It’s never a quiet evening when it comes to the BRIT awards – from Madonna tumbling to fisty cuffs, there’s always plenty of action.
We already know when the awards will be held this year, February 21, so what else do we know?
When are the awards?
February 21 at The O2 London for the eight year running.
Who has been nominated?
We’ll find out on Saturday, January 13, in a live show presented by Emma Willis. There will be live performances from Paloma Faith, Clean Bandit, J Hus, Jorja Smith and Liam Payne kicking off on The BRITs Are Coming at 5.45pm on ITV.
Emma said: “I am delighted to be back hosting ‘The BRITs Are Coming’, it’s always a fun show to be involved in and I can’t wait to find out which acts have been nominated in 2018.”
Who is hosting?
Last year Emma Willis and Dermot O’Leary took the helm. This year, Jack Whitehall is taking over the reigns.
Who is performing?
Sam Smith, Ed Sheeran, Stomrzy and Dua Lipa are all confirmed.
How can I watch the awards?
ITV will stream the event live, from 6pm on February 21.
How can you get tickets?
Mastercard holders were able to get tickets to The BRIT Awards 2018, during an exclusive priority booking period between 15 – 27 December.
To find out more about tickets click here .
Who has won Critics Choice?
Jorja Smith took the prize this year.
Who has been nominated?
Pop back after the January 13 show for the full list of nominations.
We’ve taken a look back at some of the best ever happenings on the BRITs stage – from swearing, to flipping the bird, to being birthed out of a massive vagina.
The BRITs have seen it all, and there’s bound to be a long list of memorable moments on the 2018 show. But for now, let’s relieve the best moments in BRITS history…
Madonna falling over (2015)
Madonna always puts on a good show, and 2015’s BRITs wasn’t going to be an exception, when Madge came as Matador Madonna for a performance of Living For Love. That was, until a dancer stood on her giant cape and she took a tumble. Madonna’s first BRITs performance for 20 years and all it’s remembered for is for a big massive fall.
Sam Fox and Mick Fleetwood (1989)
The mismatched pairing of the page three model and ageing rock star proved to be the worst hosting performance in Brits history. The autocue broke down, the pair repeatedly hashed their lines and several guests appearances were mixed up on stage. The show was panned and the awards’ reputation took a significant knock. And it’s now written in the statutes of law that any BRITs presenting duo which bombs on the night has to be forever spoken about in the same breath as Sam and Mick until the end of time.
Kylie and Justin Timberlake (2003)
Kylie and Justin set tongues wagging when they got up close and personal during a rendition of Blondie’s Rapture, and Justin copped a feel of the most famous derriere pre-Kardashian era.
Jarvis Cocker’s stage invasion (1996)
The Pulp singer chose to vent his frustration at Michael Jackson’s overblown performance of Earth Song by jumping on stage and pretending to moon the audience as the King of Pop belted out his hit.
Geri Halliwell’s boob flash (1997)
Six months after the girl band burst onto the pop scene, Ginger Spice Geri took to the Brits stage in a Union Jack dress that left little to the imagination. But the audience didn’t need much imagination when the redhead changed into a red sequin gown to accept their award… and suffered a wardrobe malfunction on the way to the stage.
Geri Halliwell’s live birth extravaganza (2000)
Gezza thrilled the nation once again by beginning her performance of the excellent Bag It Up slap bang in the middle of a pair of giant legs, being birthed out of the bits of a giant partially dismembered Ginger Spice – because she was now a solo artist. Why should metaphors ever be subtle?
Chumbawamba and John Prescott (1998)
Band member Danbert Nobacon threw a bucket of iced water over then Labour cabinet member John Prescott. The band were unapologetic, later saying: ““If John Prescott has the nerve to turn up at events like the Brit Awards in a vain attempt to make Labour seem cool and trendy, then he deserves all we can throw at him.
Harry Styles at the loo (2014)
One Direction won the Global Success Award, but only four made it on stage to collect it (and this was when Zayn was still a paid-up Directioner). Liam asked the audience, “Has anyone seen a curly-headed one? I don’t know where you are Harry” and as if by magic Harry bounded on stage, apologising: “I’m sorry, I was having a wee. The toilets were ages away.”
Robbie Williams and Liam Gallagher (2000)
As tensions between the ex-Take That star and Oasis were at an all time high, Robbie used his acceptance speech to offer singer Liam Gallagher a fight. Robbie said: “”So, anybody like to see me fight Liam? Would you pay to come and see it? Liam, a hundred grand of your money and a hundred grand of my money. We’ll get in a ring and we’ll have a fight and you can all watch it on TV, what d’you think about that?” Needless to say, he was quickly usher off stage.
Cat Deeley astride a giant champagne bottle (2004)
To celebrate the return of booze to the BRITs – yes, they banned alcohol for a number of years, bet it was a hoot – presenter Cat Deeley mounted a Jereboam-crushing bottle of champers to mark the show well and truly open.
Joss Stone becoming American (2007)
Being away from the public eye lends itself to reinvention and learning new skills. Which for British singer Joss Stone came in the form of an American accent. Joss was presenting the award from Best British Male to James Morrison (lol) and confused every living thing with her US accent, incessant arm waving and stage-pacing, and Austin Powers-lite frock.
Ronnie Wood and Brandon Block (2000)
The dance DJ was so drunk when his friends joked that he had won an award that he staggered onto stage to accept it, interrupting Ronnie Wood’s speech. When the Rolling Stones legend aimed an insult in his direction, Block broke free from security and squared up to the ageing rocker. Wood retaliated by throwing a drink in his face.
Alex Turner’s mic drop (2014)
“Invoice me for the microphone,” quipped the Arctic Monkeys frontman after winning Best Album for AM, apropros of nothing other than being an unnecessarily massive tool.
Russell Brand (2007)
The comedian was a controversial host choice for the awards and the loose canon lived up to expectations, making uncomfortable jokes about a British soldier being killed in friendly fire, the Queen’s “naughty bits” and Robbie Williams drug rehab. As a result, ITV1 received over 300 complaints.
Cheryl doing Fight For This Love (2010)
Cheryl, in her new guise as solo artist, took to the stage and performed her stomping debut single just days after cheating allegations emerged about her marriage to Ashley Cole. What a trooper.
Sharon Osbourne and Vic Reeves (2008)
Sharon was on typical mouthy form when he gave the Shooting Stars host a tongue lashing on stage believing he was too drunk to present an award. She raged: “You’re p*****. P*** off you b******!” Reeves later claimed the incident was an autocue malfunction and he was hurt by Osbourne’s behaviour.
Jess Glynne’s hair and outfit combo (2016)
It was quite the look, wasn’t it?
Arctic Monkeys (2008)
The band turned up to the awards dressed in traditional English country and hunting dress, even carrying a plastic duck. They later unleashed a foul-mouthed tirade about the Brits school during their acceptance speech, forcing TV bosses to pull it from the show.
Adele doing Someone Like You (2011)
She’s behind two of the biggest and best BRITs moments, and this one was truly spine-tingling. Her performance of Someone Like You left not a dry eye in London’s O2 Arena.
Liam Gallagher and Peter Kay (2010)
The Oasis frontman made a surprise appearance to accept his award for Best Brits album of the past 30 years and gave a rambling and foul-mouthed acceptance speech. He then threw his microphone into the crowd which caused a 10 minute delay. Host comedian Peter Kay eventually came back on stage and referred to Liam’s actions saying: “What a knobhead.”
Nadine Coyle forgetting her passport (2008)
Adding another highly improbable happening to the Nadine Coyle’s A Series Of Unfortunate Events series, Girls Aloud were up for Best British Group but were at the ceremony as a foursome. Like she had done with her date of birth years earlier, Nadine misplaced her passport and couldn’t make the journey from LA to London.
“I just wanted to let you all know how frustrating it is losing your passport,” she explained. “I lost it somewhere over here (LA) and wasn’t able to make it back. That’s the only reason I wasn’t there! Hello? I’d love to have spent the night with my girls.”
Adele blamed her outburst on ‘the suits, not the fans’ after she was cut off by James Corden while giving her acceptance speech for Best Album, because the live televised show was behind schedule.
A terrified looking James told her: “I’m so so sorry, I can’t believe I’m going to do this…”
Realising that she was being hurried along by BRIT bosses who needed to get Blur on stage for the final performance, Adele said: “Oh alright, I’m sorry and I’ll see you this time next year!”
She then flashed her middle finger at the cameras before storming off as Corden said quickly: “Ladies and gentleman, it’s Blur.”
Lorde’s tribute to David Bowie (2016)
Lorde was praised for her tasteful tribute to the recently passed star, doing a pared-down and unstarry performance of Life On Mars, which was dubbed ‘moving’ by many.
Kylie, James Corden and Mat Horne (2009)
The BRITS went rogue and decided three was better than one or two and got the then Gavin & Stacey stars to hook up with Kylie Minogue to host. They opened the show with Can’t Get You Out Of My Head and it was a joy.