AXS TV premieres 'The BRIT Awards 2018' with performances by Justin Timberlake, Ed Sheeran and more on Feb. 21

AXS TV proudly presents “The UK’s Biggest Night in Music” as The BRIT Awards 2018 with Mastercard airs on Wednesday, Feb. 21 at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT, hours after its original UK broadcast.  The BRIT Awards 2018 is filmed live from London’s world-renowned O2 Arena. British actor-comedian Jack Whitehall will host this year’s main event, which features a star-studded lineup of explosive performances from some of music’s biggest artists and BRIT Awards winners and nominees.

Justin Timberlake will follow up his dazzling Super Bowl LII Halftime Show with an exciting performance and Foo Fighters, who are nominated for International Group, will rock the BRIT Awards stage for the first time. Chart-busting global superstar Ed Sheeran will also perform. The “Perfect” singer-songwriter is a four-time BRIT Award winner and is nominated this year for British Male Solo Artist, British Album of the Year (÷), British Single and British Artist Video of the Year, both for “Shape of You.”

Other superstar artists who are slated to perform include international pop queen Rita Ora, three-time BRIT Award winner Sam Smith, Rag’n’Bone Man, who is up for three awards, Stormzy, who snagged two nods this year, and synth-pop sensation Dua Lipa, who leads the list of 2018 BRIT Awards nominees with the most nominations. She is up for five awards including a nod for her self-titled album for British Album of the Year, British Female Solo Artist, British Breakthrough Act, British Artist Video of the Year and British Single, both for “New Rules.”

Steve Mac, who notably co-wrote and produced Ed Sheeran’s record-breaking megahit “Shape of You” will receive the British Producer of the Year award. “The X Factor UK” winners Little Mix are up for British Artist Video of the Year and British Single for “Touch.” The International Female Solo Artist nominees list features a huge crop of megastar competitors with Taylor Swift, Alicia Keys, Bjork, Lorde, and P!NK vying for the win.

Three former One Direction members Harry Styles, Liam Payne and Zayn are notably facing off in the fan-voted British Artist Video of the Year category. At the time of this printing, Little Mix tops the leaderboard with Styles’ high-flying “Sign of the Times” video following at No. 2, Payne’s “Strip That Down” video at No. 3, Zayn and Taylor Swift's “50 Shades Darker” collaboration “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever” at No. 4 and Lipa’s “New Rules” at No. 5.

Be sure to tune into AXS TV’s presentation of The BRIT Awards 2018 with Mastercard on Wednesday, Feb. 21 at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT to watch the action unfold. Stay tuned to AXS for more BRIT Awards coverage and click here to purchase tickets to attend the 2018 BRIT Awards show at London’s O2 Arena live.