“The U.K.’s Biggest Night in Music” will rock London’s O2 Arena when The 2018 BRIT Awards with Mastercard ceremony recognizes the greatest British and International artists, songs, albums and videos over the past year. AXS TV will proudly air the event, just hours after its original U.K. broadcast at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT.
British comedian-TV presenter Jack Whitehall will host the ceremony and a star-studded talent roster is slated to hit the BRIT Awards stage to perform, including Justin Timberlake, fresh off his epic Super Bowl LII Halftime Show. Tickets are still available to The BRIT Awards 2018 with Mastercard at London’s O2 Arena, for anyone wanting to catch all the action firsthand.
Here is the complete list of performers for The BRIT Awards 2018:
Global superstar Justin Timberlake is a busy Man of the Woods right now. The Tennessee native has been busy promoting the Feb. 2 release of his fifth studio album. On Feb. 4, he delivered a career-spanning Super Bowl Halftime Show, then he stopped by his pal Jimmy Fallon’s special edition of “The Tonight Show” to talk about his performance, and the Prince tribute he delivered to honor “the GOAT of musicians.” To date, he’s released four singles from the album with “Filthy,” “Supplies,” the Chris Stapleton collaboration “Say Something” and the title track. He’s also touring to support the album on The Man of the Woods World Tour. The "Filthy" singer has received three BRIT Awards out of six nominations throughout his career.
British pop sensation Dua Lipa has taken the world by storm with the success of her 2017 self-titled debut album, which contains the UK chart-topping hit single “New Rules.” The music video for the track has amassed over 977 million views since its posting last July. She just performed the empowering song on SNL, along with her Chris Martin co-written ballad “Homesick.” She leads this year’s roster of BRIT Awards nominees by snagging five nominations, including a British Artist Album of the Year nomination for the album and a British Single nod for “New Rules,” among others. Lipa makes her BRIT Awards performance debut this year.
Ed Sheeran arguably owned the year in music in 2017 with the chart-busting, record-smashing success of his third studio album, ÷. The album debuted at No. 1 on the UK Albums Chart and all 16 tracks of the album made the Top 20 of the UK Singles Chart. It was the fastest-selling album of all time by a male artist. Sheeran has previously won four BRIT Awards, including Mastercard British Album of Year for his sophomore album, x, in 2015. He’s also won British Male Solo Artist twice, in 2012 and 2013, as well as British Breakthrough Act in 2012. He’s up for four awards this year, with Divide snagging a British Album of the Year Award, and “Shape of You” garnering nods for British Single and British Artist Video of the Year. He’s also up for British Male Solo Artist again this year.
Three-time BRIT Award winner Sam Smith has been nominated eight times. He won British Breakthrough Artist and Global Success awards in 2015 and the Critics Choice award in 2014. His highly-anticipated sophomore album, The Thrill of It All, topped the charts in multiple countries including the UK and the U.S. The album’s lead single, “Too Good at Goodbyes,” also topped the UK Singles Chart. Smith will tour to support the album this year and his return to the BRIT Awards stage marks his first since 2015.
Stormzy thrilled fans everywhere when he made a surprise appearance at the 2017 BRIT Awards to join his friend Ed Sheeran on stage for a “Shape of You” performance. He also performed in 2015 with Kanye West. He makes his first BRIT Awards solo performance and also made chart history when his critically-acclaimed debut album Gang Signs & Prayer hit No. 1 on the UK Albums Chart. He is the first grime artist to accomplish this feat. All of the tracks from the album charted in the Top 100 UK Singles Chart simultaneously, with seven tracks reaching the Top 40. He’s the fourth artist ever to achieve this. The album nets Stormzy a British Artist Album of the Year nomination this year.
Seattle-native rockers Foo Fighters will make their BRIT Awards performance debut this year, while also earning an International Group nomination. They’ve won the award three times in 2008, 2012, and 2015, as well as picking up an International Album Award in 2008 for Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace. Foo Fighters have sold 25 million albums worldwide, in a career spanning more than three decades. Four of their albums have reached No. 1 in the UK, including their most recent ninth studio album, Concrete and Gold, which dropped last year. It also debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 Chart and topped charts in multiple countries. They’ve also won multiple Grammy Awards, with their most recent win being Best Rock Song for “Run” in 2017.
Pop/R&B songstress Rita Ora will make her BRIT Awards performance debut this year. In May 2017 she released UK Top 10 single “Your Song,” which was co-written by Ed Sheeran and Steve Mac. She followed it up with “Anywhere” which hit No. 2 on the UK Singles chart and become her eleventh Top 10 hit in the UK. The former “X Factor UK” judge also teamed with former One Direction member Liam Payne for the “Fifty Shades Freed” single “For You.” The single was released last month and the music video followed on Jan. 26. Ora is a four-time BRIT Award nominee. Her 2012 debut album entered the UK Albums chart and No. 1 and spawned the UK No. 1 singles “R.I.P.” and “How We Do (Party).”
Rag’n’Bone Man won BRIT Awards for British Breakthrough Act and Critics Choice last year. His debut album, Human, was released last year to widespread critical acclaim. It debuted at No. 1 on the UK Albums chart and earned the distinction of being the fastest-selling debut album by a male artist during the 2010s. The album also topped charts in multiple countries, including France, Sweden, and Ireland. The album’s title track notably topped Billboard’s Alternative Songs Chart in the U.S. and peaked at No. 2 on the UK singles chart. Rag’n’Bone Man is nominated this year for British Male Solo Artist, British Album of the Year for Human and British Single for “Human.”
British soul-R&B-jazz artist Jorja Smith recently won the BRIT Critics Choice Award 2018. The English native songstress gained attention with impressive guest spots on Drake’s More Life tracks “Get It Together” and “Jorja Interlude.” She has also appeared as a special guest at Drake’s UK headlining shows. Her 2016 debut single “Blue Lights” and she released a four-track EP called Project 11 at the end of that year. She released another single, called “Beautiful Little Fools” in 2017. Adele was the inaugural recipient of the Critics Choice Award in 2008 and Rag’n’Bone Man won it last year.