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.
Most controversial Brit Awards moments
Most controversial Brit Awards moments
1/10 Geri Halliwell's Union Jack dress, 1997
Geri Halliwell's era-defining dress became an iconic symbol of the nineties, not least for the fact it revealed her knickers and a large amount of her very own 'brits'. The singer wore it for the band's performance of 'Who Do You Think You Are', voted Most Memorable Performance of 30 Years at the Brit Awards in 2010
2/10 Noel Gallagher insults INXS, 1996
Oasis star Noel Gallagher began his downward spiral of Brit controversy by telling INXS singer Mick Hutchence, who presented the band with an award: "has beens shouldn't present f***ing awards to gonna-bes"
3/10 Robbie Williams challenges Liam Gallagher to televised fight, 2000
After winning Best British Song and Best British Video for 'She's the One' at the 2000 Brit Awards, Williams challenged public enemy Liam Gallagher to a televised fight, saying: 'Liam, a hundred grand of your money and a hundred grand of my money. We'll get in a ring and we'll have a fight.' Alas for Williams, Gallagher was out of the country at the time
4/10 Liam Gallagher lobs mic into audience, 2010
But then Liam Gallagher decided to go Brits up himself (ten years on, mind). The Oasis singer collected a gong for Best Album, before chucking the award to a fan and hurling the microphone into the audience. Host Peter Kay called the singer a 'knobhead'
5/10 Adele gives the middle finger, 2012
Adele gave the finger after James Corden cut short her acceptance speech for British Album of the Year. Corden was under pressure from television producers worried about the show overrunning, who later apologised to the singer. Adele said the middle finger was 'to the suits at the Brit Awards', not her fans
6/10 Russell Brand sparks Ofcom Complaints, 2007
Never one to shy away from offending, Russell raised a few eyebrows with quips about Robbie Williams' spell in rehab, the Queen's 'naughty bits' and a British soldier killed in Iraq. ITV received over 300 complaint calls from viewers and Ofcom logged a further 135
7/10 John Prescott has jug of water poured in his face, 1998
Chumbawamba vocalist Danbert Nobacon poured a jug of water over the deputy prime minister's head at the 1998 Brit Awards. The band attacked New Labour on stage at the award, singing: 'New Labour sold out the dockers, just like they sell out to us'
8/10 Sharon Osbourne calls Vic Reeves a p**s head, 2008
An altercation between Sharon and Vic Reeves ensued when the comedian made a quip about Kylie Minogue, saying she was 'all right, a bit of work there and she will be ok', which was met with silence. Reeves then seemed to forget which award he was presenting, prompting Sharon to tell him: 'Shut up, you're a piss head, piss off you bastard.'
9/10 Samantha Fox and Mick Fleetwood's dodgy hosting, 1989
Inexperienced hosts Samantha Fox and Mick Fleetwood presented the 1989 awards , which led to missed autocues, pop stars coming up to the stage at the wrong time, and a generally poorly executed show
10/10 Jarvis Cocker storms stage in protest against Michael Jackson, 1996
Cocker stormed on stage during Michael Jackson's performance to protest against the singer by bending over and pointing his bum in his direction. Later he said his actions were a protest 'at the way Michael Jackson sees himself as some kind of Christlike figure with the power of healing'
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.Reuse content