After the recent Golden Globes, the awards season is well and truly underway, but the coolest of them all has to be the BRITs.
Famed for its laid-back approach, with booze-laden tables and A-listers mingling between ad breaks, the BRIT Awards is far from prim and proper, and that’s why we love it.
The awards themselves celebrate the best in music and have featured some of the most memorable moments in British pop culture history, from Freddie Mercury’s last public appearance, the height of the Oasis and Blur feud, plus that Union Jack Dress worn by Spice Girl Geri Halliwell.
Unlike other awards shows, the event is broadcast live, adding to the slightly unpolished and unpredictable nature of the show, which makes it all the more exciting for the lucky fans in attendance.
Since 2010, the awards have been held at the O2 in Greenwich, a venue that has established itself as a worldwide attraction for some of the most reputable live acts.
For instance, in 2007 rock star Prince began a series of 21 sold-out nights at the arena, in one of the great UK rock residencies in recent memory.
Beyond the world of music, the O2 is one of the elite sporting venues in the country. Between 2009 -2020 it played host to the ATP Tennis World Tour finals, and, in 2023, it will host WWE Money In The Bank – the first time a WWE event has taken place in London for over 20 years and the first Money In The Bank ever outside of the US.
Last year The BRIT Awards were hosted by comedian Mo Gilligan, co-host of The Big Narstie Show on Channel 4, and judge on ITV’s The Masked Singer.
The 2022 show was the second year without gendered categories and generated the most nominations for female artists since 2010. Adele took home three BRIT Awards on the night for British Album of the Year, British Artist of the Year and Best British Single respectively. Other notable winners were Wolf Alice for British Group, Billie Eilish for International Artist of the Year and Silk Sonic for International Group of the Year.
However, as fun as it is to hear the speeches and watch the awards being presented, the most memorable moments of the night are always the musical performances.
Last year The BRITs were opened by none other than Ed Sheeran who was joined by Bring Me The Horizon to perform their song Bad Habits. Adele, Little Simz and Sam Fender all performed but the show was closed by Dave, who had already won Best Hip Hop/Grime/Rap Act on the night.
This year, The BRITs will be held on 11 February 2023 and will once again be hosted by comedian Mo Gilligan. The show will be available to watch live on ITV and ITVX.
At the time of writing, only three acts have been announced to perform; Sam Smith ft Kim Petras, Flo and Wet Leg, who, along with Harry Styles have the joint most nominations this year (four).
However, with a host of high-profile nominees, including the Arctic Monkeys, Dua Lipa, Taylor Swift and Beyonce, you can expect many more big stars to take the stage and possibly perform on the night.
Such is the popularity of the event, tickets are sold out via the O2 Arena website. Thankfully though, hospitality packages are still available with Engage Hospitality so you too can be a part of British pop culture history.
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