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Over 4m tune in for BBC Music Awards

Nearly four million people watched the inaugural BBC Music Awards last night to see Ed Sheeran and Pharrell Williams take the top honours.

But the average audience of 3.9 million on BBC1 was still 700,000 less than this year's Brit Awards which had itself scored a ratings low for recent years.

The two-hour live awards programme saw Sheeran take the prize for top British artist of the year, while Williams triumphed as international artist and took the best song trophy for his hit Happy.

But despite taking two of the three main awards, the US musician, writer and producer was unable to actually attend the event and had to appear by a live link.

An audience of 13,500 attended the event at Earls Court in London with performances by Take That, Sheeran, Ella Henderson (inset) and Coldplay.