The countdown for the 2013 Brit Awards is nearly over with just a few hours left until some of the biggest names in the British music industry hit the red carpet.
The ceremony will be broadcast live, hosted by James Corden, at London’s O2 Arena on Wednesday beginning at 20:00 GMT, 3 p.m. EST. Check your local listings for the channel but the awards show is available for live stream below or over at Ustream.com.
Scottish singer Emeli Sande is up for both the British female solo artist and best British album and slated to win big. Mumford & Sons are up for best British group after winning the album of the year last weekend at the 2013 Grammy Awards. Newcomers Rita Ora will likely snag the British breakthrough artist. The Rolling Stones are also up for best live act, the same year the band celebrated its 50th anniversary.
Adele who is nominated for best British single may or may not show up to the event, according to the BBC, after getting her speech cut short last year. BBC also reported she is rumored to be rehearsing for the Oscars on Sunday.
Robbie Williams, One Direction, Taylor Swift and Justin Timberlake will perform and winners will receive a trophy designed by British artist Damien Hirst.
The Brit Awards, often referred to as the Brits since it began in 1977, are the equivalent of the Grammy Awards, honoring musical artists and bands throughout the UK.
Below is a list of nominees for the 2013 Brit Awards.
British male solo artist
British female solo artist
Bat For Lashes
British breakthrough act
Mumford & Sons
Adele - Skyfall
Alex Clare - Too Close
Coldplay featuring Rihanna - Princess Of China
DJ Fresh featuring Rita Ora - Hot Right Now
Emeli Sande - Next To Me
Florence + The Machine - Spectrum (Say My Name)
James Arthur - Impossible
Jessie J - Domino
Labrinth featuring Emeli Sande - Beneath Your Beautiful
Olly Murs featuring Flo Rida - Troublemaker
Rita Ora featuring Tinie Tempah - RIP
Rizzle Kicks - Mama Do The Hump
Robbie Williams - Candy
Rudimental featuring John Newman - Feel The Love
Stooshe - Black Heart
British album of the year
Emeli Sande - Our Version of Events
Plan B - Ill Manors
Alt-J - An Awesome Wave
Paloma Faith - Fall To Grace
Mumford & Sons – Babel
International male solo artist
International female solo artist
Lana Del Rey
The Black Keys
British live act
Mumford & Sons
The Rolling Stones
Special recognition award
Winner: Tom Odell
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