The next edition of the BRIT Awards, which have been held in February every year but one since 1982, has been pushed back to May 11, 2021. The BRITS are the latest in a long line of award shows to be delayed because of COVID-19.
In a statement, Geoff Taylor, chief executive, BPI & BRIT Awards Ltd., said: “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. We believe that the best way to achieve this in 2021 is to move the show back a few months to May…”
Organizers made the decision to move the date following consultation with music industry leaders and show partners Mastercard, ITV and AEG. The awards eligibility period will be amended with further announcements to follow.
The 2020 show was held on Feb. 18, at the O2 Arena in London, with comedian Jack Whitehall hosting. It was among the last major award shows—or mass public events—before everything shut down in mid-March. Lewis Capaldi was the night’s big winner, with two awards. He won best new artist and song of the year for his global smash “Someone You Loved.” Dave’s Psychodrama took the award for British album of the year.
The 41st annual BRIT Awards with Mastercard (which is their official name) is set to be broadcast live on ITV. The statement did not say if the show would again be held at the O2 Arena, the show’s home since 2011, or if Whitehall will return as host. Whitehall has hosted the show the last three years.