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This year’s BRIT Awards take place at London’s Earls Court tonight (February 20).

Five time Grammy winning Amy Winehouse is expected to perform ‘Valerie’ and one other track from ‘Back To Black’, in her first live performance since entering rehab.

She has been nominated in the Best Single category for ‘Valerie’, and will perform with Mark Ronson for whom she recorded the The Zutons‘ cover for. It is the only catergory she is eligible for as she won the awards for her album at last year’s ceremony.

Paul McCartney is to pick up the Outstanding Contribution to Music award, and will perform for fifteen minutes at the end of the show, despite his ongoing court divorce battle with Heather Mills the past two weeks. Kylie Minogue will be presenting the former Beatle with his award.

Other highlights of tonight’s show are expected to be the Klaxons backing Rihanna on her global smash ‘Umbrella’ and seeing Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne compere the whole show live (albeit with a 30 second time delay).

The whole show is broadcast on ITV1 from 8pm.

Check back to for the full list of award winners, gossip and photos from this year’s event.

The full nominees are:

British Male Solo Artist
Jamie T
Mark Ronson
Newton Faulkner
Richard Hawley

British Female Solo Artist
Bat For Lashes
Kate Nash
KT Tunstall
Leona Lewis
PJ Harvey

British Group
Arctic Monkeys
Girls Aloud
Kaiser Chiefs
Take That

British Album
Arctic Monkeys – ‘Favourite Worst Nightmare’
Leona Lewis – ‘Spirit’
Mark Ronson – ‘Version’
Mika – ‘Life In Cartoon Motion’
Take That – ‘Beautiful World’

British Breakthrough Act
Bat For Lashes
Kate Nash
Leona Lewis

British Live Act
Arctic Monkeys
Kaiser Chiefs
Take That

British Single
The Hoosiers – ‘Worried About Ray’
Leona Lewis – ‘Bleeding Love’
Mark Ronson – ‘Valerie’ (featuring Amy Winehouse)
Mika – ‘Grace Kelly’
Take That – ‘Shine’

International Male Solo Artist
Bruce Springsteen
Kanye West
Rufus Wainwright
Michael Buble

International Female Solo Artist
Alicia Keys
Kylie Minogue

International Group
Arcade Fire
Foo Fighters
Kings Of Leon
The White Stripes

International Album
Arcade Fire – ‘Neon Bible’
Eagles – ‘Long Road Out Of Eden’
Foo Fighters – ‘Echoes, Silence, Patience, Grace’
Kings Of Leon ‘Because Of The Times’
Kylie Minogue – ‘X’

Outstanding Contribution Award
Paul McCartney


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