UPDATE 10.02: Sir Rod Stewart will close the BRIT Awards 2020.
It's the second time Sir Rod will perform at the BRITs, with the first at the 1993 ceremony where he received the Outstanding Contribution award. He landed his tenth Number 1 album in December, spending the final three weeks of 2019 at Number 1.
Of performing at the ceremony, Stewart said "Happy to be asked to close out The BRITs on their 40th show celebrations."
International female nominee Lizzo will take to the stage on Tuesday February 18, fresh from her three award wins at the GRAMMYs. Lizzo is nominated in the International Female category alongside Ariana Grande, Billie Eilish, Camila Cabello and Lana Del Rey.
UK rap superstar Dave is up for four awards, the joint-most this year, matched by Lewis Capaldi. Dave is nominated in the Album of the Year, British Male, Best New Artist and Song of the Year groups. Dave's debut album Psychodrama went straight in at Number 1 on the Official Albums Chart and also won the 2019 Mercury Prize.
ORIGINAL ARTICLE: The first wave of performers have been confirmed for the BRIT Awards 2020.
Billie Eilish, Harry Styles, Lewis Capaldi, Mabel and Stormzy will perform on Tuesday February 18 on ITV live from London's O2 Arena. They join the BRITs 2020 Rising Star winner Celeste who was already announced to take to the stage.
Lewis Capaldi had a phenomenal 2019, represented by his four 2020 BRIT nominations for Song of the Year, Best New Artist, British Male and British Album of the Year. Lewis scored the most popular song of last year with Someone You Loved, while his album Divinely Uninspired to a Hellish Extent was the biggest album of 2019 and also the year's fastest-selling debut album.
Yep, these artists are ACTUALLY PERFORMING AT THE #BRITs 2020!!!!— BRIT Awards (@BRITs) January 15, 2020
...Are we dreaming?! See you on 18 February 🙌 pic.twitter.com/GpxvACfyGs
Stormzy is in the running for three awards - Song of the Year, British Male and British Album of the Year. Stormzy has claimed three Number 1 singles in the last nine months, with Vossi Bop claiming the biggest week of streams ever for a rap track. He scored the first new Number 1 single of the decade with Own It, and one week later his second album Heavy Is The Head reached Number 1, helping him claim the Official Chart Double.
Mabel had a breakthrough year in 2019, collecting the biggest song of the year by a female artist for Don't Call Me Up. That track is recognised in the Song of the Year category, while Mabel is also in contention for Best New Artist and Female Artist of the Year. Capitalising on her success, Mabel is lining up a new single that "feels as big if not bigger" than Don't Call Me Up, according to her label boss.
Billie Eilish is making more headlines this week with her BRITs performance announcement, following the news she will record the track for the upcoming James Bond movie No Time To Die. The 18-year-old is nominated for International Female at the 2020 BRITs after the release of her debut album When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?. The album was the best-selling 2019 release by a female artist on vinyl and cassette, and she became the youngest woman to ever claim a UK Number 1 album.
Rounding out the announcement is none other than Harry Styles, who received nods in the British Male and British Album categories. His latest album Fine Line reached Number 3 on the Official Albums Chart in December 2019 and his recent singles Lights Up and Adore You impacted the Top 10 of the Official Singles Chart.
The 40th BRIT Awards will see the ceremony streamlined and focus more on live performances, with several categories such as British Artist Video of the Year, Global Success and International Group scrapped.