Paloma Faith steals the show in stunning mosaic gown as popstars flock to the BRIT Awards 2018 nominations launch

PALOMA Faith reigned supreme on the red carpet of today’s BRIT Awards launch in a stunning gown – while most other popstars ditched the glam for a more casual look.

The 36-year-old star beamed as she arrived at ITV studios in a black frock coated in blue and pink tiles.

Wearing her hair in a strawberry blonde frizz that draped down her back, Paloma proved she was the queen of unique style by finishing her look with bright pink lipstick.

Up-and-coming star Mabel also dazzled on the carpet with a sheer trouser suit decorated with planets and completed with bright silver platform heels.

The draping coat was left completely open and revealed a bralet underneath made of blue velvet.

She completed the look with gold hoop earrings.

Jorja Smith, who won the first gong of the season this year by nabbing the Critic’s Choice Award, looked chic as she wore a black draped dress with strappy stiletto heels.

The rising star was presented with her award on stage by Rag N Bone Man, who won the accolade last year.

While the women came out in force, then men opted for more casual styles – with nearly all of them wearing simple jeans, t-shirts and jackets as they arrived for the live show.

At the event, hosted by Emma Willis, this year’s nominations list was announced to the public.

Ed has is considered the favourite to walk away from next month’s do with armfuls of gongs, thanks to nominations for British Male Solo Artist, British Single, British Album and British Artist Video of the Year.

However, Sam Smith fans were shocked as his comeback year failed to earn him a single award.

James Arthur also didn’t receive any recognition, and when asked by a fan on Twitter why, he simply replied: “I must not have done enough.”

Dua Lipa is also set to be a big winner on awards night after topping the nominations list with an incredible five awards.

Harry Styles is also going up for the best music video of the year, going head-to-head with former bandmates Zayn Malik and Liam Payne for the award.

When asked by Emma how he felt about facing his 1D brothers in the stand-off, Liam Payne – who had just performed Strip That Down for the crowd, responded simply: "It's so nice seeing us all do so well."

Airing on ITV, Paloma Faith, Clean Bandit and Liam Payne all performed their biggest selling singles of 2017.

The show teased what lied ahead for the stars in next month’s official ceremony – which will also be led by Emma Willis in hosting duties.

Ed Sheeran, Stormzy, Dua Lipa and Foo Fighters are among the stars who will be performing at the Awards show, which will be taking place on February 21.

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