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Brit Awards 2013

Wed Feb 20, 8-10.15pm, ITV


James Corden returns for a fourth time as host of the Brit Awards, live from The O2. With performances by Taylor Swift, One Direction and Mumford & Sons, it’ll doubtless be as huge as last year. Plus bombastic, operatic rockers Muse – who’ve received two of their ten nominations this year – pull up alongside pop titan Justin Timberlake, who hasn’t played in London since 2007.

Also in line for their own Damien Hirst-designed, polkadot statues are a few surprises. ‘X Factor’ winner James Arthur, for instance, who’s only recently fallen off the conveyor belt, is up against huge talents Coldplay, Labrinth and Jessie J for ‘best single’. Fast-rising, Mercury-winning newbies Alt-J have three chances to take home an award. While Emeli Sandé, who won ‘critics’ choice’ last year, performed at the Olympics and whose debut album ‘Our Version of Events’ was the biggest selling of 2012, will undoubtedly walk away with at least one, having been nominated for a whopping four. Whatever the outcome, let’s give it up for the Brits!

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