The 2020 BRITs will be the landmark 40th show in the ceremony’s history, promising more music than ever before. The artists will be in control next year too – the BRIT Awards organisers are handing creative control over to the performers, “without imposing any creative limitations on their performances”.
Hailing from London’s O2 Arena on February 18, 2020 broadcast live on ITV, the 2020 BRITs will see a “streamlined” nine trophies given out. Viewer vote category British Artist Video of the Year has been scrapped, British Breakthrough Act is now known as Best New Artist, and British Single has been renamed Song of the Year and will now be chosen by the 2020 Official Voting Academy instead of the public.
The BRITs Critics’ Choice has been re-branded as the Rising Star Award with the winner taking to the stage on the night, while International Group has been removed entirely.
The classic Lady Britannia BRIT statuette will also return after nearly a decade away, with famous designers re-imagining the trophy in recent years.
Awards Show 2020 Category List
Male Solo Artist
Female Solo Artist
Best New Artist (previously British Breakthrough Act)
Rising Star (previously the Critics’ Choice Award)
Song Of The Year (previously British Single)
Mastercard Album Of The Year
International Male Solo Artist
International Female Solo Artist
Since 2008 the Critics’ Choice Award has helped launch some of our fave British artists of the last decade including Sam Fender, Adele, Florence + The Machine, Sam Smith and Rag ‘N’ Bone Man. This year, we’re evolving the award and renaming it the Rising Star Award. We’re also expanding the panel to include those that work with new rising talent on a regular basis in order to make sure we’re leaving no stone unturned in finding the best British talent out there. Also, in a BRITs first and providing a major platform to new British talent, our 2020 Rising Star Award winner will perform at the main show on the 18th February!
Speaking about the 2020 changes Chairman of The BRITs Committee for 2020 and Chairman and CEO of Universal Music UK David Joseph said: “We have had a fresh look at the BRIT Awards this year. Most importantly we will be putting creativity, British culture and exceptional performances at the heart of the show to make BRITs night a world class celebration. The awards should be a global platform for the artists of the year to create moments that live beyond the night itself. We are looking at everything to put on the best possible show.”
Chief Executive, BPI and BRIT Awards Ltd Geoff Taylor said: “It’s always exciting to launch the next BRITs campaign, but it’s extra special to be announcing the 40th edition of the awards show. The BRITs Committee will endeavour to make the 2020 BRITs a truly landmark event, highlighting not only another remarkable 12 months in the British music year to a growing global audience, but also paying tribute to many unforgettable BRITs moments that are now part of a rich and much loved heritage.”
That’s it for now, we’ll be announcing more exciting news in the run-up to The BRIT Awards 2020 with Mastercard, which will, as always, be a fantastic celebration of the very best of British music of the last twelve months!