Global chart sensation Adele is likely to continue her dominance of the music awards' season when she arrives at the BRIT Awards in London tonight (February 21, 2012). The 23-year-old Londoner landed all six Grammy Awards that she was nominated for in Los Angeles last week, and it looks set to be more of the same in her hometown.
Adele is the odds-on favourite to walk away with the Best British Female and Best Album Prize at the O2 Arena tonight, while it wouldn't be a surprise if she scooped the Best Single honour too for 'Someone Like You'. It seems the only act likely to challenge Adele's clean sweep is 21-year-old singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran, who has garnered four nominations including Best Album, Best Single, Best British Male and Best British Breakthrough Act. While not on par with Adele's monumental sales for '21', Sheeran's album '+' has shifted one million copies and his fans, dubbed 'The Sheeranators', claim he would dominate the Brits had it not been for Adele being involved. Ed will also be performing tonight, alongside a host of music heavyweights such as Rihanna, Coldplay, Noel Gallagher, Florence and the Machine, Bruno Mars and of course, Adele. British rockers Blur will close the show after they receive the outstanding contribution to music award. The band will play an 11 minute set - the longest in Brit Awards history - which is rumored to include new material. Though it looks very much like Adele's year (with the threat of Sheeran perhaps beating her to one award), others nominated include Jessie J who is up for three awards, and veteran Kate Bush who is shortlisted for Best Female, sealing her remarkable comeback. Florence and the MAChine and Coldplay are each nominated twice, while newcomer EMELI SANDLE is this year's Critics Choice winner.
This year's host is actor James Corden, who during a recent interview with UK's Daily Telegraph admitted he faced some resistance from critics and audiences after last year's show (when he made his hosting debut). Looking ahead to Tuesday, the Gavin and Stacy actor said he would be happy to fade into the background somewhat and let the musicians take the headlines, saying, "An ideal scenario for me - 'cause it is a thankless task; the Brits will never end with people going, 'Wow, wasn't that hosted brilliantly!' You only notice the show if it's bad. In an ideal world it'll be like last year, where people are just talking about these incredible performances. If that's what happens I'll have done my job well". Despite a number of well-received hosting performances by Chris Evans and Russell Brand in recent years, the Brit Awards image was marred for a short-time by a couple of less than impressive decisions by show bosses. In 1989, the ceremony was broadcast live and presented by the oddball pairing of Fleetwood Mac star Mick Fleetwood and singer Samantha Fox. Their inexperience as hosts shone through and their ineffective autocue work, coupled with poorly timed links made for one of the most cringe-worthy bits of television in recent memory. In addition, a pre-recorded message from Michael Jackson - one of the key moments planned for the show - was never broadcast, and acts such as Boy George arrived on-stage at the wrong time.