Adele is nominated four times, including in the category Best Female Artist, and hopes to avoid the quack Grammy Awards last week, where she delivered a cacophonous performance due to a technical problem.
Interestingly, Amy Winehouse, who died in 2011, was also nominated in this category, under the soundtrack of the documentary that has devoted Asif Kapadia.
The songwriter James Bay is also nominated four times, like electronic music trio Years and Years.
Coldplay contributes him the title of best band and best album for his seventh and possibly last installment, “ A head full of dreams .”
The organizers have promised a “ tribute ” David Bowie, whose death in January, two days after his 69th birthday and the release of his album “ Blackstar “, has generated a stir in the music world and beyond.
According to British media, this tribute could meet in the vast hall of O2 old rivals Noel Gallagher and Damon Albarn, Bono, Coldplay and Adele.
But this event was to be the highlight of the ceremony, which starts at 2000 GMT could be tarnished by the controversy that arose over the lack of artists representing urban music or the picture of ethnic diversity, echoed the criticism against the very white selection Oscars.
The British rapper Stormzy, one of whose titles was ranked top 10 of UK sales last year, said he was disappointed not to see her represented musical family.
“ You know when you have that little bit of hope, and finally no, they did not ,” he said on BBC Radio 1.
Laura Mvula, a soul music singer, announced it would not attend the ceremony because “ the diversity problem .”
Alexis Petridis, rock critic for The Guardian, has accused him of Brits “ make the British pop music more boring than it is .”
The organizers defended themselves by saying that their goal was to honor the artists who had met the best results in terms of sales, but admitted that it might be time to take “ fresh look “how the nominees were selected. A committee supposed to help them open up to a wider range of talents will be put in place, they added.
Among the other nominees face Ed Sheeran, who won the Grammy for song of the year for “ Thinking Out Loud .” In London he also competes for Best song with the title “ Bloodstream “, and for the best video.
In the category best international artists included Björk, Lana Del Rey, Meghan Trainor, Alabama Shakes and Eagles of Death Metal, the Californian rock band playing at the Bataclan when the Parisian theater was attacked by jihadists on 13 November in Paris.