BBC Sports Personality 2016: Robbie Williams to sing at show

Robbie Williams
Williams has enjoyed seven UK number one singles and 12 chart-topping albums
BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2016
Date: Sunday, 18 December. Venue: Genting Arena, Birmingham. Time: 18:40-21:00 GMT. Coverage: BBC One, Radio 5 live, BBC Sport website

Singer Robbie Williams is to perform at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year show on 18 December.

Laura Mvula, and Gareth Malone and the Invictus Choir, will also sing during the show to a star-studded audience and millions watching on BBC One.

This year's event is at the Genting Arena in Birmingham from 18:40 GMT.

Williams will provide the soundtrack to a special moment in the programme which celebrates the achievements of British Olympians and Paralympians at Rio 2016.

"I'm honoured to perform in such an iconic BBC programme," he said.

"It's been a truly amazing year for sport and I can't wait to take to the stage in Birmingham in front of such sporting heroes."

Birmingham's own Mvula, whose album The Dreaming Room was nominated for this year's Mercury Prize, will perform the show's opening number.

Choirmaster Gareth Malone will be joined by the Invictus Choir, made up of wounded ex-armed services personnel, in a moment dedicated to remembering those sporting icons that have died this year.

The BBC Concert Orchestra will provide the musical score to the programme throughout the evening.

Laura Mvula
Mvula won best female act and top RnB/soul act at the 2013 Mobo Awards, and was nominated in both categories this year
Choirmaster Gareth Malone
Malone formed a choir to perform at the 2016 Invictus Games in Orlando, Florida

A shortlist of 16 contenders has been named for the main Sports Personality award.

The last remaining tickets for the event are on sale now.