4 juicy Brit Awards 2009 rumours

Lady Gaga: set to become a Pet Shop Girl?
Lady Gaga: set to become a Pet Shop Girl?

The 2009 Brit Awards ceremony is less than three days away, so naturally, the British media is busy speculating on what will and won't happen there.

To save you the trouble, MusicRadar has trawled the internet to come up with the following Brits-related rumours, some of which are probably true, and some of which are probably… well, not so true.

1. The Pet Shop Boys will go Ga Ga

Last week, The Pet Shop Boys debunked rumours that they were planning to duet with The Killers at this year's ceremony, but did admit that they had "two guests" lined up to perform with them.

Well, it seems that one of these will be Lady Ga Ga, who may or may not be hauled on stage to perform What Have I Done To Deserve This?, which was originally sung by Dusty Springfield. The Outstanding Contribution To Music Award winners scored a collaborative hit with it in 1987.

2. Leona Lewis won't turn up

The Daily Star reports that Lewis was "shocked" not to win anything at last year's awards, and is worried that she won't pick up anything this time around, either.

Surprisingly, she isn't even nominated in the Best British Female category, and her one chance of glory comes in the lottery that is the Best British Single section (it's voted for by the public, after all), where she's picked up a nod for Better In Time (see below).

All of this being the case, the word is that she'll stay away.

3. Paul Weller will be named Best British Male

The already underwhelming Best British Male Award may end up being a complete non-event if The Daily Telegraph is to be believed.

It claims that several bookmakers have suspended betting on the whole Brits event amid fears that Paul Weller's name has been leaked as the winner in his category.

Apparently, a flurry of bets on the Modfather aroused suspicion (but little excitement, we presume). Weller was previously honoured with an Outstanding Contribution To Music Award at the 2006 Brits.

4. The show will have a Glastonbury theme

The oddest rumour we've heard comes via The Sun, which believes that Earls Court will be styled-up to look like the UK's most famous festival for Wednesday's ceremony.

Word has it that there'll be a pyramid-shaped stage and farm animals (not live ones, presumably), and that the presenters will emerge from a caravan. Whether VIPs will be forced to relieve and revive themselves in chemical toilets remains to be seen.


Ben Rogerson

I’m the Deputy Editor of MusicRadar, having worked on the site since its launch in 2007. I previously spent eight years working on our sister magazine, Computer Music. I’ve been playing the piano, gigging in bands and failing to finish tracks at home for more than 30 years, 24 of which I’ve also spent writing about music and the ever-changing technology used to make it.