Peter Kay will host The BRIT Awards 2010, broadcast live from London’s Earls Court Arena on Tuesday 16th February 2010. The show will bring millions of viewers the winners, the glamour and the stunning performances that have made The BRIT Awards the ultimate ‘must see’ televised event in British music.

BRIT Awards 2010

We British folk relish the opportunity to show our patriotism – after all we haven’t had an awful lot to shout about in recent times; although we remain hopeful, the England football team hasn’t scored the World Cup since 1966. The highlight of recent quintessentially British Royal Variety Performance came in the shape of latest US pop export, Lady Gaga. Even Celebrity Big Brother’s usual Z-list line-up is littered with US stars for 2010, including R&B singer Sisqo, Hollywood actor Stephen Baldwin and ‘Hollywood Madam’ Heidi Fleiss. The BRITs (as the awards are more fondly known), however, allow us to honour a wealth of home grown talent and unleash our patriotic fervour.

The BRIT Awards has reached its 30th year of celebrating the best in British music, a phenomenal achievement for an awards ceremony that holds a special place in the nation’s hearts – aaah! Ahead of the big ceremony, ‘The BRITs Hits 30’ will be broadcast on Saturday 23rd January to commemorate 30 years of The Brits and look back at some of the most iconic BRIT moments (think Pulp singer Jarvis Cocker’s boycotting of Michael Jackson’s ‘Earth Song’ performance, Geri Halliwell and that Union Jack dress and Robbie Williams’ challenging Oasis singer Liam Gallagher to a televised fight!).

Geri Halliwell Union Jack dress

Former Spice Girl, Mel B, will host the show and take us on a trip down memory lane with performances from Kylie, Scissor Sisters, The Bee Gees, Eurythmics, The Spice Girls, Bros, The Who, Coldplay, Kanye West, Paul McCartney, Take That, Robbie Williams dueting with Tom Jones, The Pet Shop Boys, Girls Aloud and of course Michael Jackson.

The public will have the opportunity to vote for their favourite performance by going to the BRITs voting page until February 5th when voting will close.  The winner will then accept their award for ‘Most Memorable BRITs Performance of 30 years’ at The BRITs.

Nominees for each of the other categories are yet to be announced. The BRITs Academy have the job of deciding who cuts the grade and their chosen nominees won’t be revealed until The BRIT Awards Nominations Launch which will take place at IndigO2 at London’s O2 on Monday 18th January. Candidates will then battle it out in each category for the all important BRIT trophies.

One lucky lady, Ellie Goulding (who featured in our New Music 2010 blog) has already bagged herself the Critics’ Choice Award and will perform live at the launch alongside other category nominees and breakthrough acts before collecting her award at The BRITs.

Ellie Goulding
2009 was a great year for the likes of Florence and the Machine (previous recipient of the Critics’ Choice Award), Little Boots, La Roux and Pixie Lott so we predict they will pop up amongst this year’s nominees. Despite this year’s X-Factor winner, Joe McElderry, failing to hit the Christmas top spot, we predict the likes of Alexandra Burke, JLS and Leona Lewis may be in the running for a BRIT or two.

Here’s a reminder of the awards that are up for grabs:
•    British Female Solo Artist
•    British Male Solo Artist
•    British Breakthrough Act
•    British Group
•    MasterCard British Album
•    British Single
•    BRITs Album of 30 Years
•    The BRITs Hits 30
•    International Female Solo Artist
•    International Male Solo Artist
•    International Album
•    International Breakthrough Act
•    Critics’ Choice: Ellie Goulding
•    Outstanding Contribution Award: Robbie Williams

Who do you think could be in with a chance this year? We’d love to hear your thoughts…

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