The 2018 Brit Awards was held on 21 February 2018 at the O2 Arena in London. It was the 38th edition of the British Phonographic Industry's annual pop music awards. On 8 December 2017, Jack Whitehall was announced as the host. Sculptor Sir Anish Kapoor designed the Brit Award statuette that was given to the winners.
On 11 January 2018, it was announced that there would be a Brits Social Squad and it consists of Joel, Grace Victory, Lucy Connell, Lydia Connell and Troy who will be presenting the Launch Show on Instagram. While on the Musical.ly app, Laura Bubble would be presenting live from the Red Carpet at the Launch Show. Meanwhile on Twitter, Lucy Connell and Lydia Connell would also be presenting from the Red Carpet at the Launch Show.
Ariana Grande was scheduled to perform a tribute, in remembrance of those who lost their lives at the Manchester Arena Bombing, but later withdrew due to illness. Liam Gallagher instead, stood in for the ill Grande, performing "Live Forever".
Jack Peter Benedict Whitehall (born 7 July 1988) is an English comedian, television presenter and actor. He is best known for his stand up comedy, for starring as JP in the TV series Fresh Meat, and for playing Alfie Wickers in the TV series Bad Education, which he also co-wrote. Since 2012, he has been a regular panellist on the game show A League of Their Own. He also hosted Backchat with his father, Michael.
Edward Christopher Sheeran, MBE (born 17 February 1991) is an English singer, songwriter, guitarist, and record producer. Sheeran was born in Halifax, West Yorkshire, and raised in Framlingham, Suffolk. He attended the Academy of Contemporary Music in Guildford as an undergraduate from the age of 18 in 2009. In early 2011, Sheeran independently released the extended play, No. 5 Collaborations Project. After signing with Asylum Records, his debut album, + (read as "plus"), was released in September 2011. It topped the UK and Australian charts, reached number five in the US, and has since been certified seven-times platinum in the UK. The album contains the single "The A Team", which earned him the Ivor Novello Award for Best Song Musically and Lyrically. In 2012, Sheeran won the Brit Awards for Best British Male Solo Artist and British Breakthrough Act. "The A Team" was nominated for Song of the Year at the 2013 Grammy Awards, where he performed the song with Elton John.
His second studio album, x (read as "multiply"), was released in June 2014. It peaked at number one in the UK and the US. In 2015, x won the Brit Award for Album of the Year, and he received the Ivor Novello Award for Songwriter of the Year from the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors. His single from x, "Thinking Out Loud", earned him two Grammy Awards at the 2016 ceremony: Song of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance. In May 2016, x was named the second best selling album worldwide in 2015.
Sheeran's third album, ÷ (read as "divide"), was released in March 2017. The album debuted at number one in the UK, the US and other major markets. The first two singles from the album, "Shape of You" and "Castle on the Hill", were released in January 2017 and broke records in a number of countries, including the UK, Australia and Germany, by debuting in the top two positions of the charts. He also became the first artist to have two songs debut in the US top 10 in the same week. By March 2017 Sheeran had accumulated ten top 10 singles from ÷ on the UK Singles Chart, breaking Scottish DJ Calvin Harris's record of most top 10 UK singles from one album. His fourth single from ÷, "Perfect", reached number one in the UK and Australia, while "Perfect Duet", an acoustic version featuring Beyoncé, reached number one in the US. Sheeran appeared on Debrett's 2017 list of the most influential people in the UK. Sheeran has sold more than 26 million albums and 50 million singles worldwide.
Steve McCutcheon (born 15 January 1972), professionally known as Steve Mac is a British musician, songwriter and record producer. He has worked with Demi Lovato, Shakira, One Direction, The Wanted, Westlife, Susan Boyle, Il Divo, JLS, Kelly Clarkson, Leona Lewis, The Saturdays Rita Ora and James Blunt.
Mac has collaborated with songwriters Wayne Hector, Ina Wroldsen, Benny Blanco, John Newman, Ammar Malik, Ross Golan, Charli XCX, Karen Poole, Lindy Robbins, Lily Allen, Emeli Sandé, Jason Derulo, Ed Sheeran.