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Last minute preparations at the O2 Arena ahead of the 2013 Brit awards

The UK's biggest night in music will be celebrated this evening as the Brit Awards come to London's O2 Arena.

A team of 1,000 will be working backstage at the awards, in which three acts have achieved a trio of nominations.

Emile Sande, up for three awards Credit: Ian West/PA Wire

Mumford & Sons, Alt J and Emeli Sande are all up for three awards each, Sande is up against Amy Winehouse who could take a posthumous award for best British female.

Hosted by James Corden, the awards will feature performances from Justin Timberlake, Taylor Swift and One Direction.

A brief romance: Taylor Swift will sing tonight and Harry Styles will perform with his band One Direction Credit: Ian West/PA Wire

Adele is the favourite to win best British single for her Bond theme Skyfall, with the most coveted best album award fought between Sande's Our Version Of Events, Alt-J's An Awesome Wave, the Mumford release Babel, Plan B's Ill Manors, and Paloma Faith's Fall To Grace.

Earlier this month Mumford and Sons represented the Brits overseas, picking up a Grammy award for best album.

Brit folk band won the top award at this month's Grammys Credit: Reuters

Brit facts:

  • The crew has worked for two weeks to build the stage set, which has been brought on-site in 60 truck-loads
A photo of the stage taken yesterday Credit: Twitter/@BRITAwards
  • Crowd safety barriers which would stretch 2km end-to-end will be set up around the building to keep order
  • The sound and TV requirements mean that around 35km of cable will be coiled around the venue
  • Goodie bags for VIP guests include overnight stays in a treehouse suite, a karaoke kit, perfumes and a portable wireless stereo system
  • Catering staff will serve 4,000 meals to the guests and team involved in staging the event. The revellers will also use 15,000 glasses, while 5,500kg of ice cubes will be used to chill their drinks

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