| 14 April 2024, Sunday |

Brit music awards to host audience of 4,000 in UK pilot event

Some 4,000 people will attend the Brit Awards next month, in what organisers of Britain’s pop music honours said would be the first major indoor music event with a live audience as the country emerges from Covid-19 lockdown.

The ceremony, to be held on May 11 at London’s O2 arena, will form part of the UK government’s Events Research Programme, looking at whether major events can take place in closed environments without social distancing.

This means audience members, of which 2,500 will be key workers who will be gifted tickets, will not have to wear face masks inside the arena but will have to provide proof of a negative lateral flow test result to enter the venue.

They will also have to take a test after the ceremony and provide contact details as part of the country’s Covid test and trace system.

“This has been a long tough year for everyone and I’m delighted the night will honour the key worker heroes who have cared for us so well during that time and continue to do so,” singer Dua Lipa, who is nominated for four awards, said in a statement.

“They are quite simply an inspiration. The Brit Awards are always special and this will truly make it a night to remember.”

Lipa is among several singers who will perform at the event, the first live music show at the O2 in more than a year.

Like elsewhere, the Covid-19 pandemic shut down music events with live audiences in Britain. Under Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s phased roadmap out of lockdown, entertainment venues can re-open their doors next month.

“Not only will we be celebrating the brilliant music and artists that have helped us through the pandemic, but we hope it will provide a path for the return of live music that fans and artists have so sorely missed,” said Geoff Taylor, chief executive of the British Phonographic Industry and the Brits.

Full list of Brit Awards 2021 nominees:

Album of the Year:

Arlo Parks, Collapsed in Sunbeams

Celeste, Not Your Muse

Dua Lipa, Future Nostalgia

J Hus, Big Conspiracy

Jessie Ware, What’s Your Pleasure?

Female Solo Artist of the Year:

Arlo Parks


Dua Lipa

Jessie Ware

Lianne La Havas

Male Solo Artist of the Year:

AJ Tracey

Headie One

J Hus

Joel Corry


British Group of the Year:


Biffy Clyro

Little Mix

The 1975

Young T & Bugsey

British Single of the Year:

220 Kid & Gracey, Don’t Need Love

Aitch & AJ Tracey featuring Tay Keith, Rain

Dua Lipa, Physical

Harry Styles, Watermelon Sugar

Headie One featuring AJ Tracey & Stormzy, Ain’t It Different

Joel Corry featuring MNEK, Head & Heart

Nathan Dawe featuring KSI, Lighter

Regard & Raye, Secrets

S1MBA feat. DTG, Rover

Young T & Bugsey featuring Headie One, Don’t Rush

Breakthrough Artist of the Year:

Arlo Parks



Joel Corry

Young T & Bugsey

Brits Rising Star:

Griff Warner (Winner)

Pa Salieu

Rina Sawayama

International Female Solo Artist of the Year:

Ariana Grande

Billie Eilish

Cardi B

Miley Cyrus

Taylor Swift

International Male Solo Artist of the Year:

Bruce Springsteen

Burna Boy

Childish Gambino

Tame Impala

The Weeknd

International Group of the Year:


Fontaines DC

Foo Fighters


Run The Jewels