The BRITs 2021 ceremony to be held with 4,000 crowd including key workers

22 April 2021, 10:58 | Updated: 22 April 2021, 13:19

Jack Whitehall at the BRIT Awards 2020
Jack Whitehall at the BRIT Awards 2020. Picture: Jim Dyson/Redferns/Getty

By Jenny Mensah

The awards ceremony will be one of the first major indoor music events to take place and will include a special audience of 2,500 key workers.

The BRIT Awards 2021 will become the first major indoor music event to welcome back a live audience next month.

The ceremony - which is set to take place on 11 May at The O2 Arena, London - will go ahead with a live, mask-less audience of 4,000 people.

The indoor ceremony and live show will form part of the Government's scientific Events Research Programme, using enhanced testing approaches to examine how events can take place without the need for social distancing.

Working closely with the Government to adhere to safety guidelines, this means The BRITs, as the first live music show at The O2 in over a year, will play an important role in paving the way for the return of live music.

4,000 people are expected to attend, but the majority of the tickets (2,500) will be gifted by record labels and the record music industry to key workers, who have been crucial during the coronavirus pandemic.

The 2,500 tickets will be made available via ballot, which will open this Thursday 22 April at www.brits.co.uk from 12pm.

READ MORE: BRIT Awards 2021 - Nominees, performers and how to watch

Find out more about the star-studded awards ceremony here.

Who is nominated for the BRIT Awards 2021?

Get the full list of nominations for The BRITs 2021 here:

FEMALE SOLO ARTIST

In association with Amazon Music

ARLO PARKS, TRANSGRESSIVE

CELESTE, POLYDOR, UNIVERSAL MUSIC

DUA LIPA, WARNER, WARNER MUSIC

JESSIE WARE, EMI, UNIVERSAL MUSIC

LIANNE LA HAVAS, WARNER, WARNER MUSIC

MALE SOLO ARTIST

In association with Amazon Music

AJ TRACEY, AJ TRACEY

HEADIE ONE, RELENTLESS, SONY MUSIC

J HUS, BLACK BUTTER, SONY MUSIC

JOEL CORRY, ASYLUM/PERFECT HAVOC, WARNER MUSIC

YUNGBLUD, INTERSCOPE, UNIVERSAL MUSIC

BRITISH GROUP

BICEP, NINJA TUNE

BIFFY CLYRO, WARNER, WARNER MUSIC

LITTLE MIX, RCA, SONY MUSIC

THE 1975, DIRTY HIT/POLYDOR, UNIVERSAL MUSIC

YOUNG T & BUGSEY, BLACK BUTTER, SONY MUSIC

BREAKTHROUGH ARTIST

In association with TikTok

ARLO PARKS, TRANSGRESSIVE

BICEP, NINJA TUNE

CELESTE POLYDOR, UNIVERSAL MUSIC

JOEL CORRY, ASYLUM/PERFECT HAVOC, WARNER MUSIC

YOUNG T & BUGSEY, BLACK BUTTER, SONY MUSIC

BRITISH SINGLE WITH MASTERCARD

The top ten identified by chart eligible sales success then voted for by The Academy, Supported by Capital FM

220 KID & GRACEY - DON'T NEED LOVE, POLYDOR, UNIVERSAL MUSIC

AITCH & AJ TRACEY FT TAY KEITH - RAIN, NQ, VIRGIN, UNIVERSAL MUSIC

DUA LIPA - PHYSICAL, WARNER, WARNER MUSIC

HARRY STYLES - WATERMELON SUGAR, COLUMBIA, SONY MUSIC

HEADIE ONE FT AJ TRACEY & STORMZY - AIN'T IT DIFFERENT, RELENTLESS, SONY MUSIC

JOEL CORRY FT MNEK HEAD & HEART - ASYLUM/PERFECT HAVOC, WARNER MUSIC

NATHAN DAWE FT KSI - LIGHTER, ATLANTIC, WARNER MUSIC

REGARD & RAYE- SECRETS, MINISTRY OF SOUND, SONY MUSIC

S1MBA FT DTG - ROVER, PARLOPHONE, WARNER MUSIC

YOUNG T & BUGSEY FT HEADIE ONE - DON'T RUSH, BLACK BUTTER, SONY MUSIC

MASTERCARD ALBUM

ARLO PARKS - COLLAPSED IN SUNBEAMS, TRANSGRESSIVE

CELESTE - NOT YOUR MUSE, POLYDOR, UNIVERSAL MUSIC

DUA LIPA - FUTURE NOSTALGIA WARNER, WARNER MUSIC

J HUS - BIG CONSPIRACY, BLACK BUTTER, SONY MUSIC

JESSIE WARE - WHAT'S YOUR PLEASURE? EMI, UNIVERSAL MUSIC

INTERNATIONAL FEMALE SOLO ARTIST

ARIANA GRANDE REPUBLIC, UNIVERSAL MUSIC

BILLIE EILISH INTERSCOPE, UNIVERSAL MUSIC

CARDI B ATLANTIC, WARNER MUSIC

MILEY CYRUS RCA, SONY MUSIC

TAYLOR SWIFT EMI, UNIVERSAL MUSIC

INTERNATIONAL MALE SOLO ARTIST

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN

COLUMBIA, SONY MUSIC

BURNA BOY ATLANTIC, WARNER MUSIC

CHILDISH GAMBINO COLUMBIA, SONY MUSIC

TAME IMPALA FICTION, UNIVERSAL MUSIC

THE WEEKND REPUBLIC/XO, UNIVERSAL MUSIC

INTERNATIONAL GROUP

BTS BIG HIT ENTERTAINMENT

FONTAINES D.C. PARTISAN

FOO FIGHTERS COLUMBIA, SONY MUSIC

HAIM POLYDOR, UNIVERSAL MUSIC

RUN THE JEWELS BMG MUSIC

BRITs RISING STAR

Identified by a panel of critics,

influencers, writers and composers,

Supported by BBC Radio 1

GRIFF WARNER, WARNER (Winner)

PA SALIEU WARNER, WARNER MUSIC

RINA SAWAYAMA DIRTY HIT

Who is performing at the BRIT Awards 2021?

So far, Dua Lipa, this year's Rising Star winner Griff, Headie One and Arlo Parks are confirmed to perform at the BRIT Awards 2021.

Arlo Parks
Arlo Parks. Picture: Press/Alex Kurunis

When is The BRIT Awards 2021 ceremony taking place?

The BRIT Awards 2021 with Mastercard will take place on 11 May 2021 at The O2 Arena.

How can I watch The BRIT Awards 2021?

The BRIT Awards will be available to watch live on ITV and the ITV Hub.

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