June 19, 2021

Brit awards 2021: follow the red carpet and buildup live

Dua Lipa, the Weeknd and – not very secretly – Elton John are slated to play the biggest night in British music to an actual indoor crowd of thousands. Follow the red carpet and ceremony here

I know nothing whatsoever about fashion and have been wearing the same elasticated trousers and bobbly jumper for 15 months now. The first time I went out post-lockdown, I swiftly tried on and discarded three outfits before leaving the house in a dire combination that I regretted all day. Watching the red carpet photos roll in this evening, well, I’m glad that it’s not just me making giant stabs in the dark at how to get dressed in 2021. The looks so far are quite Quality Street-core. Well done to Griff for styling out some evident umbrella issues.

Here’s a reminder of the really very good crop of nominees for 2021. Already announced as winners are Griff with the tastemaking Rising Star award, and Taylor Swift with the global icon award.

Female solo artist
Arlo Parks
Celeste
Dua Lipa
Jessie Ware
Lianne La Havas

Male solo artist
AJ Tracey
Headie One
J Hus
Joel Corry
Yungblud

British group
Bicep
Biffy Clyro
Little Mix
The 1975
Young T & Bugsey

Breakthrough act
Arlo Parks
Bicep
Celeste
Joel Corry
Young T & Bugsey

British single
220 Kid with Gracey – Don’t Need Love
Aitch x AJ Tracey feat Tay Keith – Rain
Dua Lipa – Physical
Harry Styles – Watermelon Sugar
Headie One feat AJ Tracey and Stormzy – Ain’t It Different
Joel Corry x MNEK – Head and Heart
Nathan Dawe x KSI – Lighter
Regard and Raye – Secrets
S1mba feat DTG – Rover
Young T & Bugsey feat Headie One – Don’t Rush

British album
Arlo Parks – Collapsed in Sunbeams
Celeste – Not Your Muse
Dua Lipa – Future Nostalgia
J Hus – Big Conspiracy
Jessie Ware – What’s Your Pleasure

International female solo artist
Ariana Grande
Billie Eilish
Cardi B
Miley Cyrus
Taylor Swift

International male solo artist
Bruce Springsteen
Burna Boy
Childish Gambino
Tame Impala
The Weeknd

International group
BTS
Fontaines DC
Foo Fighters
Haim
Run the Jewels

We’ve had to wait an extra three months to be snarky about some pop stars, but the Brit awards, postponed from their usual February slot by the pandemic, are finally upon us.

The ceremony begins at 8pm and you can watch it on ITV, ITV Hub, and YouTube. We’ll be announcing all the awards and reviewing all the performers and, before that, taking a look at all the red carpet arrivals.

Follow it along with us, and you can comment below on all the outfits/songs/hesitant social distancing.