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This Wednesday (21/02) will see the stars descend upon London’s O2 Arena for what is usually the most raucous night of the music calendar. For the 38th time audiences around the world will watch with baited breath, as this is an event known for its unpredictability. We blame the booze!

Viewers can tune into ITV at 8pm to see Jack Whitehall take over hosting duties from last year’s pairing – Dermot O’Leary and Birmingham bab Emma Willis. The controversial comic is almost certain to rile some famous feathers in usual fashion, so viewers will want to keep their eyes peeled for that!

Despite its naughty rep, the Brits has a lengthy history of presenting awards to the most deserving winners in industry. Once again, the ceremony will recognise the best talent in Britain and beyond. Here are just some of the nominees for the most anticipated recognitions of the night.

British Male Solo Artist

  • Ed Sheeran
  • Liam Gallagher
  • Loyle Carner
  • Rag N Bone Man
  • StormzyBritish Female Solo Artist
  • Dua Lipa
  • Jessie Ware
  • Kate Tempest
  • Laura Marling
  • Paloma FaithBritish Group
  • Gorillaz
  • London Grammar
  • Royal Blood
  • Wolf Alice
  • TheXXBritish Single
  • Calvin Harris ft Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry, Big Sean – Feels
  • Clean Bandit ft Zara Larsson – Symphony
  • Dua Lipa – New Rules
  • Ed Sheeran – Shape of You
  • JHus–Didyousee?
  • Jax Jones ft Raye – You don’t know me
  • Jonas Blue ft William Singe – Mama
  • Liam Payne ft Quavo – Strip that Down
  • Little Mix – Touch
  • Rag N Bone Man – HumanMastercard British Album of the Year
  • Dua Lipa – Dua Lipa
  • Ed Sheeran – ÷
  • J Hus – Common Sense
  • Rag N Bone Man – Human
  • Stormzy – Gang Signs & PrayerPerformances are always a huge draw for this event too and this year, just as previous, the Brits have the best of the best billed. No doubt the line-up will have us talking for weeks, months and years to come. The stars performing are:
  • Dua Lipa
  • Ed Sheeran
  • Foo Fighters
  • Justin Timberlake
  • Rag N Bone Man ft Jorja Smith
  • Rita Ora
  • Sam Smith
  • Stormzy

Entertainment from the biggest acts on the planet are just one of many selling points for one of music’s most highly publicised evenings. Thousands continue to tune in because over its almost four decade history the Brits has served up some of music’s most memorable moments. Infact, the upcoming ceremony got us thinking about just some of our favourites.

When Robbie offered Liam out.

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On acceptance of the 2000 Best British Single Award after much public mud slinging Robbie offered Liam Gallagher out in a fight. To a screaming crowd the former Take That singer said: ‘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?’. Unfortunately the boxing match we were all hoping to see didn’t come to be and honestly, we’re still a little disappointed!

Adele’s response after her Album of the Year speech is cut off.

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After winning 6 Grammy awards at the beginning of the same year. 2012 also saw Adele awarded with the Brits Album of the Year trophy. However host James Corden was instructed to cut her off mid-way through the speech due to tight scheduling. The London-born singer wasn’t happy about this, to say the very least! And so, responded by waving her middle finger in the air to ‘the suits’ who ruined her big moment.

THAT Spice Girls performance

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The girls stormed the stage in 1997 with a high- energy performance of hits Wannabe & Who do you think you are? A show that would later go on to win the most memorable performance of the

ceremony’s 30 year history. Ginger’s Union Jack dress (made from a tea towel!) captured a generation and became an icon of the 90’s era.

Click here for more info on the awards, nominees and performances. http://www.brits.co.uk/