The music industry will give itself one giant pat on the back on Wednesday night, as the Brit Awards 2013 come to London's 02 Arena.

Hosting the ceremony for his fourth year will be the now Tony Award-winning James Corden (if a bout of tonsillitis doesn't get the better of him).

The actor will no doubt be praying everything runs to schedule this year so he's not left cutting off one of the world's most successful recording artists halfway through their acceptance speech.


Adele and James Corden at the 2012 Brits

Adele, seen flicking the finger on live television in 2012, is once again up for an award, this time with her James Bond theme 'Skyfall' nominated in the Best British Single category. It's odds on 1/5 to win, followed by 'X Factor' winner James Arthur's 'Impossible' at 8/1 and Olly Murs' number one 'Troublemaker' at 12/1.

As experience has taught, when it comes to the Brits there are some things you just can't plan for, such as the time Jarvis Cocker mooned at Michael Jackson, but below we bring you the things you can expect from music's biggest bash in its 33rd year...

Who’s going to win?

Say the name Emeli Sande and you often hear a groan these days. It's not that she's a bad singer, but we all had our fill of her in 2012 with her numerous appearances at the Olympic ceremonies and constant radio airplay of her hits like 'Read All About It'.

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Emeli Sande at the 2013 Brits nominations where she came out on top

Continuing her awards streak after the success of her debut number one album 'Our Version Of Events', Sande is now odds on favourite to sweep the board at this year's Brits.

The Scottish singer, who won last year's Critics' Choice gong and had the best-selling album of 2012, is being tipped for double success with bookmakers William Hill offering virtually unbackable odds of 1/6 and 1/10 to pick up Best Album and Best Female respectively.

Leading the way in the Best Male category is singer-songwriter Ben Howard. The 'Only Love' singer has odds of 2/7, with Scottish DJ Calvin Harris at 5/2, ahead of Plan B, Olly Murs and Richard Hawley.

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Ben Howard is expected to win Best Male

Other stars expected to win awards on the night include Frank Ocean, who was previously a ghostwriter for artists such as Brandy, Justin Bieber, and John Legend, for International Male.

After releasing his critically acclaimed debut studio album, Channel Orange, in July 2012, the 'Thinkin Bout You' singer is now a big name in his own right.

Meanwhile, Lana Del Rey is expected to scoop International Female, The Black Keys International Band, massive-sellers Mumford & Sons look likely to win British Group over One Direction and Rita Ora is heading for British Breakthrough, according to the bookies' odds.

See the full list of nominations here

Who’s going to perform?

Robbie Williams - the man who has won more Brit Awards than anyone else, with a huge 17 gongs on his mantlepiece - will dutifully perform. Perhaps a song from his latest number one album 'Take The Crown' or a classic.

British supergroup Muse, up for both British Group and British Live Act, will rock the stage. Meanwhile, Mumford & Sons will add a dose of folk and One Direction will bring some bright and cheerful pop.

Solo artists set to perform include Ben Howard, Emeli Sande (of course) and 'We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together' singer Taylor Swift.

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Taylor Swift will perform

However, the name on most people's lips is Justin Timberlake. He's making a return to the UK with a rendition of 'Mirrors' from his forthcoming third studio album 'The 20/20 Experience', which he first unveiled following his set at the Grammy Awards.

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Justin Timberlake will make a Brits comeback

Rumours abound that Timberlake's recent collaborator Jay-Z will join him on stage, or perhaps even Beyonce - with whom JT has been working on her new album. However, there's been no sign of either US superstar at this week's Brits rehearsals, so fans may just have to be thankful they've got Timberlake back from film land after six years.

What else should we look out for?

Amy Winehouse could become the first posthumous Brits winner after being given a nod in the Best British Female category. It was the first posthumous nomination in Brits history, made on account of her 2012 release 'Lioness: Hidden Treasures', however the bookies currently have Emeli Sande predicted as the winner of that particular prize.

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Amy Winehouse could become the first posthumous Brits winner

Also on the night, gossip lovers will be on the look out for a bust-up between One Directioner Harry Styles and his recent ex Taylor Swift. Swift recently made a dig at Styles during her Grammys performance by mocking a British accent and now organisers are now apparently keeping the two young stars apart during rehearsals.

Finally, don't forget to look out for your invite to Jay-Z's party. He's reportedly splashing out half a million pounds on a party at Hakkasan afterwards. Suits and ties will be a must. Cigars optional.

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  • Brit Awards - Memorable Brits Moments

    <strong>1988: Bananarama and a whole load of semi-naked flesh</strong> Despite promising Brits organisers during rehearsals that they wouldn't include their semi-naked male dancers in their performance, the Bananarama girls went ahead and did it anyway. Naughty. It was also marked the final ever performance of the three original members.

  • Brit Awards - Memorable Brits Moments

    <strong>1989: Sam Fox and Mick Fleetwood show how NOT to present an awards show</strong> Oh where to start? The height difference? The dodgy autocue? Their complete inability to ad lib? Soooo awkward, totally riveting - <a href="" target="_hplink">it was an undiluted shambles of a night.</a>

  • Brit Awards - Memorable Brits Moments

    <strong>1996: Jarvis Cocker storms the stage during Michael Jackson's performance</strong> The Pulp front man took exception to Jacko's performance of <em>Earth Song </em>that culminated with the late King of Pop looking like a 'Christ-like figure' whilst surrounded by a stage full of children. Jarvis was later arrested - and subsequently released without charge - when he was accused of hurting three of the children on stage. Drama!

  • Brit Awards - Memorable Brits Moments

    <strong>1997: Geri Halliwell's Union Jack dress</strong> Spice mania was in full swing both here in the UK and in the US (and well, <em>everywhere</em> really) when the all-conquering Spice Girls took to the Brits stage in 1997. But it was Geri Halliwell's Union Jack dress - a last minute update to the black number she had planned - that really stole the show. The outfit, created by Geri's sister who sewed a tea towel on to the LBD - went on to sell for a record-breaking £41,320 at auction.

  • Brit Awards - Memorable Brits Moments

    <strong>1998: John Prescott gets a soaking</strong> Proving perhaps, that politics and pop really don't mix, when the then Labour Cabinet Minister attended the 1998 bash, indie band Chumbawamba thought they'd let him know exactly how they felt about him getting an invite by throwing a bucket of iced water over the MP. Brrrr. Despite apologies from the band's record label, they were unrepentant, saying: "If John Prescott has the nerve to turn up at events like the Brit Awards in a vain attempt to make Labour seem cool and trendy, then he deserves all we can throw at him."

  • Brit Awards - Memorable Brits Moments

    <strong>2000: Ronnie Wood throws a drink over DJ Brandon Block</strong> A rather errrm, <em>refreshed</em> Brandon Block (remember him? No? Us, neither) took to the stage after his friends told him he'd won an award (he hadn't), cue initial bemusement from on-stage presenters Ronnie Wood, actress Thora Birch and Davina McCall, swiftly followed by insults, which culminated in the Rolling Stones guitarist throwing a drink over the DJ. Like he hadn't already had enough?

  • Brit Awards - Memorable Brits Moments

    <strong>2000: Robbie Williams challenges Liam Gallagher for a fight</strong> After a series of bitchy pot shots from the Oasis front man aimed squarely at Robbie (the most infamous being when he referred to Robbie as "the fat dancer from Take That"), Robbie took the opportunity at the 2000 show to challenge Liam to a scrap. Taking to to the stage, he asked the crowd: "So, anybody like to see me fight Liam? Would you pay to come and see it? 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". Sadly, Lima didn't take him up on his offer. Scaredy pants.

  • Brit Awards - Memorable Brits Moments

    <strong>2003: Justin and Kylie get down and dirty</strong> Justin Timberlake became the envy of men across the nation when he got to grips with her famous behind as she joined him on stage to perform Blondie's 'Rapture' at the 2003 ceremony.

  • Brit Awards - Memorable Brits Moments

    <strong>2004: The booze is back</strong> After alcohol was banned for a few years previously, Brits host Cat Deeley welcomed it back by arriving on the stage on top of a champagne bottle in a sexy ringleader outfit. What they were thinking banning it in the first place is beyond us - the Brits without booze is like Daphne without Celeste.

  • Brit Awards - Memorable Brits Moments

    <strong>2007: Errr, when did Joss Stone become American?</strong> It had been a few years since we'd seen Joss Stone when she presented Best British Male to James Morrison in 2007, and during that time she seemed to have become American. The soul singer baffled audiences with her US twang and bizarre tribute to Robbie Williams as she strutted round the stage like she owned the place.

  • Brit Awards - Memorable Brits Moments

    <strong>2008: Sharon Osbourne vs. Vic Reeves</strong> After Vic Reeves appeared to be slightly under the influence when presenting the Arctic Monkeys with their award for Album Of The Year, host Sharon Osbourne unleashed a four-letter tirade at him, nicking the winner's card and announcing the result herself. What's almost better is Mrs O screaming at the lads to 'hurry up and say something, we're running out of time', before being caught heard asking daughter Kelly, 'what have they come as?'. Skip to 1.53 to see the action.

  • Brit Awards - Memorable Brits Moments

    <strong>2011: Adele becomes a global superstar after performing 'Someone Like You'</strong> How do you silence an arena of 15,000 people? Simple, just get Adele to perform. The Brit singer stole the show at last year's show with her stunning performance of her million-selling hit, 'Someone Like You'. Twelve months later and she's a household name on both sides of the pond.

  • Brit Awards - Memorable Brits Moments

    <strong>2012: Adele flips the bird</strong> The nation was outraged when star of the moment Adele was cut short by James Corden during her acceptance speech for Best Album. She responded by flipping the bird at the Brits bosses for not letting her have her (well deserved) moment. Go on, girl!