Stage set for Brits

Some of the biggest names in rock and pop will gather for the biggest night in the UK music calendar tonight when the Brit Awards are staged at London’s 02 Arena.

Some of the biggest names in rock and pop will gather for the biggest night in the UK music calendar tonight when the Brit Awards are staged at London’s 02 Arena.

Here are the nominees for the 2013 Brit Awards:

:: British breakthrough act:

Alt-J

Ben Howard

Jake Bugg

Jessie Ware

Rita Ora

:: British female solo artist:

Amy Winehouse

Bat For Lashes

Emeli Sande

Jessie Ware

Paloma Faith

:: British group:

Alt-J

Mumford & Sons

Muse

One Direction

The xx

:: Live act:

Coldplay

Mumford & Sons

Muse

Rolling Stones

The Vaccines

:: British male solo artist:

Ben Howard

Calvin Harris

Olly Murs

Richard Hawley

Plan B

:: British producer (already announced):

Paul Epworth

:: British single

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

:: Special recognition award (already announced): Warchild

:: Brits global success (for international sales in 2012) – to be announced on the night

:: Critics’ choice (already announced): Tom Odell

:: International female solo artist:

Alicia Keys

Cat Power

Lana Del Rey

Rihanna

Taylor Swift

:: International group:

Alabama Shakes

Black Keys

Fun

The Killers

The Script

:: International male solo artist:

Bruce Springsteen

Frank Ocean

Gotye

Jack White

Michael Buble

:: Best album:

Alt-J – An Awesome Wave

Emeli Sande – Our Version Of Events

Mumford & Sons – Babel

Paloma Faith – Fall To Grace

Plan B – Ill Manors

Here are some facts and figures about the event:

:: A team of 1,000 people will be working backstage at the awards to ensure everything runs smoothly. They include 600 waiting and serving staff.

:: The crew has worked for two weeks to build the stage set, which has been brought on-site in 60 truck-loads.

:: Crowd safety barriers which would stretch 2km end-to-end will be set up around the building to keep order.

:: The sound and TV requirements mean that around 35km of cable will be coiled around the venue.

:: Goodie bags for VIP guests include overnight stays in a treehouse suite, a karaoke kit, perfumes and a portable wireless stereo system.

:: Catering staff will serve 4,000 meals to the guests and team involved in staging the event. The revellers will also use 15,000 glasses, while 5,500kg of ice cubes will be used to chill their drinks.

:: In total, the catering team – which includes 60 chefs – will have spent 2,000 hours preparing food. They will have worked their way through 1.5 tonnes of potatoes, one tonne of English beef fillet and beef shin, 100kg of mushrooms and 400 trays of baked macaroons.

:: This year three acts have each achieved a trio of nominations – Mumford & Sons, Alt J and Emeli Sande. But the highest number achieved in any one year is six, with Robbie Williams achieving that in 1999 and Craig David equalling it in 2001.

:: Williams has won more Brits than any other artist or group, with 12 awards in his own right. He also won five as a member of Take That, giving a grand total of 17.

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