The 35th BRIT Awards, the annual awards bash for the British Phonographic Industry, takes place at London’s O2 Arena tonight. Here are seven reasons you should watch.
1. Ant & Dec
This year’s awards are being presented by the reigning kings of light entertainment, Ant and Dec, who take over from James Corden who hosted in each of the last four years.
Amazingly, this is only the pair’s second time presenting the Brits, having hosted in 2001. And if you’re confused which is which, Ant is always the one standing on the left of your screen.
2. Star-studded performances
The Brits always features a star-studded line-up of live acts and this year is no exception.
Tonight’s bill includes performances by Madonna, Sam Smith, Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran, Royal Blood, George Ezra, Paloma Faith, Take That and Kanye West.
3. What will Kanye do?
The latest addition to the line-up, what will Kanye do after his antics at the Grammys two weeks ago, where he charged on to the stage to interrupt Beck’s acceptance speech?
It was the second time the shy and retiring Mr West has interrupted an awards ceremony, having done the same to Taylor Swift at the MTV Video Music Awards in 2009. Will he try to complete his hat-trick tonight?
4. A whiff of controversy?
These days the Brits is carefully stage-managed so we’re unlikely to see the equivalent of Jarvis Cocker mooning Michael Jackson (1996) or Chumbawamba throwing a bucket of water over John Prescott (1998).
But there’s always the possibility of something like the 2012 embarrassment of Adele being cut off barely 30 seconds into her acceptance speech because the show was running late, resulting in her raising her middle finger and causing a storm of controversy on Twitter.
5. Ezra versus Sheeran versus Smith
Who will be the big winner tonight as a total of 13 awards are handed out?
Sam Smith is nominated in five categories, while George Ezra and Ed Sheeran are up for four awards each. All three are contesting British Male Solo Artist, British Album of the Year and British Single of the Year. Seconds out, round one …
6. The battle of the dresses
It’s awards season, so the battle for the most eye-catching dress on the red carpet will be just as fierce as the competition for the BRITs statues.
Who will the press and the Twitterati declare is hot – and who is not?
7. You can make a difference
From around 8pm, you will be able to have your say in the outcome of the British Video award, which is open to a public vote. The nominees are Calvin Harris’s Summer, Ed Sheeran’s Thinking Out Loud, Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars’s Uptown Funk, One Direction’s You & I and Sam Smith’s Stay With Me.
The 2015 BRIT Awards are on ITV1 at 8pm.