Brit Awards 2022: Maya Jama, Ed Sheeran and other stars hit the red carpet ahead of glitzy ceremony

Maya Jama and Ed Sheeran were among the stars stealing the show on the red carpet ahead of the Brit Awards 2022 this evening.

Suffolk-born Ed is among those vying for the top gongs – both artist of the year and album of the year – alongside Adele, Little Simz, Dave and Sam Fender.

Adele is already set to be a hot favorite to take home album of the year after 30, her so-called “divorce record”, sold more than 600,000 copies in a week as it finished top-seller of 2021.

And chart-topping DJ and dance producer Joel Corry said he expected Adele to “blow the roof off” the O2 Arena when she performs at the awards ceremony later.

But before then Clara Amfo and Maya Jama are welcoming award nominees during the red carpet show, while comedian Mo Gilligan will host this year’s ceremony, replacing Jack Whitehall who has helmed the event in recent years.

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Corry told the PA news agency: “I always get star-struck. There are going to be some incredible artists here tonight, and performers as well. Adele is performing. I have never seen Adele live. She is going to blow the roof off.

“I can’t wait to see that. Ed Sheeran is performing. I’m a big Ed Sheeran fan so I can’t wait to see that. The best thing about the Brits is when you are down there mixing with people and saying hi to people. I’m going to be mingling around.”

Holly Humberstone, who was named winner of the rising star Brit Award ahead of the ceremony, described being at the event for the first time as “very surreal”.

She told PA: “I have never attended the Brits. I have just watched it on TV from afar. It’s crazy. I can’t believe I’m really here, very surreal.”

The singer-songwriter, from Grantham, said her family were also attending and described their reaction to her success.

She said: “I think they are completely freaked out. The don’t know what to make of it – like myself.

“They are coming tonight, my parents and my sister, so it is going to be lovely having them here and knowing that they are here to see me.”

The Brit Awards 2022 will air live on ITV from the O2 Arena in London from 8pm.

Here’s photos of the stars as they arrived this evening:

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