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Ed on song of the year shortlist

Ed Sheeran's Sing, Happy by Pharrell Williams and Clean Bandit's Rather Be are among the chart-topping tracks in the running for song of the year at tomorrow's BBC Music Awards.

The shortlist was announced tonight with viewers and listeners now given the chance to choose one of the ten tunes which should take the title at the inaugural ceremony.

Also competing are songs by Coldplay, Ella Henderson, George Ezra, Kiesza, Lorde, Nico & Vinz and Sam Smith.

The nominees - announced on BBC One's The One Show - have been assembled from the songs which have had the most airplay across BBC radio and TV over the past year.

Happy makes the list despite initially being released in 2012, a fact which had initially precluded it from being included in last week's Grammy nominations although a live version eventually secured its inclusion for the US awards.

The full shortlist for song of the year is also includes Coldplay's A Sky Full Of Stars, Ella Henderson's Ghost, G eorge Ezra's Budapest, Hideaway by Kiesza, L orde's Royals, Nico & Vinz' Am I Wrong and Money On My Mind by Sam Smith.

Tomorrow's awards are being staged at Earls Court in London and will bring together some of the biggest names in music with performers such as One Direction, Coldplay, Sheeran, Clean Bandit and Take That.

An audience of around 13,500 people is due to attend the show which will be broadcast live on BBC One and on Radios 1 and 2, with Chris Evans and Fearne Cotton acting as hosts.

As well as song of the year, the event will honour the British and international artists of the year as well as the best song of the past 12 months. Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith also both compete for the British artist category.

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