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We still can’t get over the star-studded Grammy Awards, which was a big night for artists like Dua Lipa, Shawn Mendes, and Drake. Fortunately, we won’t have to wait long to get our next music award show fix, with Britain’s biggest night of music set to go down at the O2 Arena tomorrow night.
Much is the Canadian home of the BRIT Awards, airing Wednesday at 10E/7P. There’s a lot to look forward to—here are five reasons to tune in to the big show.
Opening Britain’s “greatest show,” Hugh Jackman will bring the magic of 2017’s hit musical film The Greatest Showman to the BRITs stage for an epic performance. The star shared a clip from rehearsals on Facebook, captioning it “Going to be awesome!”
Like the Grammy’s Best New Artist award, the BRIT Award for British Breakthrough Act is a surefire sign of success. Previous recipients include Bastille (2014), Sam Smith (2015), and Dua Lipa (2018). This year’s nominees are highly-buzzed about—Ella Mai, IDLES, Jorja Smith, Mabel, and Tom Walker. Get ready to see a lot more of the winner stateside in the coming months.
What do Dua Lipa, Rag’n’Bone Man, and Sam Smith have in common? They’ve all collaborated with Calvin Harris and will be performing together at this year’s BRIT Awards. Smith’s pals in Disclosure led a similar performance in 2014, smoothly transitioning their Lorde collab “Royals” into their smash “White Noise” with AlunaGeorge. Harris never fails to put on a good show, so we expect nothing less from his massive BRITs performance. Little Mix will also be putting on a special performance at the BRITs, joining forces with South London rapper Ms Banks.
American superstar Pink is receiving a special achievement award at Wednesday’s BRIT Awards for her outstanding contribution to music. Adding to the recognition, this is the first time the award will be given to an international artist, with previous honourees including Paul McCartney and the Spice Girls. She’s also set to close the show, and with her new single “Walk Me Home” coming out this week we have our fingers crossed for a BRIT premiere.
Though the night’s focus is on homegrown stars, international talents who have made an impact on the London music scene are also celebrated. Two of our fave Canadians, Drake and Shawn Mendes, are nominated alongside each other for International Male Solo Artist and it’s looking like anyone’s game. Though neither artist has been been announced to attend, Mendes has been spotted in London ahead of his European tour.