The biggest event in the British pop music calendar, The Brits, is upon us once again, airing on Wednesday 22 February 2017 at 7.30pm, as ITV’s foremost music talent show presenters Dermot O’Leary and Emma Willis take up hosting duties for the first time.
The show comes live from London’s O2 Arena for the event’s 37th ceremony, featuring live performances from the cream of British and international musical talent, including Little Mix, Robbie Williams, The 1975, Emeli Sande, Rihanna, Skepta and Bruno Mars, as well as more surprises that are yet to be announced.
There will also no doubt be one or two of the special collaborative performances which the ceremony has become famous for. Past years have seen artists coming together to create unique versions of their hits, and fans will be hoping that the show pulls out another memorable performance from its hat.
The Critics’ Choice award has proven to be an enormously accurate indicator of the next big thing in British music. Since its inception in 2008, the prize has gone to Adele, Florence and the Machine, Ellie Goulding, Jessie J, Emeli Sande, Tom Odell, Sam Smith, James Bay and Jack Garratt, and this year goes to Rag’n’Bone Man (pictured).
The most sought-after gong, as ever, will be the Mastercard British Album of the Year. On the shortlist are David Bowie, The 1975, Kano, Michael Kiwanuka and Skepta. Who will be toasting victory and taking home a statuette – which for 2017 are designed by the late architect Dame Zaha Hadid – this year?
The BRIT Awards 2017 airs on Wednesday 22 February 2017 from 7.30pm on ITV.