BBC Music have just announced, well like earlier this morning, their first ever BBC Music Awards. Good on them. But is it really good?

Maybe I'm just being totally stupid, but thus far I've only been able to find two categories. For the first, British Artist of the Year, David Bowie, Ed Sheeran, Elbow, Jungle, Royal Blood and Sam Smith will be vying for the prize. The second category is International Artist of the Year, whose nominees are Dolly Parton, Gregory Porter, Lorde, Pharrell, Prince and Taylor Swift.

Does anybody have any thoughts on this?

I mean, surely there have been some better or at least more relevant acts than David Bowie or Dolly Parton, or – dare I say it – Prince? And Taylor Swift – is she truly, truly an International Artist of the Year? Is this first in (I'm sure) many BBC Music Awards merely mollycoddling the already famous? Is Dolly Parton's nomination, for instance, all down to that one performance at Glastonbury earlier this year, with its frenzied, almost bacchanalian reception?

Makes yer heart hurt dunnit?

Bob Shennan, director of BBC Music, explained himself.

"The shortlists feature an amazing range of hugely talented artists. Each and every one has made a unique mark on the music industry. They have experienced phenomenal success and it's wonderful to see new acts featuring alongside some of the biggest names in the business."

Well, it's all very subjective, and I'm sure they had a tough time whittling down all the choices they could've made. So, to conclude: whatever.

In BBC form, however, they are making a very big song and dance about it, with the BBC Music Awards being broadcast live from Earls Court on Thursday 11th December – that's this Thursday, how exciting – from 18:00 to 20:00 GMT. There will be live acts between the two (if it is indeed just the two) awards being given away, including performances from Take That, Catfish and the Bottlemen, and One Direction. Naturally there are no tickets left, nor any integrity for that matter.

Discovery: Why don't you check out what's going on in our new music section instead?