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BRIT Awards 2019: Live updates

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Published: 5:00 pm, February 20, 2019Words: Stephen Ackroyd. Photos: Sarah Louise Bennett.
BRIT Awards 2019: Live updates

Tonight, Dear Reader, is 'the night' - at least if the night you're looking forward to involves a bunch of people who work in certain bits of the music industry attempting to write off the rest of the week with an almighty hangover.

But let's not be so cynical! The BRIT Awards also have, y'know.... statues. And a few performances from 'Dork faves' like The 1975 and George Ezra. And also, Hugh 'Huge Action' Jackman. 2019, eh?

In truth, there are a few things to pay attention to at this year's ceremony - from the obvious (Idles up for British Breakthrough Act), to the just generally 'good' (the International Female category is especially strong). Because of that, we've fired up the Dork Pop Emergency Broadcast System (trademark pending - Ed), and will be updating with various observations throughout the evening on this very page. You'll also 'interact' via social media, if you like. Let's be honest, we'll be tweeting the best gags - we're like that.

So, keep this tab open, check out the nominees here, pour out a fizzy pop and get ready to read your boring mate on Facebook complaining there isn't more 'real music' with 'guitars'. There's always one.

10:00 pm

February 20, 2019

So, as Pink is winning the outstanding contribution to music award - the first international artist to do so, 'FYI' - it seems like a decent place to wrap up for the night. 

The big winners are clearly The 1975, which seems about right and also pretty damn scary considering they're only half way through a double album drop that could see them do the same next year. And really, who would bet against it?

Not us, that's for sure.

9:53 pm

February 20, 2019

And now they're performing 'Sincerity Is Scary', complete with 'the hat'. Now Tom Walker doesn't even have the best hat of the night. Gutted.

9:42 pm

February 20, 2019

The 1975 have won Album of the Year, which we all knew about two and a half hours ago but it's still lovely. And No Rome was just on telly too, which was also lovely. Lovely.

9:36 pm

February 20, 2019

Best British Single (that isn't the one that you think should have been nominated but wasn't) goes to Calvin Harris and Dua Lipa for 'One Kiss'. Dua is wearing blue and stars and someone at the Telegraph is having a fit right now, right?

BRIT Awards 2019: Live updates

9:27 pm

February 20, 2019

Calvin Harris has won Producer of the Year and is thanking 'people', generally. Congratulations, 'people'.

9:18 pm

February 20, 2019

Meanwhile Little Mix just won Best Video, which you can watch right there.

9:15 pm

February 20, 2019

Yes, Calvin Harris 'and co' were performing, but we were too busy watching this highlight from his glorious past as the funniest man in pop.

9:07 pm

February 20, 2019

Ed Sheeran has won the Ed Sheeran award for Ed Sheeraning in the absence of Adele and One Direction. He isn't there. He's done a video. It's very Ed Sheeran-y.

9:01 pm

February 20, 2019

And now George Ezra has had some milk. Honestly at this point we're all just waiting for The 1975 to win Album of the Year so we can all put the kettle on.

8:59 pm

February 20, 2019

So The Carters, Drake and Ariana Grande just won the international categories but none of them were there and they didn't really announce it properly, so, y'know. That happened.

8:43 pm

February 20, 2019

BRITISH BREAKTHROUGH
And it's Tom Walker and Tom Walker's hat. Sniff. We were rooting for Idles.

BRIT Awards 2019: Live updates

8:37 pm

February 20, 2019

Little Mix are performing now. They have a round table and pink coats. It looks a bit like they're about to do a cheap ITV gameshow. We love Little Mix.

8:33 pm

February 20, 2019

An important point there by Matty, as taken from this Guardian piece, which the BRITs responds to by, erm, cutting to a short chat with Bros. Obviously.

8:28 pm

February 20, 2019

BEST GROUP
Oh look. The 1975. Who saw that coming?

BRIT Awards 2019: Live updates

8:26 pm

February 20, 2019

George is playing 'Shotgun'. We have nothing snarky to say about this because it's just wholesome and nice, okay?

8:19 pm

February 20, 2019

BRITISH FEMALE SOLO ARTIST
Jorja Smith, there. Those predictions are on a roll.

BRIT Awards 2019: Live updates

8:15 pm

February 20, 2019

We say this a lot, but we're bloody delighted for our Geoff. A lovely chap and genuinely funny with it. You cannot say fairer than that.

Also everyone's Mum bought his album, so, y'know.

8:11 pm

February 20, 2019

BEST BRITISH SOLO MALE
Yep, it's that boy George 'Prius of Pop' Ezra.

BRIT Awards 2019: Live updates

8:08 pm

February 20, 2019

Well, that happened.

8:02 pm

February 20, 2019

The show is about to begin, with Hugh Jackman. Don't blame us. Blame your parents.

7:53 pm

February 20, 2019

We're not even going to try to guess who wins Best Single or Best Video. Best Breakthrough - we've done the maths, we still don't know. The field could split and leave it open for Idles, but it's probably still an outsider hope. Given 1975-leak-gate, it's good to have some surprises, we guess?

7:37 pm

February 20, 2019

INTERNATIONAL FEMALE SOLO ARTIST

  • Ariana Grande
  • Camila Cabello
  • Cardi B
  • Christine and the Queens
  • Janelle Monáe

Anyone on this list could win and we'd be cock-a-hoop. Hell, they could rip it up and give it to Lizzo, who is 'in attendance', and we'd also be very happy - though perhaps also quite confused. As it is, we can't see it not going to Ariana Grande because, y'know, she's Ariana Grande, but don't bet against Christine and the Queens.

7:34 pm

February 20, 2019

INTERNATIONAL GROUP

  • Brockhampton
  • The Carters
  • First Aid Kit
  • Nile Rodgers & Chic
  • Twenty One Pilots

The Carters have the star power, sure, but Brockhampton are a genuine phenomenon, and Twenty One Pilots are the biggest cult band on the planet. Add to that the fact that everyone loves Nile Rodgers, and - as much as we love them - First Aid Kit are the only names on the list that would be somewhat of a shock.

7:23 pm

February 20, 2019

Has anyone checked on 5STAR? They might tell us who's gonna take International Female Solo Artist.

7:18 pm

February 20, 2019

Well, we were going to 'analyse' the British Group and Album of the Year categories, and probably come to the conclusion that, yes, The 1975 should and will win. But, that could all be pointless, as this tweet shows.

"Also if The 1975 give a ‘oh wow what a shock we weren’t expecting this’ speech," Kieren tweets, "then someone tell them to catch up on Dave Gorman’s Modern Life is Goodish on UKTV Play and they’d have known hours before."

7:12 pm

February 20, 2019

INTERNATIONAL MALE SOLO ARTIST

  • Drake
  • Eminem
  • Kamasi Washington
  • Shawn Mendes
  • Travis Scott

Erm. In depth analysis o'clock - Shawn Mendes is actually there, so....

7:04 pm

February 20, 2019

BRITISH FEMALE SOLO ARTIST

  • Anne-Marie
  • Florence + The Machine
  • Jess Glynne
  • Jorja Smith
  • Lily Allen

There's no shortage of worthy winners here. Jess Glynn is a chart monster, but Jorja Smith is the critical darling. Florence has firmly grasped that Major Festival Headliner title, Anne-Marie has the pop banger in the bag and Lily returned with a Really Very Good album this year. We have a feeling it'll go to Jorja Smith, but don't hold us to that.

6:56 pm

February 20, 2019

You think Olly has 'garment of the night' in the bag, and then you notice THE BROCKHAMPTON JEWEL-Y MASK-Y THING-Y. What an effort. Pop salutes you all.

6:49 pm

February 20, 2019

'Behind the scenes', we've been trying to work out who will win what. We'll go through a few between now and 'the start of the show'.

British Male Solo Artist

  • Aphex Twin
  • Craig David
  • George Ezra
  • Giggs
  • Sam Smith

Look, absolutely zero shade what-so-ever to any of the other nominees, but former Dork cover star (clearly his greatest achievement, there - Ed) George Ezra has almost certainly paid for the booze at this year's BRITs via a cheeky couple of percentage points on his second album 'Staying At Tamara's'. He's performing, too, which doesn't always mean an artist will go home with a prize, but we'd not want to bet on anyone else.

6:37 am

February 20, 2019

The rest of the evening will be spent finding excuses to use this Lewis Capaldi GIF.

8:25 am

February 20, 2019

One thing we can all agree on: this cape is Very Important Attire.

6:05 pm

February 20, 2019

We're now running an important poll, in tribute to Ross 'DH007' MacDonald. (Credit for the nickname to @JumpersOnBikes on Twitter)

6:00 am

February 20, 2019

*insert previously mentioned Ross from The 1975 looks good in a suit update here*

5:00 pm

February 20, 2019

Hello, Dear Reader. This 'live blog' isn't kicking off until 'a bit later', but keep this tab open and we'll yell when we're ready to start making bad jokes about pop music. Okay? Lovely.

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