James Corden (right) returns to London’s O2 to host the annual music ceremony, featuring performances from Ed Sheeran, Adele, Bruno Mars, Coldplay, Rihanna, Florence and the Machine, Noel Gallagher and Olly Murs.
Ed Sheeran leads the way with four nominations, including best British Male Artist and best British Single for The A Team, while Adele and Jessie J are each in the running for three titles.
Meanwhile vying for best International Female Solo Artist are Beyonce, Bjork, Feist, Lady Gaga and Rihanna.
Emeli Sande picks up the Critics’ Choice award, and the Outstanding Contribution to Music goes to Britpop band Blur, who perform a selection of their hits. To see full list of Brit award nominations go to http://www.itv.com/thebritawards2012/nominations/
And if you want to remind yourselves of the days when the Brits were both fun and interesting then look at this clip on YouTube from ITN news in 1996 when Pulp lead singer Jarvis Cocker invaded the stage during Michael Jackson’s performance of Earthsong.
Seems amazing that it provoked so much reaction at the time.