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Music acts revealed for BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2016

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Image caption Robbie Williams said he was "honoured" to be asked to perform at the awards

Robbie Williams, Laura Mvula, Gareth Malone and the Invictus Choir will perform at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2016.

The event takes place at the Genting Arena in Birmingham on 18 December.

Robbie will take to the stage during a special segment honouring the achievements of Team GB's Olympians and Paralympians at Rio 2016.

"I can't wait to take to the stage in Birmingham in front of such sporting heroes," Williams said.

Mvula, who hails from the city, will perform the opening number, while Gareth Malone will be joined by the Invictus Choir to honour those sporting icons that have died this year.

The BBC Concert Orchestra will perform throughout the event, which will be broadcast on BBC One, Radio 5 Live and the BBC Sport website.

Sixteen contenders have been shortlisted for the award this year.

They will go forward to a vote on the night of the live show. The nominees are:

  • Nicola Adams - Boxing
  • Gareth Bale - Football
  • Alistair Brownlee - Triathlon
  • Sophie Christiansen - Equestrian
  • Kadeena Cox - Athletics/Cycling
  • Mo Farah - Athletics
  • Jason Kenny - Cycling
  • Laura Kenny - Cycling
  • Andy Murray - Tennis
  • Adam Peaty - Swimming
  • Kate Richardson-Walsh - Hockey
  • Nick Skelton - Equestrian
  • Dame Sarah Storey - Cycling
  • Jamie Vardy - Football
  • Max Whitlock - Gymnastics
  • Danny Willett - Golf

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