Monday 22 January 2018

Brit Awards red carpet gallery: 60 images as favourites Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith arrive

Singer Ed Sheeran arrives for the BRIT music awards at the O2 Arena in Greenwich
Singer Ed Sheeran arrives for the BRIT music awards at the O2 Arena in Greenwich
Singer Rita Ora arrives for the BRIT music awards at the O2 Arena in Greenwich, London
Actor and singer Raleigh Ritchie arrives for the BRIT music awards at the O2 Arena in Greenwich, London
Rita Ora arriving for the 2015 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London.
Rita Ora arriving for the 2015 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London.
Singer Jessie Ware arrives for the BRIT music awards at the O2 Arena in Greenwich, London
Lewis Hamilton arriving for the 2015 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London.
Lewis Hamilton arriving for the 2015 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London.
Lewis Hamilton arriving for the 2015 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London.
Musician Jimmy Page arrives for the BRIT music awards at the O2 Arena in Greenwich, London
Musician Jimmy Page arrives for the BRIT music awards at the O2 Arena in Greenwich, London
Adam Lambert arriving for the 2015 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London.
Melanie Sykes arriving for the 2015 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London
Caroline Flack arriving for the 2015 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London.
Caroline Flack arriving for the 2015 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London.
Nick Grimshaw arriving for the 2015 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London.
Caroline Flack arriving for the 2015 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London.
Mike Kerr and Ben Thatcher of Royal Blood arriving for the 2015 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London.
Singer FKA twigs arrives for the BRIT music awards at the O2 Arena in Greenwich, London
Singers Rita Ora and Ricky Wilson arrive for the BRIT music awards at the O2 Arena in Greenwich, London
Singer Rita Ora arrives for the BRIT music awards at the O2 Arena in Greenwich, London
Singer Rita Ora arrives for the BRIT music awards at the O2 Arena in Greenwich, London
Singer FKA twigs arrives for the BRIT music awards at the O2 Arena in Greenwich, London
Calvin Harris arriving for the 2015 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London.
Marvin Humes arriving for the 2015 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London.
Michelle Keegan and Mark Wright arriving for the 2015 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London.
Michelle Keegan and Mark Wright arriving for the 2015 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London.
Cameron Edwards (left) and Joe Lenzie of Sigma arriving for the 2015 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London.
Michelle Keegan and Mark Wright arriving for the 2015 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London.
Jacob Anderson aka Raleigh Ritchie arriving for the 2015 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena
Jacob Anderson aka Raleigh Ritchie arriving for the 2015 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London.
Singer Jamelia arrives for the BRIT music awards at the O2 Arena in Greenwich, London
Michelle Keegan arriving for the 2015 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London.
Singer Jamelia arrives for the BRIT music awards at the O2 Arena in Greenwich, London
Michelle Keegan arriving for the 2015 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London
Michelle Keegan arriving for the 2015 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London
Singer Jamelia arrives for the BRIT music awards at the O2 Arena in Greenwich, London,
Pop group Rudimental (L-R) members Piers Agget, Kesi Dryden, Amir Amor and DJ Locksmith arrive for the BRIT music awards at the O2 Arena
Jessie Ware arriving for the 2015 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London.
Ben Haenow arriving for the 2015 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London
Mark Ronson and Josephine de La Baume arriving for the 2015 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena
Singer Mariana Diamandis arrives for the BRIT music awards at the O2 Arena in Greenwich, London
Mark Ronson and Josephine de La Baume arriving for the 2015 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena
Marina Diamandis arriving for the 2015 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London.
Marina Diamandis arriving for the 2015 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London.
Sarah Hadland arriving for the 2015 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London.
Television reality star Michelle Keegan arrives for the BRIT music awards at the O2 Arena in Greenwich, London
Television presenter Holly Willoughby arrives for the BRIT music awards at the O2 Arena in Greenwich, London
Television presenter Holly Willoughby arrives for the BRIT music awards at the O2 Arena in Greenwich, London
Television reality stars Mark Wright and Michelle Keegan arrive for the BRIT music awards at the O2 Arena
Fearne Cotton arriving for the 2015 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London.
Sam Smith arriving for the 2015 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London.
Fearne Cotton arriving for the 2015 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London.
Fearne Cotton arriving for the 2015 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London.
Sam Smith arriving for the 2015 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London.
Ella Henderson arriving for the 2015 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London.
Singer Sam Smith arrives for the BRIT music awards at the O2 Arena in Greenwich, London
(Left to right) Kesi Dryden, Piers Agget, Amir Amor and DJ Locksmith of Rudimental arriving for the 2015 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London.
Ella Henderson arriving for the 2015 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London.
Holly Willoughby arriving for the 2015 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London.
Holly Willoughby arriving for the 2015 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London.
Lianne La Havas arriving for the 2015 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London.
Ella Henderson arriving for the 2015 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London.
Singer George Ezra arrives for the BRIT music awards at the O2 Arena in Greenwich, London
Holly Willoughby arriving for the 2015 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London.
Singer George Ezra arrives for the BRIT music awards at the O2 Arena in Greenwich, London
Singer Jess Glynne arrives for the BRIT music awards at the O2 Arena in Greenwich, London
Singer Jess Glynne arrives for the BRIT music awards at the O2 Arena in Greenwich, London
Jo Whiley arriving for the 2015 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London.
George Ezra arriving for the 2015 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London.
Jess Glynne arriving for the 2015 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London.
Laura Jackson arriving for the 2015 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London.
Jess Glynne arriving for the 2015 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London.
Jess Glynne arriving for the 2015 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London.
Jess Glynne arriving for the 2015 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London.
Laura Jackson arriving for the 2015 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London.
Laura Jackson arriving for the 2015 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London.
Duke Dumont arriving for the 2015 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London.
Laura Jackson arriving for the 2015 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London.
Rebecca Ferguson arriving for the 2015 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London.
Singer James Bay arrives for the BRIT music awards at the O2 Arena
Ed Sheeran arriving for the 2015 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London.
Paloma Faith arriving for the 2015 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London.
James Bay arriving for the 2015 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London.
Singer Paloma Faith arrives for the BRIT music awards at the O2 Arena in Greenwich, London, February 25, 2015. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett
Paloma Faith arrives for the BRIT music awards at the O2 Arena in Greenwich, London, February 25, 2015. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett

Robert Dex

The two golden boys of pop - Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith - have hit the red carpet ahead of tonight's Brits.

Smith, who leads the nominations at the annual event, will be hoping for a repeat of his success at the Grammys when he takes to the stage.

The Stay With Me singer, who won four Grammys earlier this month, is in the running for five Brits, narrowly ahead of Sheeran and George Ezra who are up for four apiece.

He said the last 12 months had been "an incredible experience", telling Capital FM the one award he really wants is British Breakthrough Act.

He said: "I truly feel that sums up and reminds people that I'm still on my first record and what me and my team have achieved this year for the first record is unreal".

The 22-year-old is in the running for prizes including best male, best album and best newcomer at the bash - a year after collecting the Critics' Choice title.

But he will have to share the limelight with rapper Kanye West whose appearance at the event was announced last night.

The Gold Digger star posed for fans' pictures in a branch of Nando's at the O2 before the event started.

Rock duo Royal Blood will compete for a trio of awards on the night, while singer Jess Glynne also finds her name on the shortlists three times as a guest vocalist on singles by Route 94 and Clean Bandit.

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Smith goes up against Sheeran, Ezra and Paolo Nutini for best male as well as Damon Albarn, who collects his first Brit nomination in his own right after years of acclaim for his output with acts such as Blur and Gorillaz.

Smith's release In The Lonely Hour lines up for the best album award against Sheeran's x, Alt-J's This Is All Yours, Ezra's Wanted On Voyage and Royal Blood's self-titled debut.

The ceremony, shown live on ITV, is hosted by Ant and Dec.

Bosses of the event - officially called the Brit Awards 2015 with MasterCard and held at the O2 Arena - have reshaped the ceremony in recent years to make the album prize the climax of the night.

Smith, who first came to attention as guest vocalist on Naughty Boy's La La La, also competes for best newcomer and his single Stay With Me competes for best single and best video.

Sheeran is also in the running for best single and best video for Thinking Out Loud, while Ezra is up for best breakthrough act and best single for his track Budapest.

Between them, Smith, Sheeran and Ezra have sold almost four million copies of the albums they released last year in the UK alone.

Take That were among the omissions from the nominations, with their comeback as a trio failing to pick up any nods.

Although many of the British categories were dominated by male artists, FKA Twigs and Ella Henderson were among the female performers who picked up two nominations. They are both up for solo British female along with Jessie Ware, Lily Allen and Paloma Faith.

The British group category sees bass and drums duo Royal Blood taking on One Direction, Coldplay, Alt-J and Clean Bandit.

The international group category sees US act The War On Drugs - whose album Lost In The Dream was seen by many critics as a highpoint of 2014 - taking on Swedish folk duo First Aid Kit, along with more chart-friendly names Foo Fighters, 5 Seconds Of Summer and The Black Keys.

Swift has been shortlisted for best international female along with Beyonce, Lana Del Rey, Sia and St Vincent.

Geoff Taylor, chief executive of the Brit Awards and music industry body BPI, said: ''These nominations capture the buzz around new British music right now, and acknowledge the arrival of a new generation of talent that will ensure the continuing success of British music around the world."

Press Association

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