The BRIT Awards will take place in May 2021, it’s been confirmed. The annual awards show, which traditionally takes place in mid-February, will now been held at London’s O2 Arena on May 11, 2021.
Organisers reportedly backed the move after extensive consultation with music bosses and broadcasters ITV. The evening was set to take place in February, but the coronavirus pandemic prompted them to push it back by almost three months.
Confirming the move, BPI & Brit Awards Chief Executive Geoff Taylor said: “We want to make sure that The BRITs delivers the outstanding production levels, superstar performances and live excitement that make it the biggest night in music.
“We believe that the best way to achieve this in 2021 is to move the show back a few months to May, and we are already at work planning a spectacular event that will remind us how important music has been in getting us all through these difficult times. I would like to thank our labels, ITV, AEG and Mastercard and all our partners for their fantastic support.”
The date changes means that the awards eligibility period for next year will also be amended, although specific details are yet to be confirmed at the time of writing.
The 2020 BRIT Awards took place on February 18 at London’s O2 Arena, with Lewis Capaldi, Mabel and Billie Eilish among the big winners of the evening. Along with picking up the award for International Female Solo Artist, Eilish performed her new Bond theme ‘No Time To Die’ for the first time, alongside her brother Finneas and special guests Hans Zimmer and Johnny Marr.
Other big winners of the evening included Stormzy for Male Solo Artist, Foals for Best Group, Dave’s Psychodrama for Album of The Year, Tyler The Creator for International Male Solo Artist and R&B singer Celeste for Rising Star.