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Ed Sheeran, Stormzy and Sam Smith are set to perform at 2018 Brits Awards

Stormzy, Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith are set to perform at the Brits next year (Picture REX)
The 2018 B..

Ed Sheeran, Stormzy and Sam Smith are set to perform at 2018 Brits Awards
Stormzy, Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith are set to perform at the Brits next year (Picture REX)

The 2018 Brit Awards is set to be a lively one when Stormzy, Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith hit the stage to perform their latest hits.

The musical powerhouses have been lined up to take to the stage at London’s The O2 in February – not only that, the trio is expected to feature quite heavily in the prize giving.

‘Show chiefs were desperate to secure Ed, Sam and Stormzy as they’re the biggest names in UK music right now,’ a source told The Sun.

Ed Sheeran, Stormzy and Sam Smith are set to perform at 2018 Brits Awards
Stormzy is set to perform at the Brits 2018 (Picture: PA Wire)

‘The combined record and streaming figures are insane and the booking is bound to add numbers on the viewing figures too,’ the insider continued. ‘It’s shaping up to be a top night.’

Rising star Dua Lipa – who is tipped to be shortlisted for the Best British Female award – will also be performing at the Mastercard-sponsored ceremony.

It’ll be great to see Stormzy and Ed back on the Brits stage as the 2017 award show saw the two pals remix Ed’s song Shape Of You which was followed by an incredible year for the two of them.

Ed Sheeran, Stormzy and Sam Smith are set to perform at 2018 Brits Awards
Ed Sheeran has had an incredible year (Picture: Getty Images)

Hopefully, Ed will receive far more recognition at the Brits than he did when the Grammy noms were announced last month.

Fans of the singer may have been left a little shocked – and disappointed – for the singer when he didn’t land any major nominations at the 2018 Grammys but he certainly seemed pretty unfazed by it all.

Speaking on The Ellen Show – where hoist Ellen DeGeneres said hit song Shape Of You has never left her head – Ed replied: ‘But that’s the point, that’s where you win. That’s where the validation comes from, where you actually see people—genuine people—enjoying the songs.’

Ed Sheeran, Stormzy and Sam Smith are set to perform at 2018 Brits Awards
Comedian Jack Whitehall is set host the awards (Picture: NBCU Photo Bank)

The latest Brit news comes after it was recently announced Jack Whitehall will host the ceremony on 21 February as R&B singer Jorja Smith has already been announced as the winner of the Critics’ Choice prize, which recognises emerging talent and in the past has gone to the likes of Adele, Ellie Goulding and Sam Smith.

Jorga came up victoriously up against Stefflon Don, and Mabel in first all-female line-up for the Critics’ Choice gong.

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