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Everything You Need to Know About the 2017 Brit Awards

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Music Editor
Updated: 28 February 2017
Adele famously gave producers the middle finger after her speech was cut short, Madonna fell off the stage after being dragged down a flight of stairs by her cloak and Jarvis Cocker flashed his bum at Michael Jackson. Read on for who is performing and where to watch this year’s action.

Yes, the Brit Awards are never short of controversy and this year’s ceremony promises to be even more spectacular.

Here’s everything you need – and want – to know about this year’s Brit Awards.

When is it?

The ceremony will take place on Wednesday February 22, at London’s O2 Arena.

Where can I watch?

The Brits will air at 7.30pm on ITV.

Michael Buble pulled out as host | ©Richard Isaac / REX / Shutterstock
Michael Buble pulled out as host | ©Richard Isaac/REX/Shutterstock

Who’s hosting?

Michael Buble was forced to pull out after his son Noah was diagnosed with cancer. X Factor’s Dermot O’Leary and Big Brother’s Emma Willis will be replacing him on hosting duties.

‘Firstly, my immediate thoughts and prayers are with Michael and his family at such a difficult time’, O’Leary said as the news was announced.

‘Michael is an effortless showman, so those patent shoes will not be easy to fill, but it’s an honour to be asked to step in with Emma to host the Brits.’

Who’s performing?

Katy Perry, Ed Sheeran, Robbie Williams, Skepta, Little Mix, Bruno Mars, Emeli Sande and The 1975 have been confirmed to perform on the night but it’s the Brits so expect a few surprises.

Can I get still tickets?

A limited number of tickets are still available on the O2 website, priced at £105 (plus fees) but only on level 4.

Robbie Williams will recede his 18th Brit Award | © Chris Lever / REX / Shutterstock
Robbie Williams will receive his 18th Brit Award | ©Chris Lever/REX/Shutterstock

Who’s getting this year’s Brits Icon Award?

Robbie Williams will be awarded the prestigious accolade this year, making it his 18th Brit Award.

‘It’s kind of that big an achievement that it’s hard to work out why I’ve got 18 Brits and no-one else has. It’s f**king odd’, he told Digital Spy.

‘Why hasn’t Paul McCartney got 18? Why hasn’t Elton John? Why has a half decent singer who can’t dance very well from Stoke got 18? It feels like a glitch in the Matrix.’

Who’s nominated?

Are you ready?

British Single with Capital

Alan Walker – ‘Faded’
Calum Scott – ‘Dancing On My Own’
Calvin Harris feat. Rihanna – ‘This Is What You Came For’
Clean Bandit feat. Sean Paul & Anne-Marie – ‘Rockabye’
James Arthur – ‘Say You Won’t Let Go’
Jonas Blue feat. Dakota – ‘Fast Car’
Little Mix – ‘Shout Out To My Ex’
Tinie Tempah feat. Zara Larsson – ‘Girls Like’
ZAYN – ‘Pillowtalk’

Mastercard British Album Of The Year

The 1975 – ‘I Like It When You Sleep For You Are Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It’
David Bowie – ‘Blackstar’
Kano – ‘Made In The Manor’
Michael Kiwanuka – ‘Love & Hate’
Skepta – ‘Konnichiwa’

British Female Solo Artist

Anohni
Ellie Goulding
Emeli Sandé
Lianne La Havas
Nao

British Male Solo Artist

Craig David
David Bowie
Kano
Michael Kiwanuka
Skepta

British Artist Video Of The Year

Adele – ‘Send My Love To Your New Lover’
Calvin Harris feat. Rihanna – ‘This Is What You Came For’
Clean Bandit feat. Sean Paul & Anne-Marie – ‘Rockabye’
Coldplay – Hymn For The Weekend’
James Arthur – ‘Say You Won’t Let Go’
Jonas Blue feat. Dakota – ‘Fast Car’
Little Mix feat. Sean Paul – ‘Hair’
One Direction – ‘History’
Tinie Tempah feat. Zara Larsson – ‘Girls Like’
ZAYN – ‘Pillowtalk’

British Breakthrough Act

Anne-Marie
Blossoms
Rag’n’Bone Man
Skepta
Stormzy

British Group

The 1975
Bastille
Biffy Clyro
Little Mix
Radiohead

International Male Solo Artist

Bon Iver
Bruno Mars
Drake
Leonard Cohen
The Weeknd

International Female Solo Artist

Beyoncé
Christine and the Queens
Rihanna
Sia
Solange

International Group

A Tribe Called Quest
Drake & Future
Kings of Leon
Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds
Twenty One Pilots

Critics’ Choice

WINNER: Rag’n’Bone Man
Anne-Marie
Dua Lipa