Brits 2015: When are the Brits taking place and what time do they start on TV?

Ant and Dec will be taking over the hosting duties from James Corden this year, but will it be a night to remember?

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If you're excited for this year's Brits or just keen to tune in to see if they can top the boredom stakes, our handy guide is here to help.

Brit Awards 2015 winners in full

When are the Brit Awards?

The Brit Awards take place at The O2 in London on Wednesday 25 February.

What time do the Brit Awards begin on TV?

The ceremony will be broadcast at 8pm on ITV. Who is presenting?

ITV staples Ant & Dec take over hosting duties from James Corden this year. The Geordie duo last hosted the awards in 2001.

Who is nominated?

Sam Smith and Ed Sheeran are the two frontrunners at this year’s ceremony. Sam Smith leads with five nominations, while Sheeran has four nods, Royal Blood have three and FKA twigs has two nominations.


Who is tipped to win?

Ed Sheeran is the bookies’ favourite to win Best British Album, while Paloma Faith is the favourite to win Best British Female Betting Odds.

The Independent’s music editor thinks One Direction will win Best British Band, with Royal Blood set to pick up Best British Break-Through Act.

James_Bay.jpg James Bay has already been awarded the Critics’ Choice prize.

Who chooses the winners?

The Brit Awards are voted for by a panel of over 1,000 industry experts and music enthusiasts from managers, agents, publishers, journalists and people who work for record labels.

Two awards at this year’s ceremony, Best British Video and British Breakthrough Act, are voted for by the public. Voting for Best British Breakthrough Act has finished, but fans can still vote for Best British Video on the night.

Who has designed the gong?

Tracey Emin gives her own take on the Brit gong this year:

Tracey Emin's Brit Award statue front and back

Who is due to perform?

Rihanna is tipped to perform, but she has yet to be officially confirmed to take to the Brit Awards stage.

Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith, Madonna, Take That, Royal Blood, George Ezra and Paloma Faith will all perform on the night.

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