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BBC Music Awards downsizing for 2017

By | Published on Wednesday 22 November 2017

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So the BBC Music Awards are still a thing. However, instead of putting on a big glitzy televised ceremony – yet another BBC event that competes with the music community it is meant to support – this year they’re just going to read out some names on BBC Two. Sounds like a better plan.

In a massive downsizing of what was, I think we can all agree, a monumental waste of everyone’s time and money, this year’s BBC Music Awards will be part of a programme titled ‘The Year In Music 2017’. The show, presented by Claudia Winkleman and Clara Amfo, will look back at the last year in music, tempting big names into the studio to tell some stories with the possibility of them winning some sort of trophy.

“Music on BBC television has gone from strength to strength in 2017”, says BBC Music Editor James Stirling, “with a record breaking 23 million viewers watching Glastonbury and the country coming together for the TV and radio simulcast of One Love Manchester, providing one of the most watched, and poignant, broadcast moments of 2017. This programme will revisit the music stories of the year, told by the musicians at the heart of them”.

Echoing that sentiment, Amfo adds: “2017 has been a huge year in music for both fresh and established artists, I’m really looking forward to hanging out with Claudia to look back at what it has given us, before we enter in to what I’m sure will be an even bigger new musical year”.

As usual, the prizes will be doled out to whoever is deemed to have made the best album, performed the best show, or just been the best artist overall. Despite it being talked up by James Stirling just there, the One Love Manchester show receives no nods whatsoever.

Anyway, here’s who did all the best stuff in 2017:

Artist Of The Year:
Ed Sheeran
Harry Styles
Kendrick Lamar
Rag N Bone Man

British Album Of The Year:
Calvin Harris – Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1
Ed Sheeran – ÷
Dua Lipa – Dua Lipa
Rag N Bone Man – Human
Stormzy – Gang Signs & Prayer
The xx – I See You

Live Performance Of The Year:
Boy Better Know – Glastonbury
Depeche Mode – Glasgow Barrowlands, 6 Music Festival
Foo Fighters – Glastonbury
Katy Perry – Radio 1’s Big Weekend 2017
Chic feat Nile Rodgers – Glastonbury
U2 – The Joshua Tree Tour 2017

The show itself will include contributions from Stormzy, Foo Fighters, Nile Rodgers, Liam Gallagher, Dua Lipa, Sampha, George Ezra, Blossoms, Nick Grimshaw, Mistajam and Jo Whiley, among others. There’ll also be a special studio performance from Rag N Bone Man, but don’t take that to mean he’s won either of the awards he’s nominated for, it’s definitely all to play for.

‘The Year In Music 2017’ will be broadcast on BBC Two on Friday 8 Dec at 9pm.