Brit Awards set for live event with 4,000 guests and no social distancing or masks

The Brit Awards ceremony will take place as a live event with 4,000 guests at London’s O2 Arena on May 11.

The ceremony and live show — the first at the O2 for over a year and the first major indoor music event since the start of the pandemic — will form part of the UK government’s scientific ‘Events Research Program,’ which uses enhanced testing approaches to examine how events can take place without the need for social distancing.

Recognising the efforts of frontline workers during the pandemic, 2,500 of the tickets will be gifted by record labels and the recorded music industry via ballot to frontline workers and a guest of their choice from a range of sectors in the greater London area.

The remaining 1,500 places will be allocated for purchase to the nominated and performing artists and their teams, supporting record labels, management and show partners and sponsors.

Audience members won’t be socially distanced or required to wear face coverings in the arena.

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However, they will be required to follow existing government guidance while travelling to the venue and adhere to rules set out by the event organisers. Attendees must have proof of a negative lateral flow test result to enter the O2.

As part of the wider scientific research on the trial events, guests will also be asked to take a test after the event to gather further evidence on the safety of indoor settings, reduced social distancing and the removal of non-pharmaceutical interventions like face coverings.

They will also have to provide contact details for the UK National Health Service’s Test and Trace program to ensure everyone can be traced in the event of an audience member receiving a positive test after the event.

Brit-nominated artist Dua Lipa, who will be performing on the night, said: “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. They are quite simply an inspiration. The Brit Awards are always special and this will truly make it a night to remember.”

Other performers announced so far for the night include artists Headie One, Arlo Parks and Griff. Comedian and actor Jack Whitehall returns as host for a fourth time.

Perth’s Tame Impala scored the only Australian nomination, in the International Male category.

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The awards are organised by the BPI — the UK record labels’ association that promotes British music.

Geoff Taylor, chief executive of BPI & Brit Awards, said: “This year’s Brit Awards with Mastercard is one of the most significant in the show’s history. 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.”

“We’re buzzing about the show and working closely with government, the O2 and all our partners to ensure all safety measures and guidelines are adhered to,” Taylor added.

The awards will be broadcast live in the UK on ITV and ITV Hub.

BRIT AWARDS 2021 – FULL LIST OF NOMINEES:Best album

Arlo Parks – Collapsed In Sunbeams

Celeste – Not Your Muse

Dua Lipa – Future Nostalgia

J Hus – Big Conspiracy

Jessie Ware – What’s Your Pleasure?

Best British female

Arlo Parks

Celeste

Dua Lipa

Jessie Ware

Lianne La Havas

Best British male

AJ Tracey

Headie One

J Hus

Joel Corry

Yungblud

Best British group

Bicep

Biffy Clyro

Little Mix

The 1975

Young T & Bugsey

Breakthrough artist

Arlo Parks

Bicep

Celeste

Joel Corry

Young T & Bugsey

Best British single

220 Kid & Gracey – Don’t Need Love

Aitch & AJ Tracey ft Tae Keith – Rain

Dua Lipa – Physical

Harry Styles – Watermelon Sugar

Headie One ft AJ Tracey & Stormzy – Ain’t It Different

Joel Corry ft MNEK – Head & Heart

Nathan Dawe ft KSI – Lighter

Regard with Raye – Secrets

Simba ft DTG – Rover

Young T & Bugsey ft Headie One – Don’t Rush

International Female

Ariana Grande

Billie Eilish

Cardi B

Miley Cyrus

Taylor Swift

International male

Bruce Springsteen

Burna Boy

Childish Gambino

Tame Impala

The Weeknd

International group

BTS

Fontaines DC

Foo Fighters

Haim

Run The Jewels

Rising star award

Griff – Winner

Pa Salieu

Rina Sawayama

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