The Brit Awards 2012 on ITV1 tonight – check out the full performance and nominees list!

by Lisa McGarry

Olly Murs, Adele, Bruno Mars, Coldplay, Ed Sheeran, Florence + The Machine, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Rihanna and – with their first performance in almost three years – Blur all confirmed to perform live at this year’s spectacular show.

The nominations showcase the incredibly exciting and diverse year that British music has enjoyed, featuring a list of unique, talented artists who are now all in the running for the highly coveted BRITS statue, exclusively designed for 2012 by Sir Peter Blake. The winners will be announced at the The BRIT Awards 2012 with MasterCard, which will be held on Tuesday 21st February at The 02 and will be exclusively broadcast live on ITV1. It can also now be revealed that performances on the night will come from Adele, Bruno Mars, Coldplay, Ed Sheeran, Florence + The Machine, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds and Rihanna.

This year’s winner of the prestigious Outstanding Contribution to Music award, Blur, will give their first UK live performance since 2009 when the original line up reformed to play a number of concerts including one of the Glastonbury festival’s most memorable headline performances.

Topping the list of nominations this year is Yorkshire-born singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran, who appears in four different categories including British Breakthrough Act and the prestigious MasterCard British Album of the Year. This reflects an incredible year for the young artist, who only released his debut album ‘+’ in September. Solo artists Jessie J and Adele both follow with three nominations each, while Florence + The Machine, Emeli Sandé and Coldplay are all nominated in two categories, along with international male solo artists Bon Iver and Aloe Blacc. Coldplay are the only group with more than one nomination.

Adele, Coldplay, Ed Sheeran, Florence + The Machine and PJ Harvey are all up for the MasterCard British Album of the Year, the biggest award of the evening. Though Ed Sheeran gets the nod for his debut album, Coldplay have won this award three times in the past. Meanwhile, revered solo artist PJ Harvey has been nominated eight times for a BRIT but has yet to win.

The nominations for British Female Solo Artist see Jessie J, Florence and The Machine and Adele go head to head, all of whom are previous winners of the BRITs Critics’ Choice award, won this year by Emeli Sandé. They will be up against last year’s British Female Solo Artist winner Laura Marling and Kate Bush, who has been nominated in this category an incredible seven times but has not won it since 1987.

The nominations were officially revealed by Greg James at a special event at The Savoy in London, featuring performances by Ed Sheeran and Emeli Sandé, winner of the Critics’ Choice Award. Voting for British Single is open and will be voted for by listeners of Capital FM and users of iTunes along with British Group supported by BBC Radio 1 and British Breakthrough Act with BBC Radio 1.


British Male Solo Artist

Ed Sheeran Atlantic Records / Warner Music
James Blake Polydor / Universal Music
James Morrison Island / Universal Music
Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds Sour Mash / Sour Mash
Professor Green Virgin / EMI Music

British Female Solo Artist

Adele XL Recordings / XL Beggars
Florence & The Machine Island / Universal Music
Jessie J Island / Lava / Universal Music
Kate Bush Fish People / EMI Music
Laura Marling Virgin / EMI Music

British Breakthrough Act

Top five selected by Voting Academy. Category promoted by BBC Radio 1.
Anna Calvi Domino Records / Domino Records
Ed Sheeran Atlantic Records / Warner Music
Emeli Sandé Virgin / EMI Music
Jessie J Island / Lava / Universal Music
The Vaccines Columbia / Sony Music

British Group

Top five selected by Voting Academy. Category promoted by BBC Radio 2.
Arctic Monkeys Domino Records / Domino Records
Chase & Status Mercury / Universal Music
Coldplay Parlophone / EMI Music
Elbow Polydor / Universal Music
Kasabian Columbia / Sony Music

British Single

Top ten British singles based on commercial radio airplay and sales in the calendar year are automatically nominated. Promoted by Capital FM and iTunes, listeners and users will vote for their favourite single of the year.

Adele Someone Like You XL Recordings / XL Beggars
Ed Sheeran The A Team Atlantic Records / Warner Music
Example Changed The Way You Kissed Me Ministry Of Sound
Jessie J Ft B.o.B. Price Tag Island / Lava / Universal Music
JLS Ft Dev She Makes Me Wanna Epic / Sony Music
Military Wives / Gareth Malone
Wherever You Are Decca / Universal Music
Olly Murs Ft Rizzle Kicks Heart Skips A Beat Epic / Sony Music
One Direction What Makes You Beautiful Syco Music / Sony Music
Pixie Lott All About Tonight Mercury / Universal Music
The Wanted Glad You Came Global Talent / Island / Universal Music

MasterCard British Album of the Year

Supported by The Sun Bizarre Column and ITV1’s Daybreak.

Adele 21 XL Recordings XL / Beggars
Coldplay Mylo Xyloto Parlophone / EMI Music
Ed Sheeran + Atlantic Records / Warner Music
Florence & The Machine Ceremonials Island / Universal Music
PJ Harvey Let England Shake Island / Universal Music

International Male Solo Artist

Aloe Blacc Epic / Sony Music
Bon Iver 4AD / XL Beggars
Bruno Mars Atlantic Records / Warner Music
David Guetta Positiva / Virgin / EMI Music
Ryan Adams Columbia / Sony Music

International Female Solo Artist

Beyoncé Columbia / Sony Music
Björk One Little Indian / One Little Indian
Feist Polydor / Universal Music
Lady Gaga Polydor / Universal Music
Rihanna Mercury / Universal Music

International Group

Fleet Foxes Bella Union / Bella Union
Foo Fighters RCA / Sony Music
Jay Z / Kanye West Mercury / Universal Music
Lady Antebellum Capitol / EMI Music
Maroon 5 Polydor / Universal Music

International Breakthrough Act

Aloe Blacc Epic / Sony Music
Bon Iver 4AD / XL Beggars
Foster The People Columbia / Sony Music
Lana Del Rey Polydor / Universal Music
Nicki Minaj Island / Universal Music

Outstanding Contribution To music Award

Blur EMI Music

Critics’ Choice

In association with War Child. Identified by a panel made up of media music critics.

1st – Emeli Sandé Virgin / EMI Music
2nd – Maverick Sabre Mercury / Universal Music
3rd – Michael Kiwanuka Polydor / Universal Music

Tuesday, 21 February 2012, 8:00PM – 10:00PM, ITV1