The eyes of the music industry will be on the O2 Arena in London tomorrow night as the BRIT Awards promises yet another night of glamour, music and controversy. Well, it wouldn’t be the BRITs without somebody falling out on stage, grabbing a microphone or throwing something over a politician now, would it?
With the awards leaving their original home of Earls Court for the first time in their 31 year history to move to the O2, James Corden will host a show that has historically attracted the attention for reasons other than music.
The BRIT Awards have gone down in notoriety in recent years. Last year, Liam Gallagher stole the show when he accepted an award on behalf of Oasis, thanking his former band mates – except brother Noel – before throwing his microphone into the crowd. Before, that, we’ve had Russell Brand talking about the Queen’s ‘naughty bits’, Vic Reeves turning up on stage having had one too many, Robbie Williams challenging Liam Gallagher to a bit of fisticuffs, Chumbawumba throwing a bucket of ice cold water over John Prescott and, of course, Jarvis Cocker.
This year, many are expecting more of the same. The last time that James Corden hosted an awards show, the Glamour Women Awards, he was involved in a high profile spat with Patrick Stewart and flashed his bare belly to a stunned audience. There’s also the huge press furore over what Rihanna will, or rather, won’t be wearing during her performance.
It’s easy to forget that in the middle of this cocktail of pop stars and free flowing alcohol is a music event. Twelve Awards are up for grabs on Tuesday night, with the likes of Cheryl Cole, Take That, Scouting for Girls, Tine Tempah, Mumford & Sons, Katy Perry, Kylie Minogue, Justin Bieber and the cast of Glee all up for gongs. Expect some memorable performances as well, although this year’s acts will have to go some way to out-do the duet between Dizzie Rascal and Florence & the Machine 12 months ago.
The music, as every year, is available to own in the form of the Brit Awards Album 2011, with 60 tracks spread across three CD’s. If you can’t catch the BRITs live on ITV1 tomorrow night, this would make the ideal substitute.