BBC Music Awards: David Bowie receives posthumous nomination for British Artist of the Year

The announcement follows Bowie's omission from the BBC Music Album of the Year shortlist

Roisin O'Connor@Roisin_OConnor
Monday 05 December 2016 09:53
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David Bowie performs on stage at the Forum in Copenhagen October 7. 2003.
David Bowie performs on stage at the Forum in Copenhagen October 7. 2003.

David Bowie has received a posthumous nomination for BBC Music's Artist of the Year Award.

Bowie and the four other artists on the shortlist were announced ahead of next week's ceremony in London.

The winner will be revealed at the event hosted by Fearne Cotton, Claudia Winkleman and Gemma Cairney at the ExCel London on 12 December, and be broadcast live on BBC One.

The shortlist for Artist of the Year is as follows:

  • Adele
  • Calvin Harris
  • Coldplay
  • David Bowie
  • Jess Glynne

There are five awards in total: BBC Music British Artist of the Year, Song of the Year, and BBC Music Introducing Artist of the Year. The two new prizes are BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge Peforrmance of the Year and BBC Radio 2 Album of the Year.

The nominees for BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge Performance of the Year are:

  • Christine and the Queens performing Sorry (Beyoncé cover) on 13 September 2016 
  • Craig David performing Love Yourself (Justin Bieber cover) on 7 January 2016
  • Emeli Sandé performing Hurts on 16 September 2016
  • The 1975 Live Lounge Symphony performing What Makes You Beautiful (One Direction cover) on 30 September 2016
  • Usher performing Climax on 2 September 2016

The nominees for BBC Radio 2 Album of the Year are:

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

Performances taking place on the night include Kaiser Chiefs, Craig David, Lukas Graham, Zara Larsson, The 1975, John Legend and Robbie Williams.

Singer-songwriter Izzy Bizu, who was named BBC Music Introducing Artist of the Year, will also perform.

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