BBC Music Awards 2016: Shortlist announced for BBC Radio 2 Album of the Year

We’ve had some fantastic Album of the Weeks this year and this stellar shortlist features new talent, established artists and very welcome comebacks.Ken Bruce
Date: 25.11.2016     Last updated: 25.11.2016 at 10.00
Ahead of the BBC Music Awards 2016 on Monday 12 December, Radio 2 – which with 15.14m listeners is the biggest radio network in Europe (RAJARs, Q3, 2016) – has today revealed the full shortlist for BBC Radio 2 Album of the Year: a new award for this year’s star-studded ceremony celebrating the best albums of the past twelve months.

BBC Radio 2 Album of the Year Shortlist voted for by the Radio 2 Playlist Committee chaired by Radio 2 and 6 Music Head of Music, Jeff Smith:

  • Adele - 25
  • Coldplay - A Head Full of Dreams
  • Jeff Lynne’s ELO - Alone in the Universe
  • Michael Kiwanuka - Love & Hate
  • Rick Astley - 50

Every day this week BBC Radio 2’s Ken Bruce, who presents the second most popular radio show in the country reaching over 8.48 million listeners every week (RAJARs, Q3 2016), has been announcing the shortlisted albums which have all featured as Album of the Week on his weekday programme this year (Monday-Friday, 9.30am-12noon).

Ken Bruce says: “We’ve had some fantastic Album of the Weeks this year and this stellar shortlist features new talent, established artists and very welcome comebacks. I can’t wait to find out who wins.”

The winner will be crowned at the BBC Music Awards 2016 hosted by Fearne Cotton, Claudia Winkleman and Gemma Cairney at the ExCeL London on Monday 12 December from 8.30-10pm. The show will be broadcast live on BBC One and bbc.co.uk/music with additional coverage on BBC Radio 1 and BBC Radio 2.

Now in its third year, the BBC Music Awards 2016 will feature five awards:

  • BBC Music British Artist of the Year
  • Song of the Year
  • BBC Music Introducing Artist of the Year
  • BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge Performance of the Year
  • BBC Radio 2 Album of the Year

Performers on the night will include Kaiser Chiefs, Craig David, Lukas Graham, Zara Larsson, Emeli Sandé, Robbie Williams and The 1975.

The shortlists for Radio 1 Live Lounge Performance of the Year, BBC Music British Artist of the Year, and Song of the Year will be announced shortly. Public voting for the Song of the Year award will take place on Wednesday 7 December.

On the day of the Awards, Radio 2 will present the Steve Wright Show Music Awards Special between 2-5pm, with live inserts from the dress rehearsals at the ExCel London. Radio 1 joins the party between 4-7pm as Greg James broadcasts live from backstage and the Red Carpet with exclusive interviews and sessions. It’s then back to Radio 2 from 8-10pm as Jo Whiley continues the exclusive programming from backstage, giving listeners a sneak peek behind the scenes whilst the Awards are broadcast on BBC One

The BBC Music Awards will premiere in the US on BBC America on December 14.

The BBC Music Awards take place on Monday 12 December between 8.30pm and 10pm. Tickets are now on sale, and are priced from £42 to £62 (plus booking fee). Visit bbc.co.uk/music for full details.

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