The Brit Awards 2019 – What you need to know

Tonight, the biggest and best in the British music industry will gather at London’s 02 Arena for the 39th addition of the Brit Awards.

Dua Lipa and Anne-Marie lead the way with four nominations each, including one of the biggest awards of the night, best single.

For the first time in Brit Award history, there are more women nominated for the biggest award of the night, album of the year.

Who is hosting?

Jack Whitehall, a staple of modern British comedy, will host the awards for a second year running after rave reviews last year.

There is speculation that the ‘Bad Education’ star will appear alongside Hugh Jackman in opening the show. Yes… we have our fingers crossed too.

“He is singing live with 150 dancers, I’ve seen the rehearsal and it’s going to be utterly spectacular,” the comedian said on Chris Evans’ Virgin Radio breakfast show.

Who is up for awards?

Anne-Marie is up for four awards, as is 2018 best female winner, Dua Lipa. As she collected the award one year ago, she said she hoped to be joined by more females up on the stage.

“Here’s to more women winning awards, and more women taking over the world.” she said.

It seems, despite damning reports of the growing gender gap in the charts, that she has got as she wanted as the awards are dominated by female nominees.

Jorja Smith, Ella Mai and Mabel are up against Tom Walker and Idles are up for the British breakthrough act award.

Jorja Smith and Jess Glynne are up against Lily Allen, Florence + the Machine and Anne-Marie for best British female.

George Ezra is nominated for best British male along with Sam Smith, Craig David, Giggs and Aphex Twin.

Ezra is also up for best album for Staying at Tamara’s and is joined by The 1975 for A Brief Enquiry into Online Relationships, Florence + the Machine for High as Hope, Jorja Smith for Lost and Found and Anne-Marie for Speak Your Mind.

Who is performing?

Hugh Jackman will be opening the show with a Greatest Showman themed performance. This is set to be a huge opening from the fan favourite film.

There always some on-stage collaborations, and this year Calvin Harris will be joined by Dua Lipa, Rag’n’Bone Man and Sam Smith. Jess Glynn will sing with H.E.R., while Little Mix will appear with rapper Ms Banks.

Also confirmed are The 1975, George Ezra, Jorja Smith and Pink.

Speaking of Pink, the US singer has already been announced as the recipient of this year’s outstanding contribution to music award.

Tune in to ITV at 8pm to watch the awards