BRITs 2021 to become the first major indoor music event in a year and will host 4,000 people


The 2021 Brit Awards will mark the first major indoor music event in over a year as bosses prepare to release 2,500 free tickets to key workers. 

In an announcement on Thursday, it was revealed that The Brit Awards will take place in front of a live audience of 4,000 people at London’s The O2 on 11 May – six days before the next phase of lockdown lifts. 

The ceremony, which will be broadcast live on ITV and hosted by Jack Whitehall, will celebrate the return to live music and nominee Dua Lipa has promised those attending that it will ‘be a night to remember’. 

Celebrate: The 2021 Brit Awards will mark the first major indoor music event in over a year with 2,500 free tickets set to be released to key workers (pictured triple nominee Dua Lipa)

Celebrate: The 2021 Brit Awards will mark the first major indoor music event in over a year with 2,500 free tickets set to be released to key workers (pictured triple nominee Dua Lipa)

The indoor ceremony and live show will form part of the Government’s scientific Events Research Programme, and it will use enhanced testing approaches to examine how events can take place without the need for social distancing.  

Working closely with the Government to adhere to safety guidelines, this means The BRITs, will be the first live music show at The O2 in over a year, with 4,000 tickets being up for grabs- just one fifth of the venue’s 20,000 capacity.  

The BRITs will play an important role in paving the way for the return of live music at scale as the UK emerges from the past year’s restrictions. 

Exciting: In an announcement on Thursday, it was revealed The Brit Awards will take place in front of a live audience of 4,000 people at London's The O2 (pictured nominee Jessie Ware)

Exciting: In an announcement on Thursday, it was revealed The Brit Awards will take place in front of a live audience of 4,000 people at London’s The O2 (pictured nominee Jessie Ware)

Return to live music: The BRITs, will be the first live music show at The O2 in over a year

Return to live music: The BRITs, will be the first live music show at The O2 in over a year

To reward key workers who have worked tirelessly in the pandemic, bosses are releasing 2,500 free tickets via ballot, which opens on brits.co.uk on Thursday at 12pm. 

Audience members will not be socially distanced or required to wear face coverings in the arena, but they will be required to follow existing Government guidance when travelling to the venue and adhere to rules set out by the event organisers.

Among the rules, attendees must have proof of a negative lateral flow test result to enter the venue. 

As part of the wider scientific research on the trial events, attendees will also be asked to take a test after the event to gather further evidence on the safety of indoor settings, reduced social distancing and the removal of non-pharmaceutical interventions like face coverings.  

Return to normality: The indoor ceremony and live show will form part of the Government's scientific Events Research Programme

Return to normality: The indoor ceremony and live show will form part of the Government’s scientific Events Research Programme

'Night to remember': The ceremony will be broadcast live on ITV and hosted by Jack Whitehall

‘Night to remember’: The ceremony will be broadcast live on ITV and hosted by Jack Whitehall

Speaking about the news, Dua, 25, who will be performing on the night, said: ‘This has been a long tough year for everyone and I’m delighted the night will honour the key worker heroes who have cared for us so well during that time and continue to do so. They are quite simply an inspiration. 

‘The BRIT Awards are always special and this will truly make it a night to remember.’  

Geoff Taylor, Chief Executive BPI & BRIT Awards, added: ‘This year’s BRIT Awards with Mastercard is one of the most significant in the show’s history. 

‘Not only will we be celebrating the brilliant music and artists that have helped us through the pandemic, but we hope it will provide a path for the return of live music that fans and artists have so sorely missed.

‘And as a thank you to the key workers who have kept our country going through the difficult times, we are inviting them to be our audience for the first live performances at The O2 in over a year.

‘We’re buzzing about the show and working closely with Government, The O2 and all our partners to ensure all safety measures and guidelines are adhered to.’ 

Big news! Dua has been nominated for three nominations in total

Big news! Dua has been nominated for three nominations in total

Dua Lipa, Arlo Parks and Celeste lead the BRIT Awards stars with three nods a piece. 

The three artists are all nominated for Female Solo Artist and Mastercard Album, with Dua Lipa also in the running for British Single, while Arlo Parks and Celeste feature in the shortlist for Breakthrough Artist.

Brit female and double nominee for 2021 Jessie Ware is up for Mastercard Album as well as Female Solo Artist which, along with Dua, Arlo and Celeste, also sees Lianne La Havas up for the title.  

AJ Tracey is shortlisted twice; one nod in the British Single category, and a second for Male Solo Artist, along with Yungblud, Joel Corry, J Hus and Headie One.

J Hus earns a second nomination in Mastercard Album, whilst Headie One also features in the shortlist for British Single.

Along with Male Solo Artist, Joel Corry receives two more nominations, for Breakthrough Artist and British Single, bringing his tally up to three in total. 

The British Single category also sees Aitch up for his second BRIT, having last year been nominated for Best New Artist.

Wow! Many of the stars who have already been announced took to social media to celebrate their success by sharing pictures of the cards listing their nominations

Wow! Many of the stars who have already been announced took to social media to celebrate their success by sharing pictures of the cards listing their nominations

Dance & electronic acts 220 Kid, Nathan Dawes and Regard also get a look in this shortlist, as does Harry Styles, whose performance at the 2020 show was one of the evening’s highlights.

The international categories see new and returning artists alike; nominated for their first ever BRIT in International Group are BTS, Run the Jewels and Fontaines D.C., alongside Foo Fighters, who have won this category four times previously and Haim, who have been nominated twice before.

International Female as ever showcases incredibly multi-talented and creative women, with Ariana Grande, Billie Eilish, Cardi B, Miley Cyrus and Taylor Swift all shortlisted – Miley receives her debut BRIT nomination this year. 

The BRITs welcomes The Weeknd into the category for this year’s International Male, having been nominated twice before, plus Childish Gambino, Tame Impala, Burna Boy (who appeared at the 2020 BRITs as part of Stormzy’s performance) and Bruce Springsteen, marking his 11th BRIT nomination.

Earlier this month, The BRITs announced the winner of this year’s Rising Star supported by BBC Radio 1 award as Griff, who joins an illustrious list of artist alumni such as Adele, Florence + The Machine, Sam Smith, Ellie Goulding and Celeste who were all identified through this award (previously known as Critics’ Choice) as the future stars of British music. Griff will perform at The BRITs in May.

Buzzing: Arlo Parks is nominated for Female Solo Artist and Mastercard Album and Breakthrough Artist

Buzzing: Arlo Parks is nominated for Female Solo Artist and Mastercard Album and Breakthrough Artist

BRIT AWARD NOMINATIONS 2021 

 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

BRITs RISING STAR 

GRIFF WARNER (Winner

PA SALIEU

RINA SAWAYAMA 

MASTERCARD 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 GROUP

BTS 

 D.C. PARTISAN 

FOO FIGHTERS 

HAIM POLYDOR,

RUN THE JEWELS

BREAKTHROUGH ARTIST 

ARLO PARKS 

BICEP 

CELESTE 

JOEL CORRY 

YOUNG T & BUGSEY

BRITISH SINGLE

 220 KID & GRACEY DON’T NEED LOVE

 AITCH & AJ TRACEY FT TAY KEITH RAIN 

 DUA LIPA PHYSICAL

HARRY STYLES WATERMELON SUGAR 

HEADIE ONE FT AJ TRACEY & STORMZY AIN’T IT DIFFERENT 

JOEL CORRY FT MNEK HEAD & HEART

NATHAN DAWE FT KSI LIGHTER

REGARD & RAYE SECRETS 

S1MBA FT DTG ROVER PARLOPHONE 

YOUNG T & BUGSEY FT HEADIE ONE DON’T RUSH

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 FICTION

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