Emeli Sande to close Brit Awards this evening before taking six-month break from playing live

Singer will perform last at awards ceremony this evening (February 20)

Emeli Sande will close the Brit Awards this evening, before taking a six-month break from performing live.

The singer, who has become synonymous with high profile performances after singing live at the opening and closing ceremonies at the 2012 Olympic Games, will bring the ceremony to a close on a night where she is nominated for three awards. Sandé has also performed at the Sports Personality of the Year in 2012 as well as numerous chat shows and X Factor appearances.

Speaking about her blanket coverage, Sandé told The Sun that she is looking forward to “laying low” for a while. “I’m happy to leave the limelight for a bit and lay low after. I’m going to be in the studio working on my next album. I just want to make more music, as that’s my favourite thing.”

Sandé is one of a host of big name performers due to play live at the annual event this evening (February 20), which takes place at London’s O2 Arena. Muse will open the show with a performance of ‘Supremacy’ backed by a 75-piece band. Elsewhere, there will be performances from One Direction, Taylor Swift, Mumford & Sons, Robbie Williams, Ben Howard and Justin Timberlake.

Emeli Sandé is being tipped for double success with bookmakers William Hill offering virtually unbackable odds of 1/6 and 1/10 to pick up Best Album and Best Female respectively.

Meanwhile, a late flurry of betting activity has seen Calvin Harris’ odds on winning the Best Male category slashed to 5/2. However, the Scottish DJ is still behind Ben Howard in the odds with the singer-songwriter 2/7 on to win the award ahead of Plan B, Olly Murs and Richard Hawley.

See who is nominated at this years Brits and discover NME’s predictions and tips in Mark Beaumont’s blog.