The biggest night in British music is finally here – the 2023 Brit awards.
For the first time ever, this year’s event will take place on a Saturday night (11 February).
The Brits will be presented by returning host Mo Gilligan at the O2 Arena. The comedian took over hosting duties from Jack Whitehall last year.
For those not in attendance at tonight’s ceremony, viewers can tune in from home.
Red carpet coverage will begin on ITV2 from 7.30pm. Music fans will then have to switch over to ITV1 where the ceremony – including a number of confirmed live performances – will be broadcast from 8.30pm until 10.45pm.
The full list of nominations were announced in January. Wet Leg, Harry Styles, Stormzy, Arctic Monkey, and The 1975 are among the acts up for some of the evening’s top prizes.
The frontman of the latter band was recently embroiled in controversy over a podcast interview during which he and the hosts mocked Japanese, Hawaiian and Scottish people.
This is the second year that the Brits have introduced gender-neutral categories. There has been backlash, however, to the all-male contender list for this year’s Artist of the Year prize.
Follow along with live updates from the night here…
R&B trio and the winners of this year’s Rising Star award FLO have arrived at the Brit Awards, as the red carpet gets underway on the biggest night in British music.
Jorja Douglas, Stella Quaresma and Renée Downer donned matching burgundy leather looks for their Brits appearance.
Maanya Sachdeva11 February 2023 17:52
Social media star and Chicken Shop Date host Amelia Dimoldenberg will be catching up with celebrities on the Brits red carpet later this evening.
Maanya Sachdeva11 February 2023 17:34
Stars begin arriving for 2023 Brit Awards
Stars have begun arriving at the 2023 Brit Awards, taking place this evening. You can follow all the action unfolding at the O2 Arena in London here:
Maanya Sachdeva11 February 2023 17:14
Sam Smith says all-male Artist of the Year category ‘is a shame’
Sam Smith was among those to share their “frustration” after no female artists were nominated for Best Artist.
“It is a shame,” they said “Things are moving forward, but it’s obvious it’s not there yet. From seeing that [Best Artist] list, there is still a long way to go.”
The accolade will, instead, go to Stormzy, Harry Styles, George Ezra, Fred Again or Central Cee.
Annabel Nugent11 February 2023 17:00
‘One step forward, three steps back’
This year’s awards cermeony is not without controversy.
After the nominees were announced last month, many people spoke out against the fact there are zero women nominated in the gender-neutral Artist of the Year category.
Annabel Nugent11 February 2023 16:30
Brits introduces gender-neutral categories in 2022
This is the second year that the Brits will have gender-neutral categories.
The move had previously been called for by artists including Sam Smith and Will Young, who said gendered categories excluded non-binary musicians.
Annabel Nugent11 February 2023 16:00
What happened at the Brits 2022?
The Brits took place on 8 February last year, with Adele scooping up the prize for Artist of the Year.
From Anne-Marie’s fall to Ed Sheeran’s unlikely collaboration with Bring Me The Horizon, here’s everything that went down at the Brits last year…
Annabel Nugent11 February 2023 15:30
Who is Mo Gilligan?
The Masked Singer judge recently spoke to The Independent’s Isobel Lewis about hosting the Brits during an in-depth interview.
You can read the full piece – in which he also speaks about gentrification and staying grounded – here…
Annabel Nugent11 February 2023 15:00
Who is hosting this year’s Brit awards?
Comedian Mo Gilligan will be hosting the Brit awards for a second time, after having taken over presenting duties from Jack Whitehall.
Annabel Nugent11 February 2023 14:30
Who will be performing tonight?
Big names performing tonight include Lizzo, Harry Styles, and Stormzy. See the full list here…
Annabel Nugent11 February 2023 14:00