How to watch BRIT Awards 2021: Ceremony air date and nominees

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

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 18: (EDITORIAL USE ONLY) Lewis Capaldi accepts the Song of the Year Award during The BRIT Awards 2020 at The O2 Arena on February 18, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)

The BRITs isn’t your average awards ceremony: this is an event with a party atmosphere, where anything can happen, and the business of giving out gongs often gets overshadowed by headline-grabbing onstage antics.


It’s also the place where careers can get a huge boost with unforgettable performances, from Geri Halliwell dancing in a Union Jack dress to Adele’s stunningly emotional performance of Someone Like You.

This year’s show promises all the same drama, despite being pushed back by coronavirus restrictions.

Here’s our handy guide to the rescheduled 41st BRIT Awards, and how you can get involved.

When are the BRIT Awards 2021? 

The Awards will now take place on Tuesday 11th May 2021 at the O2 Arena in London. The start time is yet to be confirmed.

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

The change is being enacted to ensure that the show can still go ahead with the usual “production levels, superstar performances and live excitement,” according to organisers.

“We believe that the best way to achieve this in 2021 is to move the show back a few months to May,” said the chief executive of The BRITS, Geoff Taylor.

“We are already at work planning a spectacular event that will remind us how important music has been in getting us all through these difficult times.”

The date change will also reportedly see an alteration to 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. Dua Lipa and Rising Star recipient Griff will be leading this year’s performing line-up, which is yet to be fully announced. We will keep this page updated with more news as we have it.

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

Can I get tickets for the BRIT Awards 2021?

Usually it’s possible to attend the BRITs in person, with lots of different ticket packages available. However, the UK government has stated that 17th May is the earliest date at which large gatherings and events, including concerts, will be permitted. That’s six days after the BRIT Awards takes place, so it won’t be possible to buy a ticket this year. We’ll have to make do with watching from the sofa instead.

If you’re looking for more to watch, check out our TV Guide.