Skepta, Beyonce, Bowie Up For Brit Awards

Skepta, Beyonce, Bowie Up For Brit Awards

The four-member band, who found fame on television show "The X Factor", opened the awards show, which mainly honours British music and artists, with a lively performance of the song.

The Brit Awards, which recognize achievement in British and worldwide pop music, are going live tonight in the U.K. The show will feature performances from the likes of Katy Perry, Ed Sheeran, Bruno Mars, Little Mix, The 1975, Emeli Sandé, Skepta and Robbie Williams, who is receiving this year's BRITs Icon Award.

David Bowie was honoured with two posthumous awards at tonight's BRIT Awards, while The 1975, Little Mix and Rag'N'Bone Man were also among the big winners. The girl group are up for three awards at this year's ceremony.

Other winners included Emeli Sande who won Best British Female and David Bowie who posthumously won Best Solo Male. His Best Album award was collected by his son Duncan Jones.

Worldwide female solo artist sees a sibling rivalry between Beyonce and her sister Solange, who are also competing with Christine and the Queens, Rihanna and Sia.

The Brit Awards 2017 are on ITV at 19.30.

Coldplay singer Chris Martin performed a moving rendition of Michael's "A Different Corner" — dueting with a recording of Michael himself as an orchestra of violinists accompanied them onstage.

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Identified by the global sales success of British acts of their latest project/album.

The awards, a showcase for British sound and style with a sprinkling of big-name worldwide acts, have been accused of failing to represent the industry's ethnic diversity.

The Brits celebrate the very best of British music, but when are the awards and how can you watch the ceremony?

Grime artists Stormzy and Kano are among the contenders, reflecting the growing artistic and commercial clout of the distinctly British rap genre.

This year's BRIT Awards take place tonight (February 22).

Among those nominated is Alford star Emeli Sande.