Coldplay, Ed Sheeran, One Direction & more to play inaugural BBC Music Awards

Calvin Harris, Paloma Faith and Clean Bandit also sign up to the event

The BBC have unveiled a list of performers for next month’s inaugural BBC Music Awards event.

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.

It was announced on Radio 1 and Radio 2 earlier today that One Direction, Ed Sheeran, Coldplay, Calvin Harris, Paloma Faith and Clean Bandit will perform at the ceremony.

“We’re really looking forward to the BBC Music Awards. It’s an incredible line-up and we’re honoured to be part of it,” Coldplay’s Chris Martin said of the news.

“Every year is a marvellous year for music in the UK and 2014 has been no exception,” Evans added. “The inaugural BBC Music Awards will be the new icing on an ever mouthwatering end-of-term cake. We shall gratefully be tipping our hats to those whose lights have shone brightest and whose music has helped water the inner flowers of our souls, hearts and minds over the last 12 months. Call it a review with prizes, or a show full of surprises, I cannot wait. Get your ears on, the BBC Music Awards is coming to get you.”

Categories at the event are set to include British Artist Of The Year, International Artist Of The Year and Song Of The Year.

“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.”

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.”