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Ed Sheeran and Adele up for British Artist of the Year at BBC Music Awards

Published 01/12/2015 | 17:26

Ed Sheeran is nominated for a BBC Music Award
Ed Sheeran is nominated for a BBC Music Award

Chart-toppers Ed Sheeran and Adele will face indie acts Foals and Jamie xx for the title of British Artist of the Year at the 2015 BBC Music Awards.

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Six artists are in the shortlist for the category, which also includes Florence And The Machine and Years And Years.

Prince and Taylor Swift are amongst those fighting it out to be crowned International Artist of the Year, alongside Irish singer Hozier, Foo Fighters, Major Lazer and The Weeknd.

Adele - who has smashed UK and US records with her third album, 25 - leads this year's ceremony with two nominations, with her BBC1 special, Adele At The BBC, also up for BBC Live Performance of the Year.

Florence Welch's Glastonbury appearance alongside her Machine bandmates has also been picked for the shortlist, as well as Lionel Richie's hit-packed set at Glastonbury, Jeff Lynne's ELO's Radio 2 In Concert, and two BBC Proms shows - Late Night With... BBC Radio 1 and BBC Radio Xtra.

Two other awards - Song of the Year and the BBC Introducing - will be featured on the night.

One Direction, Little Mix, Mumford And Sons and Ellie Goulding will perform at this year's ceremony, alongside Rod Stewart, Faithless, Hozier, James Bay, Jess Glynne and Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott, as well Jack Garratt, who has been named the 2016 Brits Critics Choice winner.

Chris Evans and Fearne Cotton will host the BBC Music Awards, now in its second year, which takes place at the Genting Arena in Birmingham on December 10.

Bob Shennan, director of BBC Music, said: "What a year it's been for music. Our shortlists represent the artists who have created some of the biggest and most impactful music moments of the year. I'm looking forward to the big unveiling in Birmingham next week."

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