Brit Awards 2016: What time is it on? Who is nominated? Who is performing? Everything you need to know

Adele will be hoping to better her Grammys performance with Rihanna also set to appear

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It’s Brit Awards time again, when pop’s biggest names gather at London’s O2 Arena in the hope of taking home a shiny gong or two.

Adele, James Bay and Years & Years racked up four nominations each when the list was announced in January, with Jess Glynne, Calvin Harris, Florence and the Machine and, erm, the late Amy Winehouse also up for awards.

Here’s everything you need to know about the ceremony that famously claimed Madonna’s cape last year:

When do the Brits take place?

The action kicks off on Wednesday 24 February and will be live on ITV from 8pm. Those not near a telly or watching from abroad can catch the live stream on YouTube.

Who are the nominees?

Check out the full list and predict your winners here.

Who are the performers?

Justin Bieber, Rihanna (supposedly, if she doesn’t do a Grammys on us and bail at the last minute), Adele, Coldplay, The Weeknd, James Bay, Little Mix and Jess Glynne. There’s also a special David Bowie tribute planned but details about that one are being kept a secret until the big night. Rumour has it Kate Moss is going to play a part, after the supermodel accepted a Brit on behalf of the late “Ziggy Stardust” singer in 2014.

Who is hosting?

Ant and Dec, of course. In more exciting news, there’s also going to be a live red carpet show for the first time, hosted by George Shelley and Lilah Parsons. Those wanting to know all the after-party gossip can join Laura Whitmore, Ricky Haywood-Williams and Melvin Odoom on ITV2 at 10.20pm.

Who designed the trophies?

This year’s winners will be taking home a statuette designed by Scottish fashion designer and punk musician Pam Hogg. Each one will be unique.


What will the nominees be scoffing?

The menu isn’t quite as extravagant as that being served up at the Oscars, but it still has us salivating: 

Starter: Roasted Wight Isle tomato mousse with Scottish forest mushrooms and shaved truffle

Main: Lake District trio of lamb, including roast best end, pressed salt baked belly and slow cooked rolled shoulder, served with Lincolnshire butternut puree, Berkswell ewe’s cheese, lamb jus and marsh herbs. 

Vegetarian: Crushed ratte and sweet potato with chermoula, served with baba ganoush rotolo, parslied polenta cake and Lincolnshire butternut squash

Dessert: Eton Mess reinterpreted using poached Yorkshire rhubarb, vanilla custard, Chantilly cream and meringues, topped with a selection of nostalgic British sweets and a chocolate themed punk Mohican.