Brit Awards 2013: news nominees and the gossip
Stars of the music world go head to head tonight as the Brit Awards, one of the biggest events in the industry calendar, get underway.
And with performances from Emeli Sandé, Mumford & Sons and Robbie Williams, and a trophy designed by artist Damien Hirst, it promises to be a night to remember.
Sandé is the nominations queen this year, up for four accolades, and the late Amy Winehouse could take a posthumous Brit award, as she is nominated for best British solo female.
Sandé, who had the best-selling album in the UK last year, is up for best female, best album and has two tracks in the best single category.
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Her debut album, Our Version of Events, sold 1.4 million copies in the UK last year and she performed at both the opening and closing ceremonies of the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Meanwhile Hot Right Now star Rita Ora has three nominations, including two in the best single list, while Muse, Paloma Faith, Plan B and Olly Murs are up for two prizes each.
Jessie Ware, Ben Howard, Rihanna and Coldplay also have double nominations.
It will be Rihanna's third consecutive win if she scoops the best international female prize.
Hosted by funnyman James Corden and with performances from One Direction, Emeli Sandé, Mumford & Sons, Muse, Ben Howard, and Justin Timberlake, the Brit Awards 2013 could set the scene for some celebrity drama.
Organisers have hinted the ceremony will make amends for cutting short Adele's victory speech last year. The star was interrupted as she accepted the best British album prize, as the TV show was running over time.
Meanwhile backstage teams are said to have been working hard to keep apart ex-lovers Taylor Swift and One Direction’s Harry Styles. The stars are being housed in different areas to avoid them seeing each other, and Swift has reportedly demanded Styles must not go within "100 yards" of her.
And in other news, rapper Jay-Z is rumoured to be hosting a lavish after-party set to cost more than £500,000.
But before the after-party (and no doubt a few after-after-parties) can get underway, the stars will have to battle it out for the top spots.
Folk rockers Mumford & Sons will go head to head with alt-J, Muse, The xx and One Direction for the British Group award, before tackling Coldplay, Rolling Stones, The Vaccines and Muse for the British Live Act accolade.
Meanwhile Ben Howard, Calvin Harris, Olly Murs, Richard Hawley and Plan B are geared for a battle of the boys in the British Male Solo Artist category.
Their female counterparts include Paloma Faith, Emeli Sandé, Jessie Ware, Bat for Lashes and Amy Winehouse.
Meanwhile stars from across the pond hoping to clinch the International Female Solo prize include Alicia Keys, Cat Power, Lana Del Ray, Rihanna and Taylor Swift.
Their male equals include Bruce Springsteen, Gotye, Jack White, Frank Ocean and Michael Buble.
Meanwhile Alabama Shakes, The Black Keys, FUN., The Killers and The Script are in the running for the International Group accolade.
Tom Odell will pick up the Critics’ Choice Award, while Damon Albarn, Paul Epworth and Jake Gosling are in the running for British Producer of the Year.
The Brit Awards 2013 kick off tonight at 8pm on ITV.