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BBC Music Awards event to take place in December, new strategy announced

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The BBC have announced a brand new awards event for later this year.

The BBC Music Awards will be hosted by Chris Evans and Fearne Cotton, and will take place at Earls Court on Thursday, December 11.


The ceremony will feature live performances to look back at the past 12 months, and will include the categories British Artist of the Year, International Artist of the Year and Song of the Year.

It will air live on BBC One, and will receive coverage on Radio 1, Radio 2 and The One Show.

BBC One controller Charlotte Moore said: "I think this is a fantastic opportunity for BBC One to collaborate with Radio 1 and Radio 2 and host this unique celebration of music in the UK. The BBC has always been a destination for new and established musical talent, and by bringing the two together the BBC Music Awards promises to give viewers and listeners an unforgettable night."

The ceremony was announced as the BBC launched the corporation's new BBC Music strategy today (June 16).

Tony Hall at the BBC Music press launch

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Tony Hall at the BBC Music press launch


BBC Music will be about "putting music right at the heart of the BBC & supporting young British talent in new & surprising ways", director-general Tony Hall said.

The strategy aims to broaden the BBC's coverage of music broadcasting and commissioning, while promoting the UK's musical output across the world.

Tony Hall said: "Today's the start of something very special for everyone who loves music. BBC Music is a celebration of the brilliant musical talent across our country.

"We'll be joining up music on television, radio, iPlayer and online like never before. There'll be new shows, new partnerships, and whole new ways to enjoy music on the BBC."

Bob Shennan at the BBC Music press launch

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Bob Shennan at the BBC Music press launch


BBC Music director Bob Shennan said: "From the BBC Proms to Glastonbury, music on the BBC already creates a range of amazing experiences that our audiences love. Under BBC Music and in partnership with the UK music industry, we will set a new benchmark for quality and scale, with bigger events and more world-class programming delivered in new ways."

Hall explained that BBC Playlister will be adding iTunes support to its service from today (Monday, June 16).

A number of television documentaries and specials were also announced, including shows featuring the reuniting of Genesis, and Reginald D Hunter delving into the legacy of New Orleans.

Lauren Laverne announced that the National Skills Academy and the Performing Rights Society are to work with BBC Introducing to help support and inspire new musical talents.

Lauren Laverne at the BBC Music press launch

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Lauren Laverne at the BBC Music press launch


BBC Introducing will work with Academy students to produce on-air content for BBC radio shows and sessions.

Classical music will be represented with the new service Ten Pieces, which aims to inspire primary school children to learn about the genre through events and online resources.

In the autumn months, children from schools around the country will be invited to respond creatively to ten pieces of classical music, through dance, art, animations or their own compositions. A collection of the children's submissions will be broadcast across the BBC in 2015.

Laura Mvula, George Ezra and pianist Martin James Bartlett also performed live at the launch, which took place at the Radio Theatre in Broadcasting House.

Laura Mvula at the BBC Music press launch

© BBC / Mark Allan

Laura Mvula at the BBC Music press launch

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