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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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