When and where you can watch the BRIT Awards

This year’s BRIT awards will air on ITV tomorrow night (Tuesday, May 09).

Taylor Swift is set to make history as the first female artist to win the global icon Brit Award.

As ever there will be big performers, and even a live audience (a rarity in Covid times).

About 4,000 people will attend the 2021 show at London’s O2 arena – about one fifth of the venue’s capacity.

The event, hosted by Jack Whitehall, is part of the Government’s live events pilot scheme. Which means those attending the indoor ceremony will not be socially distanced or required to wear face coverings once seated.

Organisers have given 2,500 of the 4,000 tickets to people working on the front line of the pandemic from the Greater London area.

Here’s all you need to know about the show.

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When are the BRIT Awards 2021?

The Brit Awards 2021 take place on Tuesday, May 11, at O2 Arena in London.

Originally planned for February, it fared the same fate as events such as the Oscars and the Met Gala – which were postponed due to the ongoing pandemic.

How to watch the BRIT awards 2021?

ITV and ITV Hub will air the award ceremony airs between 8 pm and 10.15 pm on Tuesday, May 11.

The prelude of night will see the arrival of this year’s nominees and snippets from behind-the-scenes on ITV2 at 7 pm, with The Brit Awards: Backstage.

The event will also be live-streamed from the ceremony’s official YouTube channel.

Rina Sawayama, Griff, and Pa Salieu
Griff (centre) beat Rina Sawayama (left) and Pa Salieu (right) in the Rising star category in March
(Image: Handout)

Who are the nominees?

Dua Lipa, Arlo Parks, Celeste, rap duo Young T & Bugsey and DJ and producer Joel Corry are all nominated for three awards this year.

Jessie Ware, dance music duo Bicep and rappers AJ Tracey, J Hus and Headie One all scored two nominations apiece.

But the star who will make history tomorrow is Taylor Swift, who is to become the first female artist to win the global icon Brit Award.

The US singer will be presented with the prize on Tuesday during the ceremony.

Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift is to become the first female artist to win the global icon Brit Award
(Image: PA/PA Wire)

Taylor, 31, will also be the youngest person ever to win the Global Icon Award, which is the BRITs’ highest accolade, with the gong previously going to music legends Sir Elton John, David Bowie and Robbie Williams.

She has been recognised for “her immense impact on music across the world and incredible repertoire and achievements to date”, according to the organisers of the awards.

Swift is also nominated in the international female solo artist category ahead of the 2021 ceremony, her sixth Brit Award nomination to date.

“Taylor’s career is unparalleled and her music and influence has resonated with millions of people all over the world,” the Brit Award statement said.

“She’s used her platform to highlight many issues globally and recently has been applauded for her work promoting acceptance of the LGBTQ community.”

Last month Swift landed her seventh UK number one album with Fearless (Taylor’s Version). It was her third chart-topping album in the space of just 259 days.

Check the BRIT awards page for the full list of nominees.

Who will perform at the BRIT Awards 2021?

Swift is not expected to perform at the ceremony, which will be hosted for a fourth time by Jack Whitehall

The show will open with a performance from Coldplay.

Other performers on the night include Dua Lipa, The Weeknd, Olivia Rodgrigo and Headie One.

Rag ‘n’ Bone Man will also play his latest single Anywhere Away From Here, accompanied by the Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust Choir.

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