The Brits 2016 – What We Want To See From Tonight’s Ceremony

It’s that time of year again – the Brit Awards take place tonight (February 24) at London’s O2 Arena. 2015’s event saw Madonna stacking it onstage, Ed Sheeran getting monumentally spannered at the after party and Kim Kardashian attempting to take a selfie with hosts Ant and Dec. But what’s in store for 2016? Here’s a few things we’d like to see happen.

Rihanna Actually Plays

After pulling out of last week’s Grammy Awards at the last minute, the fact that Rihanna’s currently in the UK and gearing up for the Brits means nothing. She could still decide against heading to the O2 and pop her feet up in her hotel room or nip down to Mahiki and get trollied on Treasure Chest cocktails. Fingers crossed she doesn’t.

Father John Misty FTW

Ok, so we know that US freak-folk chanson-peddler Father John Misty is likely to win as Sam Fox and Mick Fleetwood are invited back to host (see 1989’s disasterous ceremony). However, we can’t help but imagine how wonderful his acceptance speech for Best International Male would be, especially if he drops acid ahead of the ceremony, something he has a habit of doing.

Wolf Alice To Score British Breakthrough Act

NME faves Wolf Alice are up against Catfish and the Bottlemen, James Bay, Years and Years and Jess Glynne in the hotly contested newcomers category. The odds of them winning aren’t good, but we’d love the London grungers to add to their bulging awards shelf – two NME Awards and counting – with a Brit.

Aphex Twin Shows Up In His Tank
A fabulously leftfield addition to the Best British Male category comes in the shape of Richard D James – aka Aphex Twin. He hasn’t a hope in hell of winning – not when he’s up against Calvin Harris, Mark Ronson and James Bay – but we hope he at least shows up, and does so on the back of his famed Daimler Ferret Mark 3 tank.

Someone Addresses The #Britssowhite Controversy

With only two non-white British nominees, this year’s Brits have suffered a major backlash over the lack of diversity. Some artists have boycotted the event (Laura Mvula), while a petition to publish the voting academy’s diversity figures has been set up thanks to grime artists such as Stormzy, Skepta and Lady Leshurr being roundly ignored, despite having a massive 12 months. Will anyone address the problem during their acceptance speech? Here’s hoping.

Adele Stays In Tune
She didn’t quite manage it at the Grammys, wandering off key while singing ‘All I Ask’ at the LA ceremony due to technical problems with her piano. Bet on the Brits having a piano tuner in the wings just in case.