BRIT AWARDS 2018: FIRST PERFORMERS REVEALED 34

The first live acts for The BRITs 2018 have been confirmed and we are so excited to share the huge line-up of British talent with you. 2017 has been a year of incredible success for Ed Sheeran, Stormzy, Sam Smith and Dua Lipa, the first four acts to secure a performance slot on the main BRITs show on 21 February.

Ed Sheeran’s history-making third album ‘÷’ is the fastest-selling album by a male artist, ever, in the UK. When Ed released ‘÷’ in March it dominated the UK singles chart with all 16 tracks charting in the UK Top 20. It is the fastest-selling album of all time and to date, 10 million copies have sold worldwide. The three times BRIT Award winner will play to over one million people in the UK alone in his stadium tour next year.

No stranger to The BRITs stage – Stormzy made a surprise appearance with his mate Ed Sheeran at 2017’s ceremony and was part of Kanye’s squad in 2015 – this will be his first solo performance. Stormzy made history this year when his debut album ‘Gang Signs & Prayer’ became the first grime album to reach No. 1 in the UK. He is also the fourth act ever to have every single track from his album enter the Top 100 UK Singles Chart simultaneously, including seven songs in the Top 40. 

Sam Smith – multiple BRIT, GRAMMY and Oscar winner – bagged his second Number 1 album with ‘The Thrill Of It All’ earlier this year, topping the US and UK Album Chart. This followed the success of his debut ‘In The Lonely Hour’ which sold 15 million copies worldwide. Sam will be returning to the BRIT Awards stage for the first time since his 2015 performance of ‘Lay Me Down. The year he also won ‘British Breakthrough Artist’ and the ‘Global Success’ Award.

Dua Lipa, the ‘most-streamed’ woman of 2017, became the first female solo artist to top the charts since Adele’s ‘Hello’ in 2015 with her summer release ‘New Rules’. Dua has sold over 8.5 million singles and 1.2 million albums worldwide. The British female breakthrough star of the year and 2017 BRITs Critics’ Choice shortlisted artist will make her debut on the BRITs stage in February. 

BRITs Chairman and Chairman & CEO of Sony Music UK & Ireland, Jason Iley said: “I’m very excited to confirm such a strong British line-up as our first four live acts for the main show in 2018: Ed Sheeran has had an exceptional year, across the world and we are thrilled to have him back on the show. Then we have previous Critics’ Choice winner Sam Smith returning to our stage following the incredible success of yet another No.1 album this year. Stormzy has had a phenomenal 2017, putting grime firmly on the map with his No. 1 album ‘Gang Signs & Prayer’ and Dua Lipa has been the biggest British female breakthrough story of the year.”

Tune into ITV at 5:45pm on 13 January for ‘The BRITs Are Coming’ to find out who is nominated for a 2018 BRIT Award with Clean Bandit, J Hus, Jorja Smith, Liam Payne and Paloma Faith performing live.

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RAG N BONE MAN CONFIRMED FOR 2018 BRIT AWARDS 13

We are so pleased to announce the 2017 winner of the BRITs Critics’ Choice and British Breakthrough awards Rag’n’Bone Man will be performing live at this year’s award ceremony on 21 February. He will join an already exceptional line-up which so far includes Dua Lipa, Ed Sheeran, Foo Fighters, Sam Smith and Stormzy.

In the last year, Rag’n’Bone Man has broken the record for fastest-selling UK male debut of the decade with his 3x Platinum No. 1 album  ‘Human’ which has sold 2.5 million copies worldwide.

Rag’n’Bone Man said: “Jheez! 2017 has flown by super quick. Its pretty mental to think that I bagged two awards at The BRITs last year and now I’m heading back to perform. I’m looking forward to being a part of the celebration with everyone. It’s going to be a good one for sure!”

BRITs Chairman & CEO and Chairman of Sony Music UK & Ireland Jason Iley said: “Rory epitomises how dreams can come true. He has had the most amazing 12 months and I’m so delighted to see him back where it all started.”

The 38th BRIT Awards will be hosted by Jack Whitehall at The O2, London and broadcast live on ITV. We can’t wait for Rag’n’Bone Man to bring his talent to the stage.

The nominations for the 2018 BRIT Awards will be revealed at ‘The BRITs Are Coming’ on Saturday 13 January. The show broadcast live on ITV will be hosted by Emma Willis and includes live performances from Clean Bandit, J Hus, Jorja Smith, Liam Payne and Paloma Faith.

FOO FIGHTERS CONFIRMED FOR BRIT AWARDS 2018 24

We are so delighted to announce that four-time BRIT winners and one of the world’s most successful bands Foo Fighters will perform on The BRITs stage for the first time on 21 February.

The international superstars will deliver one of their legendary live performances alongside performances from Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith, Stormzy and Dua Lipa.

Foo Fighters have sold more than 25 million records and sold out countless world tours. The band’s acclaimed ninth studio album ‘Concrete and Gold’ was their fourth to hit No.1 in the UK charts on release in September, topping the charts in more than a dozen countries.

BRITs Chairman & CEO and Chairman of Sony Music UK & Ireland Jason Iley said: “Anyone who was lucky enough to witness one of their shows on the recent sold out UK tour, or their set at Glastonbury – which was undoubtedly one of the best performances the festival has ever seen and a night that will be talked about forever – will know why Foo Fighters are the biggest and most exciting rock band in the world. Quite remarkably they have never performed at The BRITs, so I am over the moon to confirm a massive BRITs exclusive to have them grace our stage.”

With four BRIT Awards under their belt winning International Album in 2008 and International Group in 2008, 2012 and 2015 we can’t wait for Dave Grohl, Taylor Hawkins, Nate Mendel, Chris Shiflett, Pat Smear and Rami Jaffee to bring the incredible Foo Fighters energy to The BRITs stage.

The nominations for the 2018 BRIT Awards will be revealed at ‘The BRITs Are Coming’ on Saturday 13 January. The show broadcast live on ITV will be hosted by Emma Willis and include live performances from Clean Bandit, J Hus, Jorja Smith, Liam Payne and Paloma Faith.