Ed Sheeran, Pharrell Williams and Clean Bandit named on shortlist for BBC Music Song of the year
The final contenders also include tracks by Coldplay, Sam Smith, Lorde, Ella Henderson, Kiesza, George Ezra and Nico and Vinz
Happy by Pharrell Williams, Ed Sheeran’s Sing and Clean Bandit’s Rather Be are among the tracks shortlisted for Song of the Year at the first BBC Music Awards (BBC1 tonight at 8:00pm).
The ten-strong list also includes Coldplay’s A Sky Full of Stars, Sam Smith’s Money On My Mind, Lorde’s Royals and Ghost by Ella Henderson.
Kiesza’s Hideaway, Budapest by George Ezra and Am I Wrong by Nico and Vinz round off the contenders.
The shortlist was compiled from songs that have had the most airplay over BBC Radio and Television broadcasts throughout 2014, with the final winner selected by the public, who can vote online or by text at BBC Music. Voting is open to the public between 7:30am and 7:20pm today (Thursday 11th December).
The overall winners will be announced tonight at a ceremony hosted by Chris Evans and Fearne Cotton in Earl’s Court, with some of the nominees (including Pharrell, Sam Smith and Ed Sheeran) also in the running in other categories, alongside longer-standing figures like David Bowie and Dolly Parton.
"The BBC Music Awards exist to celebrate the past 12 months in music," said BBC's director of music Bob Shennan, adding: "The shortlists feature an amazing range of hugely talented artists. Each and every one has made a unique mark on the music industry. They have experienced phenomenal success and it's wonderful to see new acts featuring alongside some of the biggest names in the business."
The BBC Music Awards will be on BBC1, Radio 1 and Radio 2 on tonight (11th December) at 8:00pm