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BRIT awards 2021: When is it on and how to watch?

The UK's main music award ceremony is back, here's the information you need

By Rhys Thomas
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After fifteen months, the BRIT Awards is set to return to our screens. There will also be one of the biggest live audiences in the UK since the pandemic, as the O2 Arena hosts 4,000 audience members (including over 1000 key workers) at the event. 

With a refreshed set of rules for nominees and two trophies per winner, it's set to be a fresh and happy return to the music awards ceremony. 

Traditionally a couple of awards are given before the event starts. This year, Taylor Swift has been crowned the Global Icon (she's the first solo women artist to be given the honour) and Griff has been award the Rising Star (formerly Critics' Choice) award. 

Here's the information you need to know to be part of the action, from your own homes. 

When is it on? 

Tonight! Yes, no scrolling Netflix for you for once. Amazing! Change, spontaneity! 

From 20:00 you can be plonked on the sofa enjoying the event, it's expected to run until roughly 22:15, assuming no classic BRIT showdowns ensue. Ah, the magic of live. 

How can I watch? 

You can watch via ITV, or online with ITV Hub. Grab a glass of something, log out of your other streaming services get ready to see those nice outfits and really white teeth thanking everyone they know for helping them be there today. You'll also get performances from Coldplay, The Weekend, Dua Lipa, Olivia Rodrigo and more. 

Here's everything we know about the Brit Awards 2021

The new rules mean Rina Sawayama is now eligible, and has been nominated for an award you can read our interview with her here 

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