Brit Awards Loom

Lily Allen, Muse, Snow Patrol and Gnarls Barkley lead the field ahead of the music industry's biggest night of the year, the Brit Awards. The four acts are nominated for three awards at the ceremony, to be held at Earls Court in London.
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“I feel really weird about it. I've never won anything,” said Allen, who is up for best female and best album.

The ceremony will be broadcast live on TV for the first time since 1989. Comedian Russell Brand hosts.

The programme, on ITV1, will be shown with a 30-second delay to enable producers to censor any offensive material.

But Brand, who is renowned for his risque, livewire act said he would be on his best behaviour.

“I have no surprises up my sleeve other than my brilliantly elegant wrists,” he told Radio 1.

The last time the awards went out live, in 1989, turned into a famously shambolic night, hosted by Samantha Fox and Mick Fleetwood.

US pop band Scissor Sisters will kick off proceedings at 2000 BST with a performance of their number one hit I Don't Feel Like Dancing.

Amy Winehouse, Corrine Bailey Rae, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Snow Patrol will be among the other acts taking to the stage.

The whole event is themed around love and hate, with Oasis performing on the “hate” stage and Take That taking helm on the “love” stage.

The after-show party will reportedly continue the theme, allowing guests to get married or divorced.

“We're straddling an equilibrium between yin and yang,” said Brand. “Conceptually, it's quite challenging.”

The reformed Take That are favourites with bookmaker Ladbrokes to win the best British single award, decided by a public vote during the event.

Earlier rounds of text voting by commercial radio listeners have narrowed down 11 songs to the final five: The Feeling's Fill My Little World: Razorlight's America; Chasing Cars by Snow Patrol; Take That's Patience; Will Young – All Time Love.

The public has decided a record three further categories.

BBC Radio 1 listeners voted for the best British breakthrough act, Radio 2 listeners for the best British live act, and MTV viewers decided the international breakthrough award.

Oasis will be honoured with an outstanding contribution to music award at the ceremony.


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