The Radio 1 and Radio 2 All Stars
Jo Whiley and Nick Grimshaw team up for a star-studded preview of the BBC Music Awards, broadcasting live from Earls Court. Joining them will be Radio 1 presenters Alice Levine, Gemma Cairney, Zane Lowe, Greg James and Radio 2 presenters Sara Cox, Ken Bruce, Jamie Cullum and Simon Mayo.
Thursday 11th December, BBC One
The One Show
The One Show will also be broadcasting live from Earls Court with all the action from the Red Carpet and behind the scenes build up to the big event at 8pm.
Thursday 11th December, BBC One, BBC Radio 1, BBC Radio 2 SIMULCAST
BBC Music Awards
The pop music world will unite for the inaugural, star-studded BBC Music Awards, hosted by Chris Evans and Fearne Cotton and broadcast live on BBC One, Radio 1 and Radio 2 from London’s Earls Court.
Thursday 11th December, BBC One and BBC Radio 2 SIMULCAST
BBC Music Awards – After Party
Zane Lowe and Sara Cox host the party after the party live from the Green Room at the BBC Music Award’s Earls Court HQ.
Keep following @bbcmusic for more updates.
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