Brit Awards 2012 Preview: What To Look Forward To From UK Music's Big Night
The Brit Awards will take place at London's 02 Arena tomorrow night, with some of the music industry's biggest stars due to attend. Here's what you can expect from this year's bash:
Although Adele gave her comeback performance, after five months off due to vocal surgery, at the Grammys last week, the Brits will still mark a big occasion for the singer, a homecoming of sorts, as she takes to the same stage that last year played host to her sensational performance of Someone Like You and set the wheels in motion for her record-breaking year.
In the awards stakes she looks hard to beat and bookmaker Ladbroke's has the Rolling In The Deep singer as favourite to win the female category as well as the big prize on the night, Best Album, for 21, which has sold more than 17m copies.
Odds weren't offered on the best single, but few would be surprised to see her also take home the Peter Blake-designed statuette for Someone Like You.
Acoustic guitar-strumming singer Ed Sheeran, who has bagged more Brit nominations than anyone else this year, is also likely to pick up an award but in the face of the Adele juggernaut, he may have to make do with being Best Male.
The Lego House singer's album + has sold a million copies, however he has yet to convince some critics that he lives up to the hype.
Other stars who will be honoured include Blur for their Outstanding Contribution To Music and Heaven singer Emeli Sande, who has been named the Critics' Choice.
Lost Stars To Be Remembered
Organisers have reportedly adjusted the event's timings to be able to pay homage to these two extraordinary talents.
"Something would feel missing if both their legacies weren't remembered at the show."
Just how they will be remembered has not been revealed, let us know who you think could or should perform one of their hits tomorrow below...
Blur, who last sang on the Brits stage in 1995 when the UK was in the grip of Britpop fever, are due to make a rare television appearance and band member Alex James recently hinted it might be their last ever performance as a band.
James Corden, who will host the event, has told Xfm: "Blur will perform for 11 minutes at the end of the show - more than anyone has been given before for the Outstanding Contribution To Music Award."
He also confirmed Coldplay are opening the show, adding: "They have spent a fortune on pyrotechnics to make it something really special."
Meanwhile, all eyes will be on Adele as she takes to the stage once again after stealing the show at the 2011 Brits and the Grammys last week.
Sheeran, X Factor runner-up Olly Murs and American artists Bruno Mars and Rihanna will also perform, along with newly-solo star Noel Gallagher, who last performed with Oasis in 2007, and Florence & The Machine who's currently riding on the success of her second album Ceremonials.
The performance line-up, although filled with chart topping hitmakers, is still diverse, especially if We Found Love singer Rihanna performs in her usual half-naked manner, Adele belts out a ballad and Gallagher displays his trademark irreverence.