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BRIT Awards moves to May 2021

By | Published on Monday 29 June 2020

BRIT Awards 2021

The 2021 BRIT Awards will take place three months later than originally planned, it has been announced. The event will shift to May from its usual February date, as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Organisers say that the move will ensure a higher level of safety for attendees and better opportunities for artists to perform – especially those travelling from abroad.

“We want to make sure that The BRITs delivers the outstanding production levels, superstar performances and live excitement that make it the biggest night in music”, says Geoff Taylor, boss of BRITs organiser the BPI. “We believe that the best way to achieve this in 2021 is to move the show back a few months to May”.

“We are already at work planning a spectacular event that will remind us how important music has been in getting us all through these difficult times”, he adds. “I would like to thank our labels, ITV, AEG and Mastercard and all our partners for their fantastic support”.

The 2021 BRITs ceremony is now due to take place at AEG’s the O2 Arena in London on 11 May, and will be broadcast live on ITV as usual. The eligibility period for the awards is also being extended.

In other awards news, it was announced on Friday that this year’s Ivors ceremony has been cancelled, due to the ongoing pandemic. The event was pushed back to September earlier this year, but will now not take place at all.

Winners will still be announced though, on 2 Sep. As Ivors Academy CEO Graham Davies and Chair Crispin Hunt stressed in a joint statement: “As a community of music creators, The Ivors Academy has presented awards continuously for 64 years and 2020 will be no different. Lockdown proved how important music is to our lives and how fragile the live music industry is. Now, more than ever, songwriting and composing should be championed and celebrated to keep music alive”.

The 2021 edition of the event is scheduled to take place at Grosnevor House in London in May next year. The specific date is yet to be announced.