Artwork for The Brit Awards 2018

Live perfomances on the night from global superstars Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith, Stormzy, Dua Lipa, Foo Fighters and Rag ā€˜nā€™ Bone Man

BBC Brit will exclusively simulcast The Brit Awards 2018 with Mastercard on (DStv channel 120) Wednesday, 21 February live from London from 21:30. The A list ceremony will be hosted for the first time by comedian and actor Jack Whitehall.

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The Brit Awards are the highest profile music awards ceremony in the UK and celebrate British and international music artists, voted for by industry experts – equivalent to the Grammy Awards in the United States.

Dua Lipa leads the charge with nominations for British Female, British Breakthrough, British Single, British Artist Video of the Year and the prestigious Mastercard British Album of the Year for her self-titled Top Ten debut, which produced the No. 1 single New Rules and three more Top 40 singles. Her first ever BRIT nominations follow an extraordinary year in which she was named most streamed female artist in the UK.

International rock superstars and four-time Brit winners Foo Fighters are confirmed to make their debut appearance at the 2018 awards ceremony, joined by Ed Sheeran, Stormzy, Dua Lipa and Sam Smith, who will also perform on the night.

2017 was yet another imperious year for Ed Sheeran and his four nominations for British Male Solo Artist, British Single, Mastercard British Album of the Year and British Artist Video of the Year reflect this.

Hot on his heels with three nominations apiece are J Hus and Rag ‘n’ Bone Man, who are both in the mix for Mastercard British Album of the Year along with Stormzy, who scores two debut nominations for this and for British Male Solo Artist.

Also up for two awards are – Little Mix, Calvin Harris/Pharrell Williams/Katy Perry/ Big Sean, Clean Bandit ft Zara Larsson, Loyle Carner, Jonas Blue ft William Singe and Liam Payne ft Quavo – the latter sees Liam up against his former bandmates Harry Styles and Zayn for British Artist Video of the Year.

Another notable nomination goes to Liam Gallagher, receiving his first solo nod for British Male Solo Artist, and first Brit nomination since being in Oasis in 2006.

The international categories sees huge megastars including Drake, P!nk, Taylor Swift, Killers, Kendrick Lamar and main show performers Foo Fighters up for awards.