The Brit Awards take place tonight at the O2 Arena. It’s set to be a glamorous affair: all manner of stars from Hugh Jackman to the 1975 and Pink to Dua Lipa will be performing.
To get in the mood for the ceremony, here's a look back at 11 of the greatest performances in the Brits’ history.
1. Stormzy (2018)
Fresh from stealing Ed Sheeran’s thunder in 2017, last year’s show belonged to grime artist Stormzy.
First, he stood under pouring rain for a heartfelt Blinded By Your Grace Pt 2, backed by a gospel choir dressed in the balaclavas of his album cover.
He then stripped off his soaked shirt for a ferocious bare-chested rendition of Big For Your Boots, complete with updated freestyle lyrics about the Grenfell Tower victims and Daniel Kaluuya’s Bafta win three nights before. Stormzy was a blast of pure energy as he prowled the stage, declaring: “South London in the building!”
2. Take That – Greatest Day (2009)
Even without Robbie Williams, Take That proved they could still dazzle a crowd when they blasted down from the roof of Earl’s Court on a neon-lit UFO, tearing through this euphoric pop anthem.
3. Adele – Someone Like You (2011)
While other Brits performances were becoming increasingly pyrotechnic, Adele went back to basics. The 22-year-old looked very alone on stage with just a pianist, about to play a song nobody had heard before. With just her expansive voice, and lyrics that teetered between despair and magnanimity, she stole the show and caught the attention of the whole world.
4. Kanye West (2006)
Never knowingly under-accessorised, the groundbreaking rapper made his Brits debut alongside 77 bikini-clad backing dancers, all sprayed head-to-toe in gold paint. Appropriately enough, the song he chose to begin his medley of hits was Gold Digger.
5. Michael Jackson – Earth Song (1996)
Even if he hadn’t been interrupted by Jarvis Cocker’s bottom-waggling protest, Michael Jackson would still have gone down in Brits history for this hubristically theatrical – but surprisingly moving – performance.
6. Prince (2006)
After years seemingly lost to legal wranglings and symbolic name changes, Prince made a spectacular comeback at the show in 2006. Blasting through a medley of his biggest hits while twiddling out some incredible guitar solos, he used the slot as an amuse-bouche for his 21-night stint at the O2 the following year.
7. Justin Timberlake and Kylie Minogue – Rapture (2003)
Before he embarrassed Janet Jackson at the Super Bowl, the former N’Sync singer was already setting out his stall as pop music’s uber-cad with this bottom grabbing homage to Benny Hill, during a snazzy cover of Blondie’s rapture. Minogue just about kept her dignity, if not her modesty, in the exchange.
8. Spice Girls – Who Do You Think You Are? (1997)
The Spice Girls’ crowning moment is remembered for their astonishing take-no-prisoners performance – and for Geri Halliwell’s revealing dress, sewn by her sister from a Union Jack tea-towel.
9. Lady Gaga (2009)
Gaga may have made a more spectacular impression with her solo turn the following year, shrouded in white lace, but this was the moment she announced her arrival to the world, chaperoned by the Pet Shop Boys and the Killers’ Brandon Flowers.
10. Whitney Houston – It’s Not Right But It’s OK (1999)
This might be the way to remember Houston. Throwing off her goody-goody, ballad-loving image, Houston turned up with a sleek bob and tight black leather dress, and belted out a flawless rendition of this tough-woman revenge anthem.
11. Amy Winehouse – Valerie/Love is a Losing Game (2008)
As the North London singer saw her turbulent private life splashed across the tabloids, her live shows became increasingly erratic. But here she was all slickness and polish, defying her detractors in a show-stealing duet with Mark Ronson on The Zutons’ Valerie.
But the real treat came half an hour later, when Winehouse returned to the stage for a heartrending performance of her own song Love is a Losing Game.
The Brit Awards 2019 air on ITV at 9pm tonight, live from the O2 Arena in London