The biggest awards ceremony in the UK music calendar, the Brits, takes places tonight at London's Earls Court, with young artists looking set to dominate their older peers.

One of the favourites to scoop at least one award is Lily Allen.

Though an unknown twelve months ago, she is nominated in the categories of Best British Female, Best Breakthrough Act and Best British Album.

She is up against fellow newcomers Corinne Bailey Rae and Nerina Pallot in the female artist stakes, while another nominee, Amy Winehouse, says she believes 2007 will be Lily's year.

James Morrison and Paulo Nutini are both in the running for Best Male Solo Artist following their debut albums, although they are up against Brits veterans Jarvis Cocker and Thom Yorke for the award.

The Arctic Monkeys are currently only third favourite for the Best British Group award, behind Muse and Snow Patrol.

In a bid to add more excitement to the event, the ceremony is to be broadcast live for the first time since 1989, though the presence of host Russell Brand and Oasis, who are set to receive a lifetime an award for Outstanding Contribution to Music have prompted the show's producers to impose a 30-second transmission delay.

14/02/2007 14:35:35