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Brit Awards 2016: Adele tipped for top prize

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Image caption Adele will be hoping to avoid the "audio glitches" that affected her Grammys performance

Pop star Adele is expected to win the top prize - album of the year - at the Brit Awards later.

She is also in the running for best British female, with bookmakers predicting she will lift both trophies.

Adele will also perform at the show, as will Rihanna, Justin Bieber, The Weeknd and Little Mix - who are bringing their mums to the ceremony.

Meanwhile, hosts Ant and Dec have joked that "capes are banned" after Madonna's agonising fall last year.

"It's a health and safety disaster!" Ant McPartlin told BBC Newsbeat.

"All stairs have been looked at, nobody should be pulled backwards. Only one flamethrower per table."

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Image caption Madonna's mishap at the end of 2015's ceremony made headlines around the world

Adele, whose third album 25 has sold 2.73m copies in the UK, looks set to dominate the awards, with further nominations for best single and best video - both of which are decided by a public vote.

Coldplay will also make history if they win either of their categories - best album or best group.

One win would give them a career total of nine Brits, making them the event's most successful band ever (Robbie Williams is the all-time champion, with an astonishing 17 trophies to his name).

Acts with the most Brit Award nominations:

  • 4 - Adele
  • 4 - James Bay
  • 4 - Years & Years
  • 3 - Calvin Harris
  • 3 - Jess Glynne

See the full list of nominees

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The ceremony will also feature a tribute to David Bowie, who died last month.

Details of the performance are under wraps, but Brits chairman Max Lousada said it would be "respectful and understated".

Image caption Brits organisers say they have consulted Bowie's family about the tone and content of their tribute

In contrast to the razzmatazz of Lady Gaga's tribute at last week's Grammy Awards, the Brits committee felt it was "too soon to have a full celebration of his life," he told Music Week.

"We want to mark it in a respectful way, rather than setting off fireworks or whatever. Hopefully people will have a time of reflection and be able to listen and take in some of his incredible body of work."

'Diversity issue'

Ahead of the show, there has been some controversy over the lack of representation for BAME artists.

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Media captionAre the Brit Awards lacking diversity?

Singer Laura Mvula said she would not attend the awards because of "the diversity issue", adding that black children grew up feeling they were "not acknowledged in society, in media and in mainstream music".

Rapper Stormzy also released a song, One Take Freestyle, protesting at the exclusion of artists from the grime scene.

"I felt very disappointed, I wasn't angry," he told BBC Radio 1.

"It was such a great year for grime and underground music... I thought maybe this year it might get celebrated."

The rapper has received support from the likes of rock band Wolf Alice, nominated for British breakthrough artist, who tweeted: "Grime music has been criminally over this year at the Brits. It has dominated the charts, the media and the word on everyone's lips.

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Media captionStormzy joined Clara Amfo on Radio 1.

"It would have been sick to walk down the red carpet with the likes of BBK or Stormzy."

Organisers have responded to the criticism saying:" The Brits take the issue of diversity very seriously and have always endeavoured to celebrate as broad a range of what's popular in today's music as possible.

"There are no individual awards for specific genres however, and since only a small number of Brits are awarded every year, the artists who are honoured tend to be those who have achieved the very highest levels of chart success.

"Given the rapidly changing landscape of music consumption, it may now be time to take a fresh look at the metrics around the Brit Awards to ensure they reflect the full range of engagement with recorded music."

The ceremony, at London's O2 Arena, will be broadcast live on ITV from 20:00 GMT. You can also follow live updates on the BBC News Website from 17:30 GMT.

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