Brit awards 2021: follow the red carpet and buildup live

Meanwhile eye-grabbing coats are emerging as a trend for men: Rag’n’Bone Man will perform with Pink later, and Headie One is up for male solo artist and British single.

Arlo Parks’ smile is hitting us so square between the eyes that we may need a couple of minutes to walk it off. That dusky pink shirt paired with the suit is really chic, too. A real standout look amid a crop of pop stars who gratifyingly look like they’ve forgotten how to dress themselves during the pandemic.

She’s up for three awards as well. In our idle pre-awards chatter, both me and Laura had her slated to pick up breakthrough artist.

Up for British female solo artist and album of the year, here’s Jessie Ware fantastically channelling goth matriarch Morticia Addams.

Olivia Rodrigo arrives – later on she’ll make her UK live debut in the show itself. Can’t help but feel if she wants to continue to be known beyond High School Musical she might have chosen something less thunderously prom-worthy, but the colour pops.

Read Laura’s excellent profile with her here if you want to catch up on her astonishing rise thus far.

Also arriving at Young T & Bugsey, who are up for breakthrough artist, British group and British single – making them joint top of the nominees (with quite a few others in this fairly even field).

In increasingly topsy-turvy awards fashion for men, it’s got to the point where wearing a tuxedo is starting to look like some radical sartorial choice and dressing in neon tartan is the height of normcore. Bugsey looks great in his.

Nice of Celeste to come as an exquisite corpse drawing: top and bottom thirds beautiful ballerina, mid-third juvenile crow.

I know nothing whatsoever about fashion and have been wearing the same elasticated trousers and bobbly jumper for 15 months now. The first time I went out post-lockdown, I swiftly tried on and discarded three outfits before leaving the house in a dire combination that I regretted all day. Watching the red carpet photos roll in this evening, well, I’m glad that it’s not just me making giant stabs in the dark at how to get dressed in 2021. The looks so far are quite Quality Street-core. Well done to Griff for styling out some evident umbrella issues.

Here’s a reminder of the really very good crop of nominees for 2021. Already announced as winners are Griff with the tastemaking Rising Star award, and Taylor Swift with the global icon award.

Female solo artist
Arlo Parks
Celeste
Dua Lipa
Jessie Ware
Lianne La Havas

Male solo artist
AJ Tracey
Headie One
J Hus
Joel Corry
Yungblud

British group
Bicep
Biffy Clyro
Little Mix
The 1975
Young T & Bugsey

Breakthrough act
Arlo Parks
Bicep
Celeste
Joel Corry
Young T & Bugsey

British single
220 Kid with Gracey – Don’t Need Love
Aitch x AJ Tracey feat Tay Keith – Rain
Dua Lipa – Physical
Harry Styles – Watermelon Sugar
Headie One feat AJ Tracey and Stormzy – Ain’t It Different
Joel Corry x MNEK – Head and Heart
Nathan Dawe x KSI – Lighter
Regard and Raye – Secrets
S1mba feat DTG – Rover
Young T & Bugsey feat Headie One – Don’t Rush

British album
Arlo Parks – Collapsed in Sunbeams
Celeste – Not Your Muse
Dua Lipa – Future Nostalgia
J Hus – Big Conspiracy
Jessie Ware – What’s Your Pleasure

International female solo artist
Ariana Grande
Billie Eilish
Cardi B
Miley Cyrus
Taylor Swift

International male solo artist
Bruce Springsteen
Burna Boy
Childish Gambino
Tame Impala
The Weeknd

International group
BTS
Fontaines DC
Foo Fighters
Haim
Run the Jewels

We’ve had to wait an extra three months to be snarky about some pop stars, but the Brit awards, postponed from their usual February slot by the pandemic, are finally upon us.

The ceremony begins at 8pm and you can watch it on ITV, ITV Hub, and YouTube. We’ll be announcing all the awards and reviewing all the performers and, before that, taking a look at all the red carpet arrivals.

Follow it along with us, and you can comment below on all the outfits/songs/hesitant social distancing.