Adele is hotly-tipped to scoop the top prizes at the BBC Music Awards 2016 Michel Porro/ Getty Images

The BBC Music Awards returns for its third year tonight (12 December 2016). Hosted by Claudia Winkleman and Fearne Cotton, the evening will celebrate the biggest pop acts over the last 12 months with Adele, Coldplay and Justin Bieber amongst the top contenders.

The awards, which launched in 2014, will announce winners in the following categories: artist of the year, song of the year, Live Lounge performance of the year and album of the year. Before all the action kicks off, IBTimes UK has rounded up all the important information you need to know.

Time and place

The BBC Music Awards will take place at ExCel London on 12 December. The ceremony starts at 8:30pm and is expected to wrap up at around 10pm.


Artist of the year



Calvin Harris

David Bowie

Jess Glynne

Song of the year

Hello – Adele

Sorry – Justin Bieber

Work – Rihanna featuring Drake

Hymn For The Weekend – Coldplay featuring Beyonce

Robbie Williams
Robbie Williams is amongst performers at the BBC Music Awards LOIC VENANCE/AFP/Getty Images

One Dance – Drake featuring Wizkid and Kyla

Can't Stop The Feeling – Justin Timberlake

7 Years – Lukas Graham

Runnin' (Lose It All) – Naughty Boy featuring Beyonce and Arrow Benjamin

Cake By The Ocean – DNCE

Here – Alessia Cara

Album of the year

25 – Adele

A Head Full Of Dreams – Coldplay

Alone In The Universe – Jeff Lynne's ELO

Watch Craig David's Live Lounge performance:

Love & Hate – Michael Kiwanuka

50 – Rick Astley

Live Lounge performance of the year

Usher – Climax

The 1975 covering One Direction's What Makes You Beautiful

Craig David covering Justin Bieber's Love Yourself

Emeli Sande – Hurts

Christine And The Queens covering Beyonce's Sorry


Robbie Williams

The 1975

Watch Lukas Graham's BBC Music Awards-nominated 7 Years:

Lukas Graham

Kaiser Chiefs

John Legend

Izzy Bizu

Emeli Sande

Craig David

Zara Larsson

Where to watch

The awards will broadcast live on BBC One and the official BBC Music Awards website with live coverage on Radio 1 and Radio 2.