Get Ready for The Brits 2017

Wednesday on ITV, Dermot O’Leary and Emma Willis host the star-studded ceremony that is The Brits 2017, live from The O2, London. The show features performances from some of the biggest names in music including Robbie Williams, Emeli Sandé, Little Mix, Skepta, Ed Sheeran and Bruno Mars.

The BRIT Awards 2017 with Mastercard exclusively broadcast live on ITV – Wednesday 22nd February 2017 from The O2 Arena, London

Katy Perry will give her first UK TV appearance in three years. Katy Perry: “I’m excited to come back to one of my favorite countries, where most of my favorite musical influences come from. After 3 years, I’m excited to return to the BRITs’ stage to kick off a new era of purposeful pop.”

Skepta receives three nominations for British Male Solo Artist, British Breakthrough Act and Mastercard British Album of the Year for the critically acclaimed album ‘Konnichiwa’. His first ever BRIT Award nominations follow a phenomenal year including his highest ever chart success.

Little Mix have continued to go from strength to strength with the phenomenal reaction to their recent album ‘Glory Days’, which spent four weeks at Number 1 last year. The lead track ‘Shout Out To My Ex’ secured the group a nomination for British Single  and ‘Hair’ ft. Sean Paul for British Artist Video of the Year, topped off with a Best British Group nomination further cementing their place as the UK’s biggest girlband. The band will also perform at this year’s ceremony as well as The 1975 and Emeli Sandé.

David Bowie and Leonard Cohen have both been recognised posthumously with nominations for British Male Solo Artist and International Male Solo Artist respectively. David Bowie’s final album ‘Blackstar’ has also been recognised in the Mastercard British Album of the Year category.

The International Female Solo Artist is a family affair with sisters Beyoncé and Solange going up against each other. Rihanna also receives her sixth nomination in this category having previously won the award twice.

Nominated in both British Single and British Artist Video of the Year, two nominations go to Calvin Harris ft. Rihanna – ‘This Is What You Came For’, Coldplay – ‘Hymn For The Weekend’, James Arthur – Say You Won’t Let Go’, Jonas Blue ft. Dakota – ‘Fast Car’, Tinie Tempah ft. Zara Larsson – ‘Girls Like’, Clean Bandit ft. Sean Paul & Anne-Marie – ‘Rockabye’ and Zayn – ‘Pillowtalk’.

Also receiving two nominations each Kano (British Male Solo Artist, Mastercard British Album of the Year), Michael Kiwanuka (British Male Solo Artist, Mastercard British Album of the Year) and The 1975 (British Group, Mastercard British Album of the Year),

Jason Iley, BRITs Chairman said: “The 2017 BRIT nominations reflect a diverse and rich year in music both in the UK and internationally.  Huge artists from the past, present and future are represented. From pop, to indie, to grime, to rock; it’s a brilliant and varied roll call of talent – a fantastic showcase for what’s happening in music right now.”

The BRIT Awards 2017 compilation album, released through Universal Music on Friday 17th February, is now available to pre-order. The hit packed album celebrates the biggest tracks of the year from the best talent in music including The Weeknd, Ellie Goulding, Zara Larsson, Little Mix, Sia, James Arthur, Clean Bandit, and Christine and the Queens along with Critics’ Choice winner Rag’n’Bone Man.

2017 will celebrate the Awards 37th show since its debut year in 1977 (which was followed by a short break of a couple of years). The BRIT Awards have established themselves as a global music institution that annually celebrates UK chart and commercial successes. Last year (2016) The BRITs celebrated an incredible night in British music with Adele picking up four Awards as well as giving a show stopping performance. The Awards raised an incredible £265k for Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy and The BRIT Trust from live performance downloads and streams from the ceremony. The BRIT Awards annually raises funds for The BRIT Trust charity, whose main beneficiaries are the BRIT School for Performing Arts & Technology, Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy and other selected charities. To date, over £16.8million has been raised for The BRIT Trust charity.

Apple Music is the official music streaming and download partner for The BRIT Awards 2017, presenting the Best British Female and Male categories.