Brit Awards 2016 as it happened: Winners, performances and all the action from the O2

Biebs, Rihanna, Adele and The Weeknd are all performing.

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The 2016 Brit Awards take place at London's O2 tonight, Britain's best effort at its own version of the Grammys but generally with more of a pop leaning.

It's being broadcast live on ITV1 as ever - always making for entertaining hiccups, tumbles from plinths in vertiginous heels and general schadenfreude - and has landed a pretty A-list performer line-up.

Adele, Rihanna, Justin Bieber and Coldplay will all be on stage, along with The Weeknd, Little Mix, Jess Glynne and James Bay. Ant and Dec are hosting, as they will ever year until 2388 when new Ant and Decs are replicated in an ITV laboratory.

It kicks off at 8pm, with the Brits' Facebook page live-streaming the red carpet beforehand. I'll be at the O2, typing away and keeping you updated (below) while getting my face roasted by 'Where Are Ü Now'.


Live Updates

Good evening!
Things I saw on the way in:
Someone with a selfie stick on video mode outside a Jimmy's World Grill & Bar
A man selling three kinds of wine out of a sack for £7 a glass
Important news while we wait for the ceremony to start-up: Kanye just announced he's dropping another album this year!
New album coming this summer
Keith Lemon's wearing a Personality Hat
Adele's in the building
Hype man getting the crowd ready with that lobotomising Pharrell song
We're underway
Coldplay, having exhausted tie dye, now opting for a kaleidoscope and desktop wallpaper aesthetic
Adele wins the night's first award and gets political, backing Kesha and thanking her label for backing a woman
Bieber's got a campfire thing going on, so much fire tonight already (in the literal not modern figurative sense)
Adele bagging first award of the night
James Bay took the second for British Male (you mean they didn't give it to Aphex Twin?!)
Damn, nice to see Tame Impala recognised! Great album
They looked just generally shocked, though could be there general chill demeanour
Simon Le Bon and Suki Waterhouse, did they pick this pairing from a tombola?
The Adele siege begins
Brits fact: during the ad break everyone dives for the bar

Read more: Everything you need to know about the Brit Awards 2016