A Who’s Who of Brit music royalty will be pulling on their finery and heading to the O2 tonight for the Brit Awards; the nation’s annual celebration of the best music produced here on home soil.
Those lucky enough to be attending (and those of us glued to our TV screens at home) will be treated to a host of performances, some long and emotional acceptance speeches and undoubtedly some of the ‘whaaaaat’ moments that the Brits have become known for over the years, while host James Corden tries to control proceedings.
We take a closer look at what we can expect from this evening’s shenanigans.
As is to be expected, the best of British will be taking to the stage at the O2, with Sheffield’s finest Arctic Monkeys opening the event. Bastille, whose Bad Blood was the biggest selling album of last year, will also perform, as will dance duo Disclosure, British Female Solo Artist nominee Ellie Goulding and Rudimental, who are up for three gongs.
From Right to left: James Corden, Ellie Goulding, Arctic Monkeys
The international music scene will be represented by Katy Perry, Bruno Mars, Lorde and Pharrell Williams, while the rumour mill has hinted that none other than Beyonce may put in a surprise appearance.
Who’ll pick up prizes?
Arctic Monkeys are the hot favourites to pick up some of the night’s biggest gongs including British Album of the Year and British Group, but they could face stiff competition from Bastille in both categories.
David Bowie is tipped to pick up the Best British Male prize over the likes of Jake Bugg and Tom Odell, if he does win, it would make him the oldest person to ever take home a trophy from the event.
Ellie Goulding seems a dead cert to take home the British Female Solo Artist statuette, and our money would be on One Direction to take home at least one of the three prizes they’re up for, otherwise the Brits organisers may face a backlash from angry tweens!
Only one artist can head to the ceremony confident; Sam Smith already has the Critics’ Choice award in the bag.
Will there be a scandal?
It wouldn’t be the Brits unless there was a headline grabbing scandal. From Jarvis Cocker bursting on stage while Jacko performed Earth Song to Chumbawamba throwing iced water over John Prescott, Robbie Williams challenging Liam Gallagher to a fight and James Corden interrupting Adele’s acceptance speech, every year something eventful happens.
This year, our money’s on the Arctic Monkeys to provide the drama. The band boycotted the ceremony in 2006 and openly mocked the organisers in 2008 when they collected a gong dressed as country squires. They’ll have plenty of opportunities to cause mischief this year, as they’ll be performing and are the favourites to pick up a couple of awards.