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Harry Styles has four nominations at this year’s Brits Awards. (Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for The Recording Academy)
The 2023 Brit Awards are finally here.
Some of the biggest names in British music, including Harry Styles and Stormzy, are set to attend tonight’s glitzy ceremony at London’s O2 Arena.
Here’s everything you need to know about the Brits, including the nominees and performers.
When are the 2023 Brit Awards?
The 2023 Brit Awards will take place tonight, Saturday, 11 February.
Comedian Mo Gilligan will present the ceremony, having co-hosted last year’s event with Love Island’s Maya Jama.
Mo Gilligan will host the Brits for a second consecutive year. (Brit Awards)
He told the BBC he would “more confident” and “a bit calmer than last year”.
He said: “I was just excited to be out in front of 20,000 people. Everyone was back, it was almost like a bit of a welcome back show a little bit.
“What you could expect is a bit more controlled chaos on my behalf.”
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How can I watch the Brits live?
The awards show will be broadcast live on ITV1 between 8.30pm and 10.45pm. It can also be streamed on ITVX.
The red carpet event will be shown on ITV2 and ITVX from 7.30pm, with coverage hosted by Maya Jama, Roman Kemp and Clara Amfo.
Harry Styles and indie-rock duo Wet Leg lead the nominations at this year’s Brits, having secured four each.
Former One Direction star Styles earned nods for album of the year (for Harry’s House), song of the year (for As It Was), artist of the year and best pop/R&B act.
Wet Leg are nominated for album of the year (for their self-titled debut), group of the year, best new artist and best alternative rock act.
Rhian Teasdale and Hester Chambers of Wet Leg. (Frederic J. Brown/AFP)
Stormzy, The 1975, Cat Burns and Fred Again all scored three nominations each.
Three winners have already been announced ahead of the ceremony:
David Guetta – producer of the year
Kid Harpoon – songwriter of the year
Flo – rising star award
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What’s the controversy over gender?
The Brits sparked a backlash after failing to nominate any women for artist of the year, having scrapped its male and female categories in 2021.
Sam Smith, who is non-binary and spoke out in favour of genderless categories before the change, said the shortlist showed there is “still a long way to go”.
Sam Smith (with Kim Petras) criticised the all-male shortlist for best artist. (Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for The Recording Academy)
And former All Saints singer Shaznay Lewis said female stars now face feeling “disregarded and excluded”.
A Brits spokesperson admitted the all-male shortlist was “disappointing” but said 2022 “saw fewer high-profile women artists in cycle with major releases”.
Across the board, 42% of this year’s nominations went to female artists or female-fronted bands, down from 46% last year.
Harry Styles leads the line-up of performers for the 2023 Brits, days after winning the prestigious album of the year prize at the Grammys.
The Watermelon Sugar star will share the bill with Lizzo, Stormzy, Lewis Capaldi, Wet Leg, Flo and Cat Burns.
The line-up also includes Sam Smith and Kim Petras, who will perform their chart-topping collaboration Unholy.
French DJ and producer David Guetta will be joined on stage by British stars Becky Hill and Ella Henderson.
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