How to watch the BRIT Awards 2021 from anywhere in the world

Want to watch the BRIT Awards 2021 but you're not in the UK? Here's how to tune in from anywhere

 Lizzo performs live on stage during The BRIT Awards 2020 at The O2 Arena on February 18, 2020 in London, England.
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The BRIT Awards are back for 2021, and you don't want to miss any of the action. 

While we might have missed out on a lot this past year due to the pandemic, the BRITs actually went ahead last year just a few weeks before the world went into lockdown—and this year we'll thankfully be treated to the show again. Here's what you need to know...

When were the BRIT Awards 2021?

The BRIT Awards 2021 were held on Tuesday 11 May, at 8 pm GMT (4 pm ET). While they usually take place earlier in the year, in February, this year they were delayed due to the C-word. 

The audience will also be extra special this year, as 2,500 key workers will be part of the 4,000 people allowed to attend. The event is also part of the UK government’s Events Research Programme, which is putting on pilot events to better understand how to roll out big events later this summer.

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Who performed at the BRIT Awards and who was the host?

Host Jack Whitehall speaks on stage during The BRIT Awards 2020 at The O2 Arena on February 18, 2020 in London, England.

Jack Whitehall is back hosting the BRITs this year

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This year's BRIT Awards were hosted by the usual suspect, Jack Whitehall, on what was his fourth time presenting the ceremony. The show started with an impressive performance from Coldplay, coming straight to us from a pontoon floating on the river Thames, near the venue. 

The other performers were:

  • The Weeknd 
  • Dua Lipa
  • Olivia Rodrigo
  • Arlo Parks
  • Headie One
  • Rag’n’Bone Man
  • P!nk with the Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust Choir
  • Griff, the 2021 BRITs Rising Star-award winner 

How to watch the BRIT awards in the US (or anywhere outside the UK) 

In the UK, the BRIT Awards 2021 were broadcast live on ITV1 and the ITV Hub online at 8 pm GMT (4 pm ET) on May 11th. 

If you're in the US, Canada, Australia, or New Zealand (or anywhere else outside the US), you can still watch the BRITs on YouTube (opens in new tab), or using a VPN. Our favorite VPN service is ExpressVPN (opens in new tab), which is secure, reliable, and offers a 30-day money-back guarantee. After you get your VPN and change your territory to anywhere in the US, head over to the ITV website (opens in new tab) and catch up on what was a very special show.

Did BTS perform at the BRITs 2021?

Sad news for the Army—BTS did not perform at the BRITs 2021. Despite being nominated for Best Internation Group, the band did not singing Dynamite on stage...

BRIT Awards 2021 nominations and winners: the full list

International Female Solo Artist

Ariana Grande
Billie Eilish
Cardi B
Miley Cyrus
Taylor Swift

WINNER: Billie Eilish

Female Solo Artist

Arlo Parks
Dua Lipa
Jessie Ware
Lianne La Havas

WINNER: Dua Lipa

Male Solo Artist

AJ Tracey
Headie One
J Hus
Joel Corry


International Male Solo Artist

Bruce Springsteen
Burna Boy
Childish Gambino
Tame Impala
The Weeknd

WINNER: The Weeknd

Mastercard Album of The Year

Arlo Parks - Collapsed in Sunbeams
Celeste - Not Your Muse
Dua Lipa - Future Nostalgia
J Hus - Big Conspiracy
Jessie Ware - What's Your Pleasure?

WINNER: Dua Lipa - Future Nostalgia

Breakthrough Artist

Arlo Parks
Joel Corry
Young T & Bugsey

WINNER: Arlo Parks

Mastercard British Single

220 Kid & GRACEY - Don't Need Love
Aitch & AJ Tracey feat. Tay Keith - Rain
Dua Lipa - Physical
Harry Styles - Watermelon Sugar
Headie One feat. AJ Tracey and Stormzy - Ain't It Different
Joel Corry feat. MNEK - Head & Heart
Nathan Dawe feat. KSI - Lighter
Regard & RAYE - Secrets
S1MBA feat. DTG - Rover
Young T & Bugsey feat. Headie One - Don't Rush

WINNER: Harry Styles - Watermelon Sugar

British Group

Biffy Clyro
Little Mix
The 1975
Young T & Bugsey

WINNER: Little Mix

International Group

Fontaines D.C.
Foo Fighters
Run The Jewels


BRITs rising star

Pa Salieu
Rina Sawayama


Mariana is Editor of My Imperfect Life. She has previously worked for titles including woman&home and Goodto, covering all aspects of women’s lifestyle — from beauty and fashion to wellness and travel. She was nominated for AOP Digital Journalist of the Year in 2020, and for New Digital Talent of the Year at the 2016 PPA Digital Awards. She’s mildly obsessed with reality TV (Love Island memes included) and spends far too much time checking her horoscope and figuring out the perfect curly hair routine.