What We Know About Tonight’s BRIT Awards

The biggest night in British music is nearly upon us, but how much do you actually know about the event?


The biggest night in British music is almost upon us, so it’s time to get clued up on what to expect. The BRIT Awards will take place on February 21st at London’s O2 Arena, and it’s shaping up to be a spectacular night.

The nominees were announced last month at a special ‘BRITs Are Coming’ show, and Dua Lipa is leading the 2018 BRIT Award nominations with five nods, including best British Female, Single, Album, Video and Breakthrough Act. Check out the nominations here.

There’ll also be a host of grand performances throughout the night, and the show will be streamed live from 8pm and is expected to finish at 10.20pm. Here’s what you can expect from tonight’s BRIT Awards:

Jack Whitehall will host the big night

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 01: Jack Whitehall attends the European premiere of "Pride And Prejudice And Zombies" at Vue West End on February 1, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

The BRIT Awards are mixing up the awards night by bringing in a brand-new host, Jack Whitehall. The comedian will take over duties from 2017’s hosts Dermot O’Leary and Emma Willis. Speaking about the new job, Jack said: “I’m thrilled to be hosting the BRITs, it is the kind of show you dream of hosting as a kid, so really excited to have been asked.”

Prepare yourself for a lot of posh jokes!

The handing out of the brand new ‘BRIT Awards’ statue

brit statue

Designed by the sculptor Sir Anish Kapoor, it’s a striking new take on the iconic award. Speaking about his BRIT Awards creation, Kapoor has said: “I am pleased to have designed the BRIT award for 2018. Sculpture is often a process of positive and negative form. I have made the award using both.”

A host of superstars will perform on the night. Here’s the BRIT Awards line-up:

Ed Sheeran

PILTON, ENGLAND - JUNE 25: Ed Sheeran headlines on the Pyramid Stage during day 4 of the Glastonbury Festival 2017 at Worthy Farm, Pilton on June 25, 2017 in Glastonbury, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)

Dua Lipa

BENICASSIM, SPAIN - JULY 16: Dua Lipa performs in concert during day 4 of Festival Internacional de Benicassim on July 16, 2017 in Benicassim, Spain. (Photo by Xavi Torrent/WireImage)


BENICASSIM, SPAIN - JULY 13: Stormzy performs on stage during day 1 of Festival Internacional de Benicassim (FIB) on July 13, 2017 in Benicassim, Spain. (Photo by Xavi Torrent/WireImage)

Sam Smith

STAFFORD, ENGLAND - AUGUST 23: Sam Smith performs on Day 2 of the V Festival at Weston Park on August 23, 2015 in Stafford, England. (Photo by Shirlaine Forrest/WireImage)

Rita Ora

NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 25: Rita Ora joins Absolut Lime to kick-off Grammy Awards weekend with the first live performance of her new song, "Proud" at the Absolut Open Mic Project x Spotify event on January 25, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for Absolut)

Justin Timberlake

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - FEBRUARY 04: Recording artist Justin Timberlake performs onstage during the Pepsi Super Bowl LII Halftime Show at U.S. Bank Stadium on February 4, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images)

Foo Fighters

GLASTONBURY, ENGLAND - JUNE 24: Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins of Foo Fighters perform on day 3 of the Glastonbury Festival 2017 at Worthy Farm, Pilton on June 24, 2017 in Glastonbury, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)

Jorja Smith, Rag’n’Bone Man will perform a duet

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 13: EDITOR'S NOTE: Images from this event are only to be used in relation to this event. Rag ÕnÕ Bone Man (R) presents Jorja Smith with the CriticsÕ Choice Award at The BRIT Awards 2018 nominations held at ITV Studios on January 13, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)

2018 Critics’ Choice winner Jorja Smith will join 2017’s Critics’ Choice winner Rag’n’Bone Man to perform a never-heard-before duet.

Stars will wear a white rose in support of the #TimesUp campaign

NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 28: Recording artist Rita Ora attends the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards at Madison Square Garden on January 28, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for NARAS)

Every star attending tonight’s BRIT Awards will be given a white rose to wear to show their solidarity with victims of sexual abuse. The team behind the BRITs wrote to every head of every record label in the UK to inform them in advance. The letter saoid performers, presenters and guests will be given a pin “as a symbol of solidarity, which we invite them to wear, if they so choose”.

Scroll down and ‘click play’ to listen to our ‘BRITs Are Coming’ playlist:

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