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Girl power as Brits mark 30 years

By Channel 4 News

Updated on 16 February 2010

It could be ladies' night at the Brit Awards with Lily Allen, Lady Gaga and Florence and the Machine all hotly tipped, as the biggest night in British music celebrates its 30th show.

Lily Allen arrives at the Brit Awards 2010. (Credit: Getty)

As ever, there are promises of a series of dazzling showbiz collaborations for which the Brits have become increasingly famous.

The showpiece duet, to be performed at the anniversary awards ceremony, will feature Florence Welch and Dizzee Rascal - both of whom are expected to walk away with trophies.

But there will also be an array of intresting one-off performances, and even a royal endorsement, for the anniversary night at London's Earls Court.

Prince Harry has recorded a special message to be aired during the live show, praising the event as it takes place for the 30th time.

Other performers will include Kasabian, Lady Gaga and Jay-Z, who will take to the stage with Alicia Keys.

Lily Allen will also take to the stage before she goes up against Lady Gaga, Pixie Lott and Florence And The Machine. All have three nominations each.

Comedian Peter Kay will host the event, which will see Robbie Williams given an honorary award for his outstanding contribution to music.

Williams will also round off the show with a live performance and is nominated in the best male category, against Calvin Harris, Dizzee Rascal, Mika and Paolo Nutini.

There will be an additional category tonight as show organisers mark the best British music of the last 30 years - the lifespan of the awards.

The special awards will include a category for the best Brits performance, with nominations including Sir Paul McCartney's Live And Let Die rendition in 2008 and Michael Jackson's Earth Song from 1996, which infamously featured Jarvis Cocker's stage invasion.

Brits bosses are also awarding a prize for the best album since the event began, with Oasis's (What's The Story) Morning Glory? favourite to win against titles by Coldplay and Dido.

New star Ellie Goulding has already been announced as the winner of the Brits critics' choice prize this year.

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