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5 things you need to know about The Brit Awards 2012

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1WHAT?
The biggest and best music awards show in the UK. The one that is always equal parts awful and amazing. The one where Geri Halliwell walked out of an inflatable fanny and wore that iconic tea-towel dress. That’s it, it’s The Brits. And it’s back, 21st February at London’s the O2 and being broadcast sort-of live.

2WHO’S NOMINATED?
Lots of people in lots of categories – most of which you don’t care about. The people with the most nods? That’ll be Ed Sheeran (4), Jessie J (3), Adele (3), Florence + The Machine (2), Emeli Sandé (2) and Coldplay (2). Full nominations here.

3WHO’S PRESENTING?
Unfathomably inaccurately labelled ‘comedian’ James Corden returns to present the awards.

WHERE’S THE DRAMA?
The Best British Single award nominations are decided by sales and radio airplay, rather than 1,000 definitely-not snobby industry types who pick everything else, and therefore reflect what people spend their dosh on and listen to. In that category you’ll find find familiar faces like JLS, The Wanted, Pixie Lott, One Direction, Olly Murs and Example, amongst others. The winner of this award is decided by public vote, which opens later today here. Let the madness begin.

5WHO’S PERFORMING ON THE NIGHT?
For 84 million reasons Adele’s back for more, and her supporting cast will include Bruno Mars (oh), Coldplay (oh), Ed Sheeran (ekk), Florence + The Machine (ahh), Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds (eh?) and the Outstanding Contribution to Music-winning Blur (erm). Never mind, you can always watch MP:TV instead.

6ANYTHING ELSE?
Did we say 6 things? No we did not.

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