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Inaugural BBC Music Awards to take place in December

The ceremony will take place at Earls Court in London

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The BBC have announced that the inaugural BBC Music Awards will take place in December 2014.

The new awards ceremony will take place at Earls Court, London on December 11. The ceremony is set to be hosted by Chris Evans and Fearne Cotton and will be broadcast live on BBC One with coverage on BBC radio stations.

"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," said BBC One controller Charlotte Moore. "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."

Categories at the event are set to include British Artist of the Year, International Artist of the Year and Song of the Year, reports Digital Spy.

The awards make up part of the BBC's newly announced music programming strategy. Director general Tony Hall commented: "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."

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