Brit Awards 2015

Live Stream, Nominations, Predictions, Date, Tickets

O2 Arena, London, UK, 25 February, 8pm

O2 Arena London Brit Awards ceremony

The Brit awards are the big music awards ceremony in the UK, an occasion to rival the Grammys in the US and the big name international awards later in the year, the MTV Music Awards and the MTV Europe Music Awards. They've been around in various incarnations since 1977 although only became an annual event in 1982. Earlier versions were actually broadcast live, but an ill-fated occasion featuring Sam Fox and Mick Fleetwood in 1989 put paid to that, and now they're shown on TV delayed by 24 hours.

The main awards are reserved for UK performers, the "Brits" in the title, but in an effort to maintain equality, plus of course with more than a small nod to our trans-atlantic cousins (who, let's be honest, tend to provide the real A-List star value!) there are also several international awards categories.

The ceremony itself was previously held at the iconic Earls Court venue, but since 2011 has moved to the O2 Arena which, although having a similar capacity at around 20,000 is widely regarded as being a more modern and accessible location.

There have been many repeat winners over the years, and the same names do tend to continue to appear, but it will likely be some time before anyone can match the record 17 Brit Awards that have been collected by Robbie Williams (5 of which were shared with his Take That colleagues) - nearest challengers are Annie Lennox with 8 and Coldplay on 7.

Nominations and Predictions

The full list of nominees for the 2015 Brit Awards is as below. As usual, we've added our predictions in italics

British male solo artist
Damon Albarn
Ed Sheeran
George Ezra
Paolo Nutini
Sam Smith
British female solo artist
Ella Henderson
FKA Twigs
Jessie Ware
Lily Allen
Paloma Faith
British group
Clean Bandit
One Direction
Royal Blood
British breakthrough act
FKA Twigs
George Ezra
Royal Blood
Sam Smith
Critics' Choice
James Bay (Winner)
George the Poet
Years & Years
British single
Calvin Harris - Summer
Clean Bandit ft Jess Glynne - Rather Be
Duke Dumont ft Jax Jones - I Got U
Ed Sheeran - Thinking Out Loud
Ella Henderson - Ghost
George Ezra - Budapest
Mark Ronson ft Bruno Mars - Uptown Funk
Route 94 ft Jess Glynne - My Love
Sam Smith - Stay With Me
Sigma - Nobody to Love
British album of the year
Alt-J - This Is All Yours
Ed Sheeran - X
George Ezra - Wanted On Voyage
Royal Blood - Royal Blood
Sam Smith - In The Lonely Hour
British producer of the year
Alison Goldfrapp & Will Gregory
Jake Gosling
Paul Epworth
British artist video of the year
Calvin Harris - Summer
Charli XCX - Boom Clap
Duke Dumont ft Jax Jones - I Got U
Ed Sheeran - Thinking Out Loud
Mark Ronson ft Bruno Mars - Uptown Funk
One Direction - You and I
Rita Ora - I Will Never Let You Down
Route 94 ft Jess Glynne - My Love
Sam Smith - Stay With Me
Sigma - Nobody to Love
International male solo artist
Jack White
John Legend
Pharrell Williams
International female solo artist
Lana Del Rey
St Vincent
Taylor Swift
International group
5 Seconds of Summer
The Black Keys
First Aid Kit
Foo Fighters
The War On Drugs

Live Streaming

The Brit Awards are shown live on ITV - if you're in the UK you can watch this online using the ITV Player:

Brits on ITV Player

There are sometimes question marks around the reliability of this service however, especially at peak times, so there is an alternative stream available here:

Brit Awards stream

There is also an official Youtube channel which this year for the first time is featuring a live stream available internationally, making the Brits more widely available online than ever before:

Brit Awards streaming on Youtube

Hotels and Accommodation

If you're visiting London for the awards then there is a huge selection of places to stay. You can search for hotels, check availability and make reservations for local hotels here.

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