10/01/2018 14:18 GMT | Updated 20/02/2018 07:42 GMT

When Is The Brit Awards 2018? Date, Tickets, Nominations And Everything Else You Need To Know...

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Awards season may be well under way in the US, but some of the hottest events taking place here in the UK are still weeks away - including the biggest night in British music, the Brit Awards.

The 2018 event isn’t on until late February and organisers are currently in the process of revealing all the info gans will need on the night, including who’s up for which awards, and the acts that will be performing on the night.

As you tick off the days until the big night, we’re keeping track of all the latest updates. Here’s everything you need to know about this year’s ceremony…

When are they on?

The Brits take place at London’s O2 Arena on Wednesday 21 February at 7.30pm.

Can I get tickets? 

Yes! But it will set you back a fair bit of cash and there are just a handful of tickets left. See all avaliable seats and purchase them here

Ah. How can I tune in at home?

All the action from the ceremony will be screened live - well, nearly, as the usual 30-second delay will be put in place to make sure any cheeky swear words aren’t broadcast to the nation - on ITV.

You’ll also be able to see the stars arriving on the red carpet via a live stream on the Brit Awards’ official Facebook page.

Who’s nominated?

Dua Lipa is the most nominated artist of 2018, with five nominations to her name, including Best British Album and Best British Single for ‘New Rules’, which also got a nod in the British Video category.

Ed Sheeran follows on four nominations, with Rag’n’Bone Man just behind on three, while Stormzy, J Hus, Clean Bandit and Little Mix each received two.

Intriguingly, absent from the list of nominees was Sam Smith, whose sophomore album ‘The Thrill Of It All’ topped the charts in 2017, though he will be performing on the night.

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And one Brit Award has already been handed out?

The Critics’ Choice winner is traditionally announced long before the ceremony takes place, and Jorja received her prize back in December. Speaking at the time, the singer said the win was “such a special way to end the year”.

“It’s been an unforgettable 2017 during which I’ve fulfilled so many of my dreams,” she added.

The British Producer Of The Year has also been named already, with Steve Mac - who co-wrote and produced ‘Shape Of You’ - collecting the accolade.

Liam Payne, Rita Ora and Pink are among the other stars Steve has worked with.

“I feel truly humbled to receive this prestigious award, especially as it’s voted for by my peers who I greatly respect,” he said. “This really is the icing on the cake at the end of such an amazing year, not only for me personally but for British music.”

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Rita Ora 

Who’s performing?

So far, the organisers have confirmed seven of the acts that will be taking to the stage, with British stars Dua Lipa, Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith and Stormzy being the first ones announced.

Only one international act, Foo Fighters, have been announced as performing so far, but there are plenty more announcements to come in the next few weeks, so watch this space.

In late January, Rita Ora was added to the ever-growing list, with Liam Payne also set to join her during her performance for a rendition of their duet ‘For You’, while Justin Timberlake was also a later edition to the line-up.

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Who’s hosting?

Jack Whitehall is in charge of proceedings for the first time ever, taking over from 2017 hosts Dermot O’Leary and Emma Willis.

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The comedian has experience of hosting high-profile events, having previously presented the Royal Variety Performance.

He’s also attended the Brit Awards a number of times, presenting a prize with Jessie J in 2012.  

Who designed the trophy this year?

Anish Kapoor created this year’s eye-catching statuette, which sees the iconic Britannia figure encased in red plastic:

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Jorja Smith with her 2018 Critics' Choice Award 

“Sculpture is often a process of positive and negative form,” the one-time Turner Prize winner said of the design. “I have made the award using both.”

What do the celebs do after?

When the official ceremony is done and dusted, the real fun begins. Record labels Warner, Sony and Universal traditionally engage in a game of ‘Who can throw the swankiest bash?’, hiring out huge venues in central London and stocking the bars with limitless amounts of bubbles.

Last year, HuffPost UK spotted Stormzy and Maisie Williams catching up at the Warner bash, while Ed Sheeran left shoeless.

Not all the stars hit up the big parties though, and one of the tightest guest lists of the night was in operation in Soho, where Skepta threw a more intimate bash.

Who were the big winners last year?

With two posthumous gongs, the late, great David Bowie was the biggest winner on the night, while - despite the hype - Stormzy missed out on winning in either of the two categories he was nominated in.

Little Mix brought some much-needed giddiness to the evening when they (finally) won their first ever Brit Award, which gives us the perfect chance to whip out this video again…

See all the latest Brit Awards updates on our dedicated news page.  

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