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How to watch BRIT Awards 2021: Ceremony time, performers and nominees

The 41st edition of the prestigious pop music awards is on tonight.

BRIT Awards 2021
Published: Tuesday, 11th May 2021 at 2:21 pm

In an unconventional awards season that has seen several postponed ceremonies and virtual attendees, the BRITs are stepping up to the plate to offer a close approximation of their standard show.


The annual event, which celebrates the very best in British music, will be the first entertainment awards in some time to have a live audience, with 4,000 people attending under a government pilot scheme.

There are also set to be a number of major performances on the night from the likes of The Weeknd, Dua Lipa, and Coldplay, while P!nk, and Rag'n'Bone Man will be collaborating with the NHS Trust Choir.

Dua Lipa is among the top nominees this year, earning nods in three categories after her latest album Future Nostalgia proved a critical and commercial smash-hit last year.

Other British nominees include Arlo Parks, Jessie Ware and Celeste, while the international category includes a number of huge stars from the US including Taylor Swift, Billie Eilish and Childish Gambino.

This year's winners will be taking home one big multi-coloured BRIT and a smaller silver BRIT designed by artists Es Devlin and Yinka Ilori, allowing recipients to give one trophy away to a friend or loved one if they wish.

If you can't be there in person, don't worry. The event will be broadcast on ITV and we've got everything you need to know about the BRIT Awards 2021, just keep reading.

What time are the BRIT Awards 2021 on TV tonight? 

The Awards will now be aired from Tuesday 11th May 2021 at 8pm on ITV, filmed live from the O2 Arena in London.

The ceremony runs for just over two hours in total, wrapping up at around 10:15pm, with presenter Jack Whitehall helping to ensure the event runs smoothly.

The BRITs are taking place three months later than originally planned, owing to the major disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic this past winter.

By postponing the ceremony, it is hoped that the show will be able to go ahead with the usual "production levels, superstar performances and live excitement," according to organisers.

The date change will reportedly impact the eligibility period for next year's awards.

How to watch BRIT Awards 2021

This year's BRIT Awards will air live on ITV. The show has a reputation for drama, be it planned (amazing performances) or spontaneous (Google Jarvis Cocker), so anything could happen.

If you'd rather watch on your laptop or phone, you have the choice of the ITV Hub or the BRIT Awards YouTube channel, where the event will also be broadcast.

The ceremony will be presented by comedian Jack Whitehall, who is taking on hosting duties for the fourth time. Coldplay, Dua Lipa and Rising Star recipient Griff will be leading this year's performing line-up.

BRIT Awards 2021 nominees

Girl power reigns supreme at this year's BRITs, with Dua Lipa and Celeste leading the nominations, and four of the five Best Album nods going to female artists.

Here's the full list of nominees:

Best Album

  • Arlo Parks, Collapsed In Sunbeams
  • Celeste, Not Your Muse
  • Dua Lipa, Future Nostalgia
  • J Hus, Big Conspiracy
  • Jessie Ware, What's Your Pleasure?

Best British Female

  • Arlo Parks
  • Celeste
  • Dua Lipa
  • Jessie Ware
  • Lianne La Havas

Best British Male

  • AJ Tracey
  • Headie One
  • J Hus
  • Joel Corry
  • Yungblud

Best British group

  • Bicep
  • Biffy Clyro
  • Little Mix
  • The 1975
  • Young T & Bugsey

Best British single

  • 220 Kid & Gracey, Don't Need Love
  • Aitch & AJ Tracey ft Tae Keith, Rain
  • Dua Lipa, Physical
  • Harry Styles, Watermelon Sugar
  • Headie One ft AJ Tracey & Stormzy, Ain't It Different
  • Joel Corry ft MNEK, Head & Heart
  • Nathan Dawe ft KSI, Lighter
  • Regard with Raye, Secrets
  • Simba ft DTG, Rover
  • Young T & Bugsey ft Headie One, Don't Rush

Breakthrough artist

  • Arlo Parks
  • Bicep
  • Celeste
  • Joel Corry
  • Young T & Bugsey

International Female

  • Ariana Grande
  • Billie Eilish
  • Cardi B
  • Miley Cyrus
  • Taylor Swift

International male

  • Bruce Springsteen
  • Burna Boy
  • Childish Gambino
  • Tame Impala
  • The Weeknd

International group

  • BTS
  • Fontaines DC
  • Foo Fighters
  • Haim
  • Run The Jewels

Who'll be performing at the BRIT Awards 2021?

Coldplay have announced a very special performance for this year's BRITs, but they won't actually be in the arena. Instead they'll be singing their new single, Higher Power, on a pontoon on the Thames, a stone's throw from the O2, hoping to create one of those iconic BRIT Awards performances that stands the test of time.

Rag'n'Bone Man and P!nk will be performing too, with the pair singing their new duet Anywhere Away From Here during the ceremony with the Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust Choir.

Similarly, nominated artist Dua Lipa will be performing on the night, as will Headie One and breakout artist Arlo Parks, who'll be making her BRITs debut this year.

Recipient of the 2021 Rising Star Award, Griff will be performing during this year's ceremony as well, while Olivia Rodrigo of Driving Licence fame will be taking to the O2 stage.

Just hours before the event, Channel 4's It's A Sin creator Russell T Davies teased on Instagram that Years & Years frontman Olly Alexander and legendary rock star Elton John could be collaborating at The BRIT Awards 2021, seemingly on a cover of The Pet Shop Boys' It's A Sin.

The exciting development comes after Alexander played the lead role in Russell T Davies emotional AIDS drama of the same name, which aired on Channel 4 earlier this year.

Can I get tickets for the BRIT Awards 2021?

While many worried that there'd be no live audience for the BRIT Awards this year, the event will welcome 4,000 people to watch the 2021 awards live at The 02 Arena in London.

The exciting development is part of the Government's scientific Events Research Programme, which will use enhanced testing approaches to work out how events can take place without the need for social distancing.


While 4,000 tickets were available, 2,500 of them were gifted by the recorded music industry to frontline workers from The Greater London Area.

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