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How to Watch the 2021 Brit Awards

Brit Awards
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Mabel performing on stage at the Brit Awards 2020 at the O2 Arena, London.

The 2021 Brit Awards are coming live from The O2 arena in London on Tuesday, May 11, and you can tune in no matter where you are in the world.

The show, which will be hosted again by comedian and actor Jack Whitehall, will have a live audience of about 4,000 people -- roughly one-fifth of the venue’s capacity. The Brit Awards characterized the show as the "first major indoor music event to welcome back a live audience -- a pivotal moment in the return of live music at scale."

Dua Lipa received three Brit nods this year, which puts her in a five-way tie for the lead along with Arlo Parks, Celeste, Joel Corry and Young T & Bugsey. And for the first time in the history of the Brit Awards, female solo artists account for four of the five albums nominated for album of the year: Lipa, Parks, Celeste and Jessie Ware.

Taylor Swift will receive the Global Icon Award "in recognition of her immense impact on music across the world and incredible repertoire and achievements to date," becoming the first female artist and the first non-English artist to do so. The Brits' highest accolade has only been given to Elton John (2014), David Bowie (2016) and Robbie Williams (2017) in past years.

Coldplay is set to open the show with their new single "Higher Power," performing on the show for the fifth time in their career. The Weeknd, Lipa, Olivia Rodrigo, this year's Rising Star award winner Griff, Headie One, and Rag’n’Bone Man & P!nk with the Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust Choir will also be performing.

The 2021 Brit Awards will air Tuesday, May 11, starting at 3 p.m. ET on the Brit Awards YouTube channel live from London's O2 arena. UK viewers can tune into the show on ITV and ITV Hub.