On 18 February 2020 we will be celebrating our 40th major show since launching in 1977! We are planning lots of changes to the show and looking forward to maintaining our position as the UK’s biggest music awards. All the fun will take place on Tuesday 18 February at London’s O2 Arena and will be broadcast live on ITV.
This year, we’ll be letting the artists fully take the reins by encouraging them to create and curate performances unique to them, which will guarantee memorable and showstopping moments in the 2020 show. We’re also reducing the number of awards on the night to just nine, meaning plenty more time on the night for music.
We’ve revamped all the award categories (see below) with the winners being decided by the 2020 Official Voting Academy - The Academy is made up of approximately 1200 music industry experts throughout the UK including artists, retailers, promoters, agents, publishers, labels, producers and media.
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
After nearly a decade, the iconic Lady Britannia BRIT statuette is back! Having been reimagined each year since 2011 by a guest designer, 2020 winners will receive the classic trophy.
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!