Adele and Justin Bieber expected to bag Brit Awards nominations


Adele and Justin Bieber are among the stars expected to be recognised as the nominees for the Brit Awards are announced. 

Both singers have soared to the top of the charts in the past year, with Adele's comeback single Hello and album 25 breaking chart records and singles from Bieber's album Purpose dominating the top five. 

Jess Glynne, Years & Years and this year's Critics' Choice Award winner Jack Garratt will perform at the nominations launch event, which is titled The Brits Are Coming. 

The event, hosted by Laura Whitmore, will be broadcast from ITV Studios in London. 

The Brit Awards 2016 will take place on February 24 at the O2 Arena in London and will feature performances from Coldplay, Bieber and Adele. 

The show will feature a special tribute to David Bowie, who died of cancer just days after celebrating his 69th birthday.

He was named best British male twice - in 1984 and 2014 - and received the outstanding contribution to British music award in 1996.

Brits chairman Max Lousada said: "David Bowie was one of the most important and influential songwriters and performers ever and, like so many fans around the world, we're devastated to hear of his loss.

"A visionary and groundbreaking pioneer, he has inspired generations of musicians and will continue to shape music for many years to come. Naturally, we wish to honour his extraordinary life and work at the forthcoming Brit Awards and pay a fitting tribute to one of our greatest icons."

Ant and Dec will return to host the awards for a second year in a row.

They said: "We're really excited to be invited back to host the Brit Awards 2016.

"In all honesty we only intended to do it for one year but had such a good time we are thrilled to be doing it again. Both of us are looking forward to what will be an incredible night, and we can't wait to celebrate the achievements of British music once again."

The awards are one of the biggest nights in the music business calendar, honouring British and international performers.