No sooner have the turkeys breathed a sigh of relief now that the Festive season is over (until next September anyway), than the BRIT Awards looms large on the horizon and with it, one or two turkeys of its own - well, certainly with one or two presenters in the past. But nowadays the big night is all about big names, big talents and big pizzazz - something that you can get involved in by attending the very same event. In fact, 'event' is too small a word for this year's jamboree so how about 'PARTY' with a big load of Ps? Yes folks, the BRIT Awards are 30 years old on February 16th - time to get your (very) glad rags on.
Performers will include Lady Gaga, Kasabian and JLS as well as a huge collaboration between grimey scamp Dizzee Rascal and last year's Critic's Choice winner, Florence and the Machine (this year's winner Ellie Goulding will no doubt put in an appearance as well).
Limited public tickets for the amazing live event cost £80 and go on sale Saturday(23rd Jan) at 10am.
BRIT stands for British Record Industry Trust and the awards are organized by the BPI (British Phonographic Industry). Money made from the awards is ploughed back into the BRIT School for Performing Arts & Technology in Selhurst, an institution that gives thousands of youngsters a year to excel in the world of performance, be it music, theatre, drama or dance. Former pupils have included Lily Allen, Leona Lewis, Kate Nash, Luke of The Kooks and Adele.
The Awards themselves reward the best in music according to various voting panels throughout the industry. The artist with the most awards to date is Robbie Williams (11), followed by Annie Lennox and Macca (8 apiece). We reckon he might hold onto the top spot since he is up for the Outstanding Contribution Award - but of course we don't know who else is being recognized yet - you will just have to keep watching this space for the nomination announcements and our predictions later tonight (18th).
Wonder if Mick Fleetwood and Sam Fox will do a re-take of their 'landmark' presentation in 1989 - you had to be there. [Got a feeling this year's presenter Peter Kay will do a slightly better job! - Ed]